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.

Do we live in pretty strange times or what? Just imagine this scene. A knock on the front door. The mailman stands there, and his expression is not one of adoration.

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The Commandments Revised ... Windows - surprisingly Windows - has a go at a Sermon on the Mount episode.
'You know the mail you woz expectin'?' he snarls.

'Forget it. I don't like this front door. It ain't new. Get a new door and maybe you can have your mail.'

Perhaps he hasn't grabbed you by the lapels, exactly, but he doesn't produce the mail.

And the internet version of the postie isn't giving it to you on your old phone and nor on your old iPad.

Then, later, when you look at the dear old mini iPad #2, you find there's been a sudden change of heart. Slowly, the mail arrives.

A pang of conscience

Perhaps the internet postman has suffered a pang of conscience.

The most likely reason, I suspect, is that new rules were introduced in the US, and these were what I saw on my gadgetry.

Then someone on a zillion dollars a month realised the error, and then turned on the change for the UK, or Europe. Well, for those of us on this side of the Pond, anyway.

The following came my way on my elderly Windoze phone. And it really seemed much more like the aggressive postman.

If I wanted to get my mail, I would have to agree to ... as I am about to type the demands, I still find it hard to believe what I am about to relay. The message reads: Windows would like to:

Read, compose, send, and permanently delete all your email from Gmail
See, edit, download, and permanently delete your contacts
Associate you with your personal info on Google
See, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar

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A Spring refresher ... Nature nodded this morning that Spring has sprung in London with these two happy lads in my communal garden. Somehow, looking at this odd pair made the world seem not so dotty as two internet giants seem to want it to be.

Thanks to the blunt Americanese, I half expected it to round off with a 'Have a nice day.'

The over-the-top commandments continue with these few lines ...
By clicking Allow, you allow this app and Google ... '

Offensive rubbish

Sorry, I'm too appalled to type more of the offensive rubbish. You'll see the childish audacity on the photo on this page.

But, dear readers, can this really be the Windows that we fell in love with when the word processing magic started all those years ago?

Is marvellous Google really associated with such over-the-top bullying?

What can one say? Well, what about thank God for Apple and its icloud dot com email.

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