The Mary Celeste Society

On 5th December 1872, the ship Dei Gratia was about 400 miles east of the Azores, when crew members spotted a ship adrift in the choppy seas. Capt. David Morehouse was surprised the vessel was the Mary Celeste, which had left New York eight days ahead of the Dei Gratia and should have already arrivedContinue reading “The Mary Celeste Society”

Rhodes – 2

Starting in the north-west of the Old Town, the first major sight the visitor comes across is the Palace of the Grand Masters, which was rebuilt by the Italians after an ammunition explosion destroyed the original building in 1856. The idea was that the reconstructed Palace would be an ideal place for Mussolini to spendContinue reading “Rhodes – 2”

Trakai Castle – 3

The walkways across the lake are well maintained and reassuringly sturdy. On the small island between the walkways was a man with an accordion playing small snatches from an international repertoire. I think he looked at the tourists heading towards him, assessed where they were from, and then played a tune associated with that country.Continue reading “Trakai Castle – 3”

Coconut Shy – Part 2

The other throwing events follow the pattern of the rest of the games and involve athletes hurling discuses, javelins, and hammers at a coconut. In the discus the coconut is set on a plinth at a distance of 55 metres from the throwing circle. If the discus lands within two metres of the coconut theContinue reading “Coconut Shy – Part 2”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3

Sheila opened the front door and shouted “Hello everyone I’m home.” The silence was almost audible. All she could hear was the cat miaowing. Sheila took off her shoes and went into the kitchen. Her husband, Walter, was sitting at the table pressing his Blackberry with a pointer. He was frowning with concentration. “Hello Walter,Continue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2

Sheila waited at the bus stop. After 10 minutes the bus arrived. There were a few seats available. Sheila sat next to a young man wearing headphones. The bus started off. Immediately, he stood up and stared at her. “Do you want to get off?” asked Sheila. The youth stared at her. Sheila gesticulated atContinue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2”

Playing Card Festival – 3

Jasper Bartram won the first contest with a score of 12 comprising two direct hits and two cards landing on the rim of the saucepan and remaining there. This is the only time that anyone has balanced two cards on the rim of a saucepan in the same contest. Nora Smith is the only personContinue reading “Playing Card Festival – 3”

Donington-le-Heath

Historical re-enactments occur throughout the summer months in the UK and many of these gatherings are on a grand scale and enjoyed by thousands of people, but I prefer the smaller occasions because you can mingle with the participants and talk to them when they are “in character”. One such event took place at the 700-year old Donington-le- Heath ManorContinue reading “Donington-le-Heath”

St Lucia

The road curved up and over the forested mountain sides. Heavy rain, pot-holes, and a complete lack of lighting meant the night time journey of 40km from the airport to LA Haut plantation lasted 1.5 hours. I was in St Lucia but my suitcase was still in Barbados. Damn! Eventually the taxi turned into whatContinue reading “St Lucia”

Dry Stone Walling Contest

“I can build a better stone wall than you can,” “My wall is straighter than yours,” and “My stone wall is longer than yours” were all familiar brags in 16th Century Yorkshire when the farmers were building walls around Littondale to enclose their sheep and cows. After 100 years of controversy and shoving between rival wall builders a manContinue reading “Dry Stone Walling Contest”