Karen has run off with a sailor

Just playing with an image taken the other day at our visit to HMS Excellent.

HMS Excellent

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Boy jumps off parapet and no one stops him

… and why should they when he’s having so much fun!HMS Excellent-3

Old Portsmouth Hotwalls was busy even though the school holidays have ended. Lots of ships and boats and, as can bee seen from above, youngsters enjoying jumping into the sea.

The weekend was a Heritage one and so  we chose to visit HMS Excellent on Whale Island. Old Gunnery Instructor salts walked us around and talked us through its history. This was good for Karen as her great uncle spent some time there as part of his 22 year navy service that included being on the HMS Superb at the battle of Jutland.  

HMS Excellent

Of course, we also wandered around the docks, and because we do it so often now I tend to see more detail. For example, some areas of Camber dock get clogged with flotsam and jetsam the stuff doesn’t move until the ship casts off.

HMS Excellent-2

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Man gets stuck on steps, men get stuck on yardarms and we all get stuck on the sunset

I’m just back from another wonderful few days in Portsmouth. The sun shone for the whole time and we wheeled some distances; even up some steps!


As always, there was a lot going on both onshore and off. This image is of some navy cadets onboard, and up aloft, the Royalist.


It’s funny because we go out early and seem to stay out late here but when in Beckenham we are rarely out after dark. Maybe its the views that do it.


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1990, 2014, 2017

Just saying

How time flies…

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Racism in Chichester


On a bright sunny August afternoon Karen and I watched and listened to a family as they were in turn subjected to, and subjected each other to, unfair discrimination.

Fiddler on the Roof is a really entertaining show and Omid Djalili makes a great Tevye and head of the fictional family I am referring to. It’s the issues raised in the show that really strike home: religious intolerance and oppression; the role of tradition in society; and gender politics are woven in this rather wonderful show.


What was also interesting was the audience demographics. The only Black person I saw was the car park guy: everyone else was white, and barring a very few exceptions Karen and I were the youngest by some margin. No conclusions were drawn from this, just the observation.

A great show…

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Meeting a big fat lady in Old Portsmouth

We met a new neighbour this week. She’s the biggest ship the Royal Navy have ever built.  As she made her maiden entrance into Portsmouth harbour at 7.10am on a rather dull Wednesday morning we began to get a sense of her size.

HMS Queen Elizabeth enters Portsmouth HarbourAugust2017

The crew do their thingAugust2017-2

The ship is impressive whatever angle it’s viewed fromAugust2017-3

We can see it from our flat – just. The row of helicopters centre left on this photo are parked on the ship’s deck. August2017-5

Of course this maiden entrance was made with something of a show.August2017

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Injuries and stabbings in Pompey

We’ve spent the last few weeks enjoying the summer and getting our flat in order. However things never seem to go smoothly.

I dropped some flat pack wood on Karen the other week – still the new furniture wasn’t damaged (although Karen’s leg was).Spinnaker Q-2

The offending furniture….Spinnaker Q

But we’ve also enjoyed the area as there is lots to do and see.

A view of our flat from the Spinnaker.Spinnaker Q-3

The summer holidays are here and the kids make the most of the location.Spinnaker Q-4

I still can’t get used to the views thoughSpinnaker Q-5

This past week we finished putting together some of the flat pack furniture while the weather turned.

New sideboardSpinnaker Q-6

New gate leg tableSpinnaker Q-7

Rotten weather and a police patrolSpinnaker Q-8

Oh – and I fell out of my wheelchair in the rain and Karen took the top of her thumb off with a knife.

Life hey?

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