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.

Please excuse the wide-open yawn in front of you, but really! Did you read that one of our allegedly highly educated politicians hoping to lead the country has apologised for taking cocaine a few times, when, naughty boy, he knew he oughtn't.

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Tricky, and how ... The cover of hand-outs for the Eisenhower–Nixon campaign, 1952.Thanks to Wikipedia for the image. By Republican National Committee - Brochure in the possession of Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda CA Acker Collection, Series 1 (Senator), Box 1, folder 1:5, Public Domain, Link
Dear God! Sometimes it is hard to hold to patience.

He's 'sorry' for what probably hundreds, perhaps a thousand or two, have gone to prison for.

And, dear electorate, he's sorry.

He should be sorry for letting the utter nonsense of the drug laws continue.

Tricky Dicky

Drug laws, let me add, recommended by that public disgrace and disgraced US president, Tricky Dicky.

Why do politicians love the nonsense so much? Didn't their history lessons cover Prohibition when the world learned of the evils of alcohol?

Did Prohibition last, could it? Has the world been destroyed?

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Hail Charlie ... The great comedian in his 1940 fim, The Great Dictatpr By Trailer screenshot - The Great Dictator trailer, Public Domain, LinkPhoto by Mitchel Lensink on Unsplash
Similarly with the drugs nonsense that UK follows so blindly. Perhaps when the prisons are utterly full, or more full than now, a spot of intellect will surface and actually question the nonsense.

That disgraced fool

And, let me underline, the nonsense comes from that disgraced fool whose notions we are obliged to follow.

When Richard Nixon learned of John Lennon's brief association with a radical political activist, he feared the rock star might sway young voters away from voting for him.

He enlisted notorious FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in an attempt to deport John Lennon and thus remove the imagined threat.

The case was eerily similar to that of another popular artist who fell into Hoover's sights. In the early 1920s, Hoover, then assistant director, considered Charlie Chaplin to be a likely communist and had his re-entry visa revoked while the star visited London for the 1952 premiere of Limelight.

Chaplin remained exiled from America until 1972.

A talk show at the time referred to part of the infamous Nixon Oval Office recordings. 'On one of the Nixon tapes, the president's henchman can be heard educating his boss - who was minimally knowledgeable of popular culture - about Lennon's vast popularity. "This guy could sway an election".'

This ugly side

This further ugly side of the political fool who brought Prohibition of drugs to the world – to bolster the power of politicians – is revealed by the excellent daily DelanceyPlace email, with an excerpt from The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lenon's Years of Revolution, by James A. Mitchell (Publisher: A Seven Stories Press First).

I was thinking of that public school clown's 'admission' and the nonsense that we non-politicians are not clever enough to know what is wise to take or not – and thus filling prisons and hiking the value of the rubbish sky high.

At that very moment, the highly recommended Anu Garg's A Word A Day email hit the intray.

It offered this most appropriate philosophy which that public school graduate might note: A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. - Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (10 June 1915 - 2005).

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