[20th January 2014]
Some shipping news. I'll be coming to the US to talk at a few events in March. First is a lecture at Seafarers and International House in New York City. Sunday, March 16, 2pm, at 123 E. 15th Street. Free admittance. The theme of ...[14th January 2014]
I don't agree much with New Year's resolutions, so I don't have any. But I do want to blog more. I want to write more. So my intent is to write more here, about all sorts of stuff. I will widen things a bit. But ...[11th December 2013]
For me, it was the knives. For my mother it was the tea cup. Ordinary household objects that meant such dreadful things. The cup came first. My mother, Sheila Wainwright, now 73, asked her husband John, my stepfather for 30 years, to put a cup on ...[25th November 2013]
Writing a book is a long and hard process, however enjoyable. Editing it is, too. A book manuscript goes through dozens of people. I had to read my text several dozen times, maybe more. But even so, there are errors. So here they are. If ...[8th November 2013]
This blog usually reflects whatever topic is consuming me at the time. Obviously for a while now the topic has been shipping. And in fact I've been so busy talking about shipping - gratifyingly - I've had little time or headspace to write on here. ...[27th September 2013]
I wrote a piece in 2009 for the Sunday Telegraph's Seven, on the use of mefloquine, or lariam, a common anti-malarial drug. I found researching the piece quite shocking because of the intensity and duration of the terrible side-effects that some mefloquine users have experienced. ...[25th September 2013]
I've written a post for the New Yorker's Currency blog. They have entitled it "how to fight pirates," but fighting means all sorts of tactics, from prosecution to ransom-chasing to private armed guards on ships. I was interested in particular by the 26 convictions ...