Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The BBC's David Amanor in the city says there is a lot of consumer demand for second-hand clothing, often imported from Europe, as it is cheaper than locally produced items. It is the same in many African countries. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11845851
Shame! If you've lived in West Africa for any length of time you'll know how important quality 2nd-hand clothes from Europe and the USA are to the people - they will last way longer than the locally made or cheap imports, and will be passed down, literally, from kid to kid until they fall apart. Olly
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Below, half way there:
It's a bit short at the moment, but as the hair grows the new hair can be locked into the original braids using something like a darning needle, and will get longer and longer. It is very low maintenance, and she can even shampoo it like real hair, which she couldn't do with normal braids or extensions. Great. A significant weight off Sally's mind! Olly
Monday, 15 November 2010
Magnificent views, eh? Olly
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
The funnel now looks very different, with a total of 6 newer and smaller exhausts, and four remaining big old exhausts for the four main engines.
The deck-plates in the engine room are gradually being replaced, as are the miles of pipework:
The Deck 8 canopy frame has been put up, with the help of the shore crane:
Welders are creating a wave-catcher in the pool:
It's bigger; it's better: a new Mercy Ships logo is going onto the funnel, twice the size of the one that was fitted ten months ago in Tenerife:
Jeff and Bowie are busy replacing sinks in the galley. The washing area will now have a triple sink in it:
Lastly, contractors are replacing much of the original flooring in the Deck 7 corridors, which involves removing the old lino and cement, and grinding or needle-gunning the deck before applying paint, new cement and lino. Very messy though: look at the red dust on everything in the photo:
S'all for now. Olly
After only a few minutes of flying, their wings fell off and they hooked up with other bugs and mated, before the ladies crawled off to their holes to lay their eggs, I presume.
Monday, 1 November 2010
...to be replaced by four new exhaust pipes for the four new generators.
Below, all these pipes and valves have to go back into the ship and be reconnected in the right order, to carry diesel fuel, heavy fuel, fresh water, salt water etc etc.
and Rachael and Bethany...