Watch soothing waves roll past a ship’s porthole


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That really was just what I needed.


My current entertainment is watching a live ticker + comment forum on a certain bizarre ceremony on an Austrian newspaper’s website.
That newspaper is usually one of the serious, dignified ones, but the stuff the journalists are writing is almost pure snark, and I have never seen the people of Austria so united on a political topic. It is truly uplifting and calming.


Ordinarily calming.
Seeing this today just reminds me of the Titanic.


/turns a little green


On fire and heading towards an iceberg?

Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
(Auden: 1st September 1939.)


Seasickness is a step up


Five years at sea as a young man, and that never can get old to me.


Lovely, but right now I feel like I want to be under the waves.


Lucy Bellwood’s site is amazing, especially if you like nautical stuff.

Or just definitely-not-filthy sailing terminology.


I don’t know. I think it will be fun to watch his followers meltdown as it becomes apparent that this presidency isn’t going to play out like think they think it will.


“…and the stormwatch brews
a concert of kings
as the white sea snaps
at the heels of a soft prayer

Excerpted from ‘Dun Ringll” (Jethro Tull)



I love it!


Well Played


I thank you, sir!


I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there -
I wonder if they’re dry?

-Spike Milligan


Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.

A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.

Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

~ T.S. Eliot


“It was a tewwible stowm. The boat wocked and wocked. Up one wave and down de other…” /Tweety


Ye landsmen, all pray list to me,
While I relate a terrible tale of the sea,
Concerning the screw steamer “Storm Queen”
Which was wrecked, alas! a most heart-rending scene.

From Sebastopol, with a cargo of grain, she was on her way,
And soon after entering the Bay of Biscay,
On the 21st of December, they experienced a fearful storm
Such as they never experienced since they were born.

…from The Wreck of the Steamer “Storm Queen” - W.T. McGonagall