Monday, 30 January 2012

All at sea

On Saturday, P&O's newest ferry, Spirit of France arrived in Dover. Here's a picture of me parking her up.*

We're always told to write what we know, so it seems a good plan to know as much stuff as possible. Any minute now I might find a competition for a story set on the bridge of a ferry and this research will be put to good use. If I make it a short crossing, I might fit it into this competition or maybe I could write about people travelling home for the holidays and submit the story here?

*Actually, despite my having a dayglow jacket complete with P&O logo and adopting my most reassuring smile, they didn't let me do that. Weird, eh?

28 comments:

  1. "We're always told to write what we know, so it seems a good plan to know as much stuff as possible."

    I love that line - spot on! Somehow it reminds me of an old saying: "The rabbit knows lots of little things, but the fox knows one big thing." Never found out what the fox's big thing is, though.

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  2. I've just nominated you for the Irresistibly Sweet Blog award but upon catching up with my blog reading, I realise I am two steps behind (as usual!). However, I think you deserve double helpings so my nomination stands :)
    http://scribblermaxi.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-sweet.html (but I shouldn't worry about the 7 things bit again, I know I had a devil trying to come up with just 7, but that might just be me...)

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  3. Baggy, I am really sat there - but I wasn't allowed to do anything.

    Rob, the fox knows how tasty rabbits are.

    Aaaw, thanks, Maxi!

    Nah, Alex - I can barely park my pushbike safely so they were right not to let me.

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  4. Gor Blimey our Patsy can't yer see the double yellers? Y'can't park there!

    PS - that was cutting it bloody fine (as King Charles I also said on this date in 1649 by the way) - I JUST got my entry in for that comp wot closes termorra.
    Thanks for the headzup

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  5. Patsy!!! You so looked the part too!! Awww what killjoys to not let you park this ferry! :-)

    Yikes - not much time for this comp but I'll see what I can whip up! Thanks for the info and linky!!

    Take care
    x

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  6. I prefer to write what I don't know. That way I'm forced to go research it. And, in turn, learn something new! How cool you parked a ferry! :)

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  7. Great pic, you shouldn't have told us. Write what you know -- I love the concept. I'm always amazed at what I DO know.

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  8. Sorry about the short notice, Celia. Spotted the comp just before I went away, but failed to realise how close the closing date was. Ooops. Only just got mine in to.

    David, using your writing as an 'excuse' to do the research is a great approach.

    It's the bright jacket, Theresa. Put on one of those and it's surprisinging what you can get away with.

    Thanks, Farawayeyes. I think many of us know more than we give ourselves credit for. What seems pretty normal to us might be different and interesting to someone in a different part of the world or with different life experience.

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  9. You should have made off with it - would have been an adventure ;-)
    I'm like David - I like to write about what I don't know (sometimes) x

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  10. More about 'who' you know than 'what' you know for this shot me thinks? There has to be a story in there about someone pretending to be what they're not?

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  11. I can't believe they didn't let you park it! I'm sure you wouldn't have hit too many things.

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  12. And not a ship's wheel in sight - or did ferries never have those anyway?

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  13. Teresa, a bit too much of an adventure for me - and I'd have been in soooo much trouble.

    Yes, the jaundiced michelin man is very in right now, Rosemary.

    Maggie, you're right - I got to be there because of who I know - and yes, maybe I'll get a story out of it.

    Not too many things, Linda. Just maybe the white cliffs of dover and a few ferries, but that'd be about it.

    They used to have them, Sarah - but now there's just buttons to press.

    It was, Margo.

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  14. Great post. =] And CONGRATS on reaching your Write1Sub1 goals this month!

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  15. Congratulations on your Write1Sub1 month. I enjoyed your poem There's Tartan in St Paul's as well. Keep up the good work.

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  16. Thanks, Milo - congrats to you too. (I know you're a veteran at this so it's reassuring to see people have survived and come back for more)

    Thanks, Diane (I mke a better bo'sun's mate but that's a whole other story)

    Thanks, Steve. Well done on your own W1S1 success

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  17. I think they might sign you up for the next James Bond movie Patsy. I could see you speeding round Portsmouth Harbour.

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  18. That sounds good, Suzy - hope I get a cool name to go with the job.

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  19. I need to read your blog a little more often. I just found these two competitions and they're closed. Oh well, I got quite a bit done on my website instead.

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  20. Sorry about that, Sheila. I try to give more notice, but sometimes I stumble across things at the last minute and it seems a shame not to mention them.

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  21. Now that is a highly impressive picture. Well done, Skipper.

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  22. It's the yellow jacket that makes it, Cowboy!

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