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Sailing Stupidity

Off we go! It is early in the morning and our destination is Nagannu island. Everything goes perfectly as we dip our way across the East China Sea to an uninhabited sub tropical island. What could be better? It is … Continue reading

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Japan

Japan was hit by a ferocious typhoon, many died and there was vast damage. My very sincere best wishes go to all who suffered. The rugby match between Japan and Scotland was threatened with cancellation. I knew it would be … Continue reading

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Japan Pension Service

I mentioned in a previous post that I had received a notification from the Japan Pension Service that I was going to get a state pension. It has been a complex business but is now sorted out. Here is a … Continue reading

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Stern Tube

The propeller shaft passes through the stern tube and in the stern tube there are bearings that allow the shaft to spin freely, er I think. The tube has to be packed with grease. To do so, I use one … Continue reading

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Stretch My Shrouds

Er, this is a pretty technical rigging post, feel free not to read. The shrouds on my boat are steel cables that are attached to the top of the mast. One goes to the port side of the boat, one … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

I went to a dinner last night with great trepidation. That afternoon, whilst I had been sailing, Japan played Ireland in the Rugby World Cup. I was terrified that someone would blurt out the result before I got to see … Continue reading

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Thanks

I open a letter this morning that looks very official. On the envelope, Japan Pension Service is written. Inside there appears to be some sort of cheque. I have made no effort to apply for a Japanese pension. It appears … Continue reading

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