Saturday, October 29, 2005
Its rough out and the wind on deck is fierce.
All around the ship are pale and pasty faced children who have got sick or are just about to. Our lads are hale and hearty so they must have their sealegs.
Heard a Brittany Ferries guy talking to some people and saying they will have more of these cruises next year but will probably charge a but more - today cost 30Euro for the five of us.
Well visibility may be poor and the wind may be blowing a gale but we are on the move and due back at 14.45
The ship is quite full and there are plenty of excited children around. Some people (including the guy driving on in front of me) seem boy to have been on the ferry before. Needless to sat the dominant accent is Cork boy .
Just passing haulbowline at the moment at a fair old clip. Maybe they will forget to turn at Roches Point !
Well the jazz cruise is today. The morning is dark , wet and very windy with a gale warning. I don't know if Brittany Ferries will consider the conditions to be adverse enough to stay tied up in Ringaskiddy but I hope not as a tour around the harbour would be nice. Still all will be revealed in a few hours.
I tied with the idea of letting the lads think we were going to France and then if one of them was bold we could say that we had asked the captain to turn round and drop is back home ! Sounds good in theory but could scar them for life and anyway we would be rightly stuck if the threat worked :-)
Not a great day to be walking between pubs on the jazz trail either . ....
Monday, October 17, 2005
The Navy were in town yesterday so I brought the lads along and we went on a tour. I noticed that one ship had a collection for a Belarussian orphanage but the Roisin had a collection box for the Children's Ward in Cork Regional.
I can understand that we collect for a remote country which has dire infrastructure and not much money but I think it's a shame that we have to fund-raise for our own hospitals. Surely in these rich days we should have a properly funded health service where our professionals can concentrate on care-giving and not fund-raising ? Maybe a little less tax cutting for Berties buddies wouldn't go astray...