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It is a few days since I left, last Monday in fact, but I had no Internet access. It is not that the ship doesn’t provide internet services, but at between 33 cents per minute, provided I buy 600 minutes in advance, and 79 cents if I don’t, it has the be damned important before I make use of it.

Sorry guys and gals, much as I love you all, I don’t love you that much…

So, having written this aboard, I am sending it from Nuku’alofa, Tonga*. Or, at the time of writing, that is the plan anyway.

First, the ship:


Notice the somewhat  iconic music hall just to the right? And the equally iconic bridge behind the foliage on the left?

How about the view from the back of the boat? Ok, I know that all you pretentious gits out there are muttering to yourselves that it is the stern, not the back, but I’m the one writing this, ok?


As to food, well, it is there, and plentiful, and guess where most of the passengers come from?


Anyway, changing the subject, for those who have never seen it, this is my local beach looking south towards Burleigh Head and Tallebudgera Creek, taken mere days ago. Not even five minutes walk from chez cats, and part of the route of my regular constitutional.


Here, on the other hand, is here view north towards Surfers Paradise in the distance.


Admittedly, the sand is usually a bit more evenly spread, what you see here is the result of sea surges during the most recent hurricane, with the rocks dumped there to preserve what is left of the seashore, but still.

You see why I am not back in London right now?


* Didn’t work from Tonga, the connection was too slow and kept timing out. Trying again from Samoa**.

Didn’t work from Samoa either. The connection was a data trickle and unusable. Trying again in Honolulu.


  1. Twenty_Rothmans says:

    You’re not sailing, you’re steaming!

    Bon Voyage.

    May people smoke on SS Minnow, and are they paying Australian prices for doing so?

  2. Mark in Mayenne says:

    You know how to make a guy envious.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    Looks good.

  4. Mr Ed says:

    He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Is that Manly beach? If so I’ve happy memories of swimming there during a gale in January 1984: the beach was absolutely deserted apart from me and a couple of Swedish guys.

  6. rapscallion says:

    Its not a boat, its a ship. A boat only has one deck. Nevertheless, have a great holiday.

  7. John Galt says:

    “A boat only has one deck.”

    Royal Navy submariners refer to a submarine as a “boat” even though modern ones have more than 1 deck.

    Admittedly, they didn’t use to.

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