Sailing to Purgatory
The final scene in this true adventure shocked the author, too.

‘The reader will be enthralled as Paul, former Fleet Street journalist turned professional yachtmaster, takes us along on his ‘swallowing the anchor’ voyage, his retirement from the sea.

'This self-confessed newish ancient mariner … has spent almost a lifetime sailing solo, as both an ocean going competitive yachtsman, as a DoT Commercial Yachtmaster, and during his circumnavigation to become a singlehanded Cape Horner ... Sailing to Purgatory has all the roller coaster elements of a heart stopping adventure — drama on the high seas, observing life ... undersea volcanoes, a love interest, and waves high enough to scare the pants off most of us.’ - Brenda Vowden, journalist, avid reader

Home from the outside ... St Helenans,
'Saints', round their South Atlantic
island in Midshipman,
en route for Stockholm.

Enterprising forebears ... The house Paul's father designed, and the car his paternal grandfather designed and built.

Running repairs ... crewman Declan checks rig fittings on the superyacht, Midshipman, which Paul sailed from the Cape to Sweden.

Sail power ... Gavin's Howe's beautiful yacht in the Mediterranean.

Rescue in the Southern Ocean ... Yachting World's international edition this month features Paul and Captain Fantastic in its Great Seamanship series.

Pat and Gerry Adamson, two wonderful supporters get Spirit of Pentax ready for her circumnavigation.

Home sweet home ... St Helena islanders, after a voyage round their island home on the superyacht, Midshipman.

Baptism of a Cape Horner ... Lady Chichester names Spirit of Pentax in a ceremony at Brighton Marina.

Homeward Bound 2 is prepared for her attempt on the longest open boat record.

Tri trials ... testing Paul's entry in the singlehanded race across the Atlantic are great friends Ron Pell, Jerry Freeman plus a keen helper.

Cover up ... Bob Abrahams works on cover ideas for Sailing to Purgatory.

Stocking up for 18 months ... Last minute farewells before Spirit of Pentax and Paul left on the long route to become Cape Horners.

Death of a racer ... Baltic Wind flounders after running into a container in the South Atlantic. Paul and a lady shipmate spent eight worrying days in a liferaft.

Considering the pride in our British ability to mock ourselves, how astonishingly strange that the Beeb, of all wise influences in life, should consider that a joke about royalty is verboten.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Dear little, um, dear, um, baby ... An old term of affection for little ones is considered suddenly to be inflammatory. Photo by Rose Elena on Unsplash
The gifted folk in that massively influential part of our lives, which agree to and laugh along with so many gibes at the British way of life, felt that a disc jockey's joke about royalty was OTT.

So much so that instead of telling him to delete tout de suite his tweet suggesting that the new addition to royalty might be a little monkey - that favourite term of affection by new grandparents - they fired him and very publicly.

Hasty decision

Perhaps only bachelors were involved in that hasty decision for what term is used more for little additions than endearingly put, 'little monkeys?'

Danny Baker of Radio 5 was fired so publicly that if he hasn't already been offered a job by commercial radio, one will almost certainly be in the morning's post.

Unending broadcasts about the babe's arrival certainly made little Archie top news. Did the news deserve such prominence? Perhaps it was chosen to divert the public from political games over whether UK leaves the EU.

A caption pretended that it might have been the brand new little prince and his parents.
Yet what was the joke that cost that long-standing BBC announcer his job?

He tweeted an old photo showing a couple from many, many generations ago, walking with a dressed-up chimpanzee. A caption pretended that it might have been the brand new little prince and his parents.

In a nation that prides itself in mocking every level of society, the Beeb hysteria is odd. Seemingly executives saw it somehow as racial. Perhaps it means that relatives gushing over new babies in future better choose affectionate terms with great care.

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