Been there, vomited on the t-shirt

‘There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. That’s what Mr Toad said in The Wind in the Willows. Had he been on board the Navimag ferry as it lurched about the Pacific like a drunk in a panic, he might have saved his tweedy…

Africa’s American

Originally uploaded by fd Woke up this morning after way too little sleep to see the following in my inbox. It’s from a friend in Tanzania – Kenya doesn’t have the monopoly on tagging hope to Obama. I share his fears for ‘Bama’s potential assassination but most of all I choose to share his optimism…

Word of the Day

‘Gitstorm‘ – Charlie Brooker’s descriptor for the BBC’s Russell Brand/Johnathan Ross flap. Great piece from him here. Says Brooker, for the benefit of those bemused at the popularity of the Daily Mail, which fanned the flames of this particular conflagration: ‘The Daily Mail – not so much a newspaper as an idiot’s guidebook issued in…

Fear & Loathing?

Great article from The New Republic on the punishing Originally uploaded by juffrouwjo four-yearly journalistic ritual that is an election campaign. Perhaps this is why journalists are called ‘hacks’, because this beat is a long hack, an unbearable slog that breaks men, ruins relationships, skews career trajectories and emotionally rapes journalists who are pegged to…

Finally…

In a world of downward trends, this is nice to see: It’s the average boat speed graph from the Volvo Ocean Race. Ericcson 4 (the orange line) has just smashed the world record for most miles in a 24-hour period – 585 nautical miles (673 regular ones). That’s an average of 28 mph in a…

Why Blog?

Originally uploaded by sevensixfive It’s often hard to explain to someone who doesn’t blog, or read blogs, or use RSS feeds, why blogging is useful, or why it is so addictive. One of the first blogs I was introduced to was that of Andrew Sullivan, senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s a proliferate blogger, a…

Extreme blogging

If your laptop was in a noisy, vibrating sauna – would you blog? Probably not. And if it took you 45 minutes to upload a minute of video, would you bother? No, probably not. And what if, while blogging, all you could eat was flavourless, grainy rehydrated slop – would you keep writing? No, me…

HANDS THAT DO DISHES…

…Should probably be protected with sailing gloves when sailing. Below the fold is a pic of my shredded hands – the result of one day’s racing on Lough Ree. I should have known better. Since this, life has been pretty busy, and I haven’t really had time for sailing. I’ve been buried in work, taking…

Free Encrypted Laptop

With every application for this job (third from top). Honestly, if you’re considering joining the intelligence services, and the place you look first is the Guardian Jobs site, perhaps you’ve already failed the entrance exam. Do pay attention, 007.