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Heading to Tilbury docks for the grand voyage!

November 15, 2010 2 comments

The final send off - Herne Hill

It was great to see so many friends all afternoon and evening yesterday. Thanks also to my brother, his wife  and cousin who came over to South London from quite far away! I still feel drunk from all the wine and Jaegermeisters and have a dull sort of a headache!

Can’t wait to open a bottle of champagne as soon as entering the suite on the Grande Francia! I will have limited access to internet in the next 30 days but will update this with news as soon as possible. Probably in a couple of days from Antwerp! Love you and will miss you all! xxx

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Grande Francia is late!

November 10, 2010 1 comment

Grande Francia

I called up the port manager at Tilbury docks to confirm that the later sailing date of 14th Nov is now confirmed and he told me that she will now not set sail til next Monday! So, yet another day of winter to bear in London but a welcome one as not started packing yet!

Now, if I could just decide which of the multitude of malaria tablets, seasickness pills, murder mystery games and shoes to take with me!

Someone told me that only one in a hundred actually suffers from seasickness. I wonder if this is true??

Farewell to my lovely friends!

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you all for meeting up for drinks, dinner and party last night! Lamb chops at Tayyabs were yummy and there are photos of everyone posing with one or the other foodstuf there. All photos are on Flickr and Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=251227&id=713476043

Battle of the fireworks in London!

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Guy Fawkes, dressed to kill!

Sister-in-law and I with Diwali lamps

Today is Guy Fawkes night and Diwali. First time since 1972 has these two coincided. Both are celebrated with fireworks at night. London is where the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 took place for which Guy Fawkes was partly found guilty.  He was found a traitor and received a sentence to be hung, drawn and quartered! Conversely, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus to mark the return of Lord Rama from a 14 year exile. His villagers – in welcoming him back – used little earthernware lamps and ancient fireworks to light his way into the village.

Magic Theatre at the Rivoli

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Kat the Spider

Rachel - Frankenstein's bride!

What a night at the Rivoli last night! Halloween has never before been so much fun! Especially as so many friends turned up. Two of them managed to get a mention in the best dressed category and walked down the wall of fame! Well done Kat (spider outfit) and Rachel (bride of Frankenstein costume) who created their own outfits out of bits of cloth, string, tights and other weird things from the pound shop! Lovely to see you all – Lisa, Lou, Mel, Kat, Rachel, Stuart, Lindsay, Adam, Simon,  Gareth, Susannah, Colin, Sue, Anna, Will, Gema, Elizabeth! More photos on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelleyfroggy/sets/72157625153882949/

IP rocks!

October 28, 2010 2 comments

Leaving Card!

Thank you IP for an amazing year and putting so much thought into my leaving pressies! I am looking forward to getting a couple of books on Amazon for my kindle with my voucher. The bottle of wine I intend to crack open when I reach the equator on my ship at the end of November! Here is my itinerary:

  • 12 Nov – Tilbury
  • 17  Nov – Le Havre
  • 25 Nov – Dakar
  • 27 Nov – Conakry
  • 28 Nov – Freetown
  • 06 Dec – Rio De Janeiro
  • 10 Dec – Montevideo
  • 14 Dec – Buenos Aires



End of work is nigh!

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s my last week with BP and I can’t believe how quickly a year has gone by. I am going to miss Sunbury. Well, not the campus but certainly the people. Especially the lovely people in the P&T Team! They have been so nice and supportive throughout my notice period, giving me lots of advice, encouragement and nuggets of information such as how seasick I am likely to feel; how November is the stormiest month on the Bay of Biscay; and my personal favourite – how the Somalian pirates have begun to venture around to the west coast of Africa where my barge (yes that’s how they affectionately call my freighter!) will be stopping in Morocco and Sierra Leone. I will miss the team! For a couple of weeks.

Joking aside, it’s been a great experience working at BP and I have made lots of friends here who I hope will continue to stay in touch. A couple of people are even threatening to visit me in Argentina (Rachel, please do!). With the oil being drilled in the Falklands Islands, if BP gets involved, I might get an opportunity to stay both with BP and in Argentina for longer! 😉  This wouldn’t really sit well with my opinion on the Falklands though. I am going to come out and say it right here, right now. I just wish the British would give the Falklands back to Argentina!

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