Riders on the Storm – by the Doors, Dark and Stormy a brew when relaxing: the drink rarely would be mine … more likely a glass of vino would be my tipple …
|The album cover|
But appropriate choices of Ben Keitch, who hails from Eastbourne apparently, and is one of the skippers selected for the 2019/20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race …
|Clippers at rest in Liverpool|
c/o The Guide Liverpool
where a huge wine box was unveiled at the end
of the 2017/18 race
I’ll get to where this post came from and is going to shortly! The Clipper race reminds me of Cornwall, my mother and her sailing interests when the Tall Ships came into Penzance harbour …
... but Ben reminds me of my Oxford days … though no degree for me – just school, friends, and the fact my father, uncle and cousin all had degrees from Worcester College …
|Eastbourne seafront along the various promenades - the|
lovely turquoise tiled bandstand with the 'denuded' pier
in the background (after the fire a few years ago)
Where was I?! Memories, apart from today’s life here in Eastbourne … Ben has had some incredible experiences … 18 months with the Antarctic Survey, running a festival in the Spanish desert, working in a travelling circus as an aerialist …
... he has a PhD in Physics from Oxford, with interests in electronics, environmental impact, and acrobatics … I guess most of those you’d need skippering a Clipper round the world.
Now to why this post is being written … some friends came round for supper and having seen this wine box in Waitrose bought me one … memories of South Africa …
… I love the quote on the box:
Change the World or Go Home
|We only ever had a few pieces of|
plain blue and white Cornishware ..
Viota is a cake mix from the early
The colours reminded me of my Ma and our Cornish days … the blue and white of Cornwall’s china … the blue skies and crested waves of Kernow: branded Cornishware … which I wrote about in my A-Z 2015.
I know, I know … here’s a right tangle of tentacles creating a post … but inspiration struck … and then in trying to tie things together … here’s another appropriate quote for this paragraph … found under the Stormhoek name … “Catch the Moment” … I get distracted!
|c/o Clipper Round the World|
It is something I’ve have absolutely no wish to do … race the Atlantic or actually sail anywhere else … love looking at that wet stuff, but am very happy on land.
So to a glass from a box that will bring back many memories from times in Cornwall, Oxford, South Africa and now Eastbourne … with a few other places in between …
|c/o The Liverpool Guide ...|
The race is held every two years … and in March the eleven selected skippers were revealed … they have over a million miles of experience between them …
… and must be outstanding instructors, exceptional motivators, and strong role models … keep calm and patient under pressure, and - understand all types of personalities …
… just like us bloggers?! or authors, or journalists …
The Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other, the race is taken by ordinary, everyday people (about 700 of them) – with no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on board 70-foot ocean racing yachts.
There is nowhere to hide – anyone can take part … where bankers work alongside students, and waiters rub shoulders with chief executives … as the waves or words mix and match …
|Some white crested waves|
reminding me of the Cornish seas
So the nod to ‘Riders on the storm’ is just right today … life has led me on a roller coaster – thankfully the sun is out, this post is done … memories have abounded … the sun is not over the yard-arm – but I shall enjoy a tipple with friends tonight! I’ve caught my moment and need to get out into the fresh Spring air …
|A photo I took of an art work on display in a local|
memorabilia exhibition - it is dated July 1968
Have peaceful, thoughtful Memorial Day weekends, or for us our Spring Bank Holiday weekend … the weather looks mixed – such is the British weather world … at least it won’t be Stormy … but we can Celebrate and Change the World with hope and love …
… my head is buzzing with storylines …’Catch the Story’ should be my motto for today!
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