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.

We don’t have to be gardeners to know the importance of bees in our lives and yet somehow it seems that when dear Bore-is was learning about the fundamentals of flowers in childhood, he didn't quite comprehend how it all worked.

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' Bees are crucial to our economy. Without them it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops.' Photo by Scott Hogan on Unsplash
From his publicised lifestyle, we might assume he gathered plenty about the birds and the bees.

But possibly he missed out on learning that bees themselves really are important in our lives and to life.

Most of us, brought up in a far less privileged way, learnt that bees play a vital role in our existence.

It's their task

It’s their task to pollinate our fruit and vegetables so that the plants don’t just give us the food we need, but they go on and on to feed our youngsters and their children, and generations to come.

The organisation warns that the pesticide is so potent that just one teaspoon of it is enough to kill over one billion bees...

And yet the greatest threat to bees has been authorised by the government. Following pressure from the National Farmers’ Union, the UK is now set to allow the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

These poisons were effectively banned in 2018 after numerous studies linked their use with a devastating impact on bees, and then on bird populations through a huge reduction in insect populations.

Organisations like 38 degrees warn of the serious harm that will follow dropping the ban on the bee-killing pesticide, neonicotinoids.

They are angry that the government hasn't voted against an amendment that would have kept this dangerous chemical out of our farms for good.

So potent

The organisation warns that the pesticide is so potent just one teaspoon of it is enough to kill over one billion bees!

It’s tempting to think bees just provide us with honey, say Friends of the Earth.

In fact, they’re behind much of the food we eat, including most fruit and vegetables.

Bees are crucial to our economy. Without them it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops. 'In a world without bees, our food would cost a lot more to produce and our economy would suffer.

'Bees are incredibly important. They pollinate plants in gardens, parks and the wider countryside, including more than three-quarters of the UK’s wildflowers.'

Healthy animals

Flourishing nature and healthy animal populations are a sign of how healthy our environment is, the organisation reports.

However, they warn, with the government's plan, a million species face extinction, including more than 20,000 species of bees and a quarter of UK mammals.

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