Header image: Henri Lloyd in St Katharine Docks before the race start

Bits in-Between


Outside National Orchid Garden

Written 1 March 2014, at sea Shopping Singaporeans like shopping and eating. That’s what Paulina told me as she walked me to Orchard station to meet Peter at Clarke Quay station after the first night at her and David’s house. They’d provided a lovely meal of steak, salad, potatoes for James, and vegetables. Then a…

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Boats (not?) to go round the world in

Touring around Brisbane, I came across a few boats! Apart from the fact it’s pink, I thought this 34′ yacht was quite small enough to complete a round-the-world trip. Add to that the fact that the skipper, Jessica Watson, was just 16 and she was single handed. Then right next to it there was this,…

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Feeding Kangaroos

While in Brisbane, I took a boat trip (!) up the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There were koalas and apparently it was free to cuddle one but before you could get in the queue you had to have bought a photo. The sanctuary was established in the 1920s when it was…

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Turns out Brisbane is a massive city and I have only had chance to see a small part of it since flying in from Cairns. Mostly the South Bank. My hotel is at one end of it and it stretches along the Brisbane River to the south. A bit like London’s South Bank. Other similarities…

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After my short time in Sydney there was yet another flight – to Cairns. In trying to cope with time difference I was not allowing myself to sleep until the evening.  So I woke with a start much to the surprise of the guy in the next seat. How to stay awake? Cup of tea,…

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Rum Runner

“As typical with sailboats, the cabins are not spacious or very private; they are for resting and sleeping. The common areas include an open saloon area and galley inside and both covered and open outside decks ….  and with separate Male and Female Toilet – Shower Cabinet. Overall, she is a comfortable sailboat, well suited…

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