Posted by: williekp | April 3, 2012

Crossing the Equator and making sure you don’t upset Neptune!

Today was the day we crossed the equator. I am not sure who was on watch but they were sufficiently dozy that when I was called, I had missed the actual moment when the Latitude went to zero. It is traditional to have a ceremony and whilst I am not suspicious, it is not worth taking any chances with Neptune, even if you waste a bit of booze. I hope that the links to the short videos I have posted on You Tube work.


  1. Hi Billy,

    Just to let you know that your blogposts are appearing more frequently now – 7 or 8 have just arrived. Glad to see from the fishing photo at the blunt end that you are tied on even when you are awake and alert.

    Dad went to the Buffs last Saturday (31 March) – dropped off by Marie & Geordie. I gather he made his own way home. He has vetoed Mullan Mews or similar after 2 visits there, When I saw him over the St Patrick’s Day weekend he was frail, but chirpy. His short-term memory is shot, and, in my opinion, he is chronically malnourished and dehydrated. You can lead a 93 year old to water … “Sure I have 2 cups of tea a day – that’s all I need”. I’m not sure he knows that he loses consciousness from time to time. It is highly likely that the lack of water and nutrition adversely affect his electrolytes and may well contribute to any other reason for his falling over every so often. Other than that, his other HEFOE (PULHHEEMS for medics) signs are very good for his age.

    I’m glad you corrected your Plough/Pole Star gaffe. When south of the line you will find the sun still rises in the east, sets in the west, but progresses via north (looks like overhead where you are at local noon – not quite so in the Falklands, as I discovered.

    No falling off, or falling out.


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