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At Sea North of New Zealand

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Awoke rather tired after loud music had kept me awake until well after midnight. It is the first time it has happened, hopefully also the last. The morning dawned briskly cold and the promise of a reasonable sunrise. The ship is moving quite slowly compared to the frenetic pace of the previous days. Up on deck we experienced a wind from the stern as the wind exceeded the ship's speed, not something that happens frequently. Managed to capture an impressive series of images as the sun played with and amongst the clouds.

Breakfast of fruit, smoked salmon and pickled herrings was completed and we left quickly to escape the shrill voice of some American female who sat at the table next to us. So back to the cabin to plan today's activities, looks like there will be plenty to keep us occupied.

First up today was Alan Dowty who outline the rise of Islam and the expansion of the Arab world over time and the birth of Arab resentment at the time of the Crusaders and growing ever since. Prof David Hughes took the stage and enthralled the crowd with another lecture on the planets of our solar system and many planets attached to other stars in the universe. d.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk

Back to the cabin to work on my review letter for a while then off to lunch on deck 10. Next event was the guest's Talent Show - great laugh, funny stories and some good singing, very brave people.

Attended Carol Grace's discussion on the topic of self publishing of books in the form of e-books. She claims that whilst there is some more work involved it provides for total control by the author.

Back to the main dining room for dinner where we were welcomed back like old friends, the meal and the service as always was excellent.
Tonight's show was split between Jackie Love and Mark Merchant who stated again that the proceeds of the sale of his DVD were all donated to charity.

Early morning tomorrow, we are due in Tauranga at 0615.

Posted by greynomadm 02:49

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