Life at the end of the road

March 17, 2013

All quiet on the eastern front :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, South Shields — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:17 pm

It’s been a while I know but I’ve not felt like burdening anyone with my gloom, for I am indeed truly miserable, still that’s me been here exactly a week and I’ll soon be heading home. It’s not the course at the college , that’s extremely interesting and relevant. It’s not the digs at ‘The Clifton’ on Ocean road, far from it, Dave and Susan have looked after me splendidly, the place is immaculate, clean, warm, quiet and the food great. It’s just that I hate it here and feel like a ‘fish out of water’, my right knee is killing me and preventing me from doing the only thing that kept me sane on previous visits, which is walking Sad smile

Sunday 17th March

Well this is me making a half hearted attempt at catching up whilst watching though all I keep seeing is


‘John Boy’ from the Walton’s  Smile I can’t say that I’m giving it my undivided attention for it would be difficult to improve on Lewis Milestone’s seminal anti war film of 1930,  and I’ve yet to come across a remake that improved on an original. Casino Royale excluded that is not that I’ve seen the 2006 effort but it would be hard to make one worse than the original Smile Not that  it did much good, for nine years later we were at it again Sad smile

Sorry, got distracted there by a salad from the ‘Sahara Flame’  over the road, and of course my comfort for the weekend, a flagon of Weston’s cider Smile Much as I detest ‘fast food’ the effort from the Turks, Cypriots, Algerians or whatever they are on Ocean road is excellent, a huge bowl of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, gherkin, chilli and olives for £2.99. Of course I have absolutely no idea what they are saying to me on account of my poor hearing and their combination of Geordie and whatever it is but we seem to get along just fine and I now have some new pals Smile

Anyway, where was I, well back at college I suppose, where most of it was spent on various simulators


starting up, and at times ‘blacking out’



various oil tankers and cruise ships.


Now this may not seem at first glance to have much relevance to a 40m long RoRo ferry but I can assure you that it does. Gone now are the days of wandering around every pump, generator, engine and fan to start it then giving it a thwack with a hammer if it don’t go. Nowadays it’s all done with a mouse and it takes a little getting used to Smile

News from home

It’s just my recent addiction to ‘the box’ and an unhealthy amount of Weston’s and red wine that’s kept me sane, it’s also the regular news from home in the form of phone calls and emails Smile

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Raasay House has been formally handed over to the community,


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Dave Thompson has written to us all regarding a ‘community buyout’ and today we got 32 eggs from 32 hens Smile


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The croft is in capable hands


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and the ‘wee dug’ just as miserable as me Smile

It tastes better from a glass

This last couple of days have been a bit of a struggle, I’m not used to being confined and it would have been even harder work had it not been for my hosts, Dave and Susan. Friday night and, after a week of abstinence I set off out to venture across the road to the ‘offy’, a small corner shop on Ocean road with a good selection of red wine. On the way out of the front door I engages in conversation with my affable landlord Dave, informing him I’m off to buy a bottle of wine. On my return I’m greeted by Susan, his wife, and a glass, “Dave says it always tastes better out of a glass” says she  Smile



They do my washing for me, keep me fed and are the perfect hosts,


I really don’t like it here on ‘the eastern front’ but I’m glad that I’m ‘billeted’ in ‘The Clifton guest house’ on Ocean road Smile

This sore knee has been a real pain in the butt but today, after much ointment, several pain killers and the application of a very expensive knee support I risked a wander.



This will be the Havila Pheonix, a serious off shore supply vessel that was berthed just opposite the South Shields ferry landing.


The DFDS ‘King Seaways’


was also in port and at 27 years of age can’t be far from abdication Smile or at least a change of venue to the Philippines or Indonesia Smile 



Unusual these day in not having a ‘bulbous bow’ was the Cypriot registered ‘Pedhoulas Leader either bringing coal or taking away scarp, perhaps both Smile

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