Well another week seems to have flown by. Lots of interesting things going on and plenty to be thankful for!
I have met several seafarers affected by the downturn/redundancies and cuts in pay… I suspect that this will be an ongoing issue! Today was a glorious day in Aberdeen, however there were lots of empty berths…
There have been some wonderful ship visits… and some difficult ship visits. My volunteer ship visitors continue to do a great job… and there certainly seems to be plenty to keep the Aberdeen Seafarers Centre occupied!
We had a great weekend last weekend – 36 seafarers in the centre and as can be seen from this short video clip, (Click Here) the mainly Filipino lads really enjoyed our facilities!
In the picture opposite, sitting at the desk in the Seafarers Centre one afternoon, is a female cadet… yes, they do exist!
I was also heavily involved in resolving a difficult situation for one seafarer who accidentally washed his passport… it is a long and complicated story, but I managed to avert him being sent home and left stranded at Aberdeen Airport without the right documentation!
I was asked if I could do a scattering of ashes at sea by a lady – I was expecting it to be her husband, but it was for her! “Rumours of your demise have been greatly exaggerated,” I told her! Seriously, she was trying to organise her funeral arrangements to minimise any pain for her family.
Sadly, whilst on the subject of dying, it would seem that my Apple Mac Pro is on its last legs. It is 3 and a half years old and there is a fault in the video card. You can see exactly what I mean in the picture opposite. Also my iPhone 5, now almost 4 years old is playing up and in need of replacing. An expenditure in the region of £2,000 will be needed. Technology is great – when it works!
On a personal level, it was good to relax last Saturday and enjoy a morning coffee sitting in the garden before my daughter, Naomi, painted the fence! Great work Naomi! She too has been made redundant so is available for work – although I don’t think that she is inclined to become a painter and decorator for a living!
Tomorrow I have a scattering of ashes at sea, followed by a vessel Christening and on Saturday participating in a wedding! I’m not sure that I got these in the right order?? Haha!
Well, on that note, I think I will head for bed! Enjoy your weekend!