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Fly away

September 23, 2013

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It has been a long time between posts and I’m flying again. In the next month I will be catching eight planes to traverse the distance between Melbourne, Indonesia, Cambodia and back again. Roughly 6887.42km, 16.20 tonnes of emissions,  35 trees. To offset the ‘full global warming impact’ through www.climatefriendly.com will cost $356.40. To offset only the emissions is […]

All at sea

December 29, 2012

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  In the latest The Big Issue I write about travelling by cargo ship to and from New Zealand. Pick up a copy from your local vendor!

The other Bahia Castillo affair

July 19, 2012

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The ship that took us from Auckland to Melbourne was the MV Bahia Costello.  She was much better behaved then her namesake, a 9959 tonne lady circa 1913. That first Bahia was a shit storm on water. Like most voyages, the first Bahia Costello started out badly.  Filthy and under stocked, she halfheartedly welcomed on […]

Portrait of the captain as a god.

July 12, 2012

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What is a captain? When you board a cargo ship you meet the captain. He may be drunk in the poop deck or guiding his large family around the ship on a nautical tour. He may show you around the ship or leave you to your room and porthole. He may be young as rain […]

Shipping out

June 26, 2012

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At 16:00hrs Auckland time, Tom and I will be hauling our 150kg of luggage along the rain spat on Auckland Port dock towards the Bahia Castillo – the ship that will take us over the Tasman to Melbourne.  We’ve been watching the great lady come in and perving at her profile photos on the ship tracker this […]

Business class

June 22, 2012

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We are travelling back to Melbourne via cargo. The more you book cargo travel the cheaper and easier it gets. Perhaps I give off some sailors’ scent now – a mixture of brine, smoke and loneliness – that booking agents are tuned in to. It has the equivalence of a business class ticket. I am […]

Kill Your Darlings on the high seas

May 31, 2012

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My latest article about travel by cargo ship has lonely sailors, femininity and projectile vomiting. Read it at Kill Your Darlings