FROM 2-12. Lisbon-Equator

A Talisker moment

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Thanks to Pete Goss whose 18 year old Talisker is our mark for each arbitrary 1000 miles away from Falmouth. We've just had no. 3, after a Proper Berri Breakfast of ancient Bacon and Murphy's Medicinal Compound. And wouldn't that make a basis for a nice cryptic clue?? The bacon is just getting that interesting uber-flavour – still exuding about a tablespoon of pussy water every 4 slices and still very noice!

Another bird – not in the book – slender, ternlike, span about 40 cm white head and underbody, black beak and eyes, dark topsides, chevron across inner tops of wings, white leading edges to outers. Single (?) long tailfeather, longer than the body and stiff. Curved appearance to wings and outers do the flapping. Carla – yo! Your bird book is wonderful, now that I have a bit of time to learn how to use it. Just seen a Madeira Storm Petrel and a Sooty Shearwater (I think) which settled on the water behind us. What happened to Aries? Don't know whether you were with us about 2 weeks ago when I saw a spectacular entry and burn up right over the top of us – speculation that it was an awol US rocket that was not on public view.

A shoal of small silvery blue fish with, I thought, a dark flash – perhaps 20 – like vertical ovals, small tail on the back and almost no cross section. Appeared to be immensely purposeful and in perfect formation. Sad little flying fish on deck tis morning – Pete said one hit him on the ear last night and surprised the cods out of him – left him covered in scales. Perhaps this was the corpse.

Nice offer of contribution to Iridium costs. Thanks mate! I'm going to go on sending this stuff as if it were free like sailmail and hang the expense.

Berri is creaking like she never did – interesting – possibly to do with the post Roll repair but more likely decrepitude, like her crew. I don't think she's in any way about to kark.

Doug – thanks! If you have links to any of that stuff and you can send them to Steve W or berri2@gmail, perhaps Steve could put them on the blog? Truly fascinating. What time of the year were Dagelet and Kerguelen out there? Neil – g'day. Sue, hi from the mob – glad you're sleeping – must be really scary. We're sending you gentle vibes. Z out of hiding. Ron – nothing like a cryptic to pass the time between drinks. Hi to your mate. David – there must be wrecks like that all over the world!

A friend in Cape Town has kindly agreed to let us use his address for snailmail. It's a private address and won't go on the blog but if anyone does want to write to us, Steve W has it. Send him a note via our berrimilla2 gmail address and he will give it to you.

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