Pitch and roll

March 11, 2012

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David Foster Wallace describes when the heavy waves come straight at a Megaship’s snout, the ship goes up and down along its long axis – this is called “pitching.” It produces the disorienting sensation that you’re walking on a very slight downhill grade and then level and then on a very slight uphill grade […] […]

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Collective nouns for ships

March 6, 2012

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The collective noun for the group of ships that one is waiting for is ‘an uncertainty’. With three days to go before we ride the ocean from Melbourne to Auckland we are certain only that our ship will be leaving ‘about 9 March’. Here are a few other things we know: • We were originally […]

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How to catch a cargo ship

February 2, 2012

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In March 2012, Tom and I are catching the cargo ship ‘Natalie Schulte’ across the 2623 kilometer ditch that separates Melbourne and Auckland. It will take eight days. Apart from feeling a need to live out the opening credits of The Wire season two while also being unable to text, email or even pigeon for […]

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‘Love, death, birth, beauty, evil’ … and flight

November 19, 2011

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In The Southerly online, Andrew Bourke writes about ‘Poetry with Wings’. His post has me captured, mid flight between looking up one thing and another, firstly because of the beauty of the poetry such as Dennis Haskell’s: we navigate by our ears as this horizontal stunted yacht edges forward inch by drawn-out inch. Secondly because, […]

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Afters

November 12, 2011

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I asked him what meal he got, what movie he got and he said, nothing. Nothing. You had to pay for a movie and pay for a meal. But … but … you’re flying. Don’t you get cognac for breakfast, a foot massage for lunch and a hand job in the toilets for afters? Isn’t […]

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Eat more chips

October 18, 2011

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While I’m all for eating more chip in order to be able to fly again, the reality, it seems, is not so simple *eats another chip*. Reachthisharchit … *swallows* Read this article in The Guardian and the hot debate that follows in the comments …

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Concession to New Zealand please.

August 31, 2011

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In an email conversation with Mr Cargo Ship, he said ‘why go to New Zealand’ when you could go to Philadelphia via the Panama Canal and Jamaica?’ Why indeed. Maybe it’s coming down to the answer of ‘why not?’ Why on earth can I get a flight across the ditch with the flick of a […]

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That time when I travelled

August 24, 2011

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That time I came out of a supermarket in Amsterdam and a guy was singing earnestly to a store dummy he was pushing around in a trolley, ‘you’re not much of a girlfriend, but you’re the only one I’ve got!’

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Cars and why I don’t like them.

August 23, 2011

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This has nothing to do with petrol. Or the environment. But it does have something to do with why I like planes so very much and that has to do with fuel … and the environment. When I started this not flying thing the problem seemed to be in getting overseas. I’m used, now, to […]

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Come fly with me

August 5, 2011

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What do you do when you don’t fly for a year?

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