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Jon Bean
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The Stocks, and a Matter of Public Record
In the old days, if you were convicted of a crime one of the possible punishments was essentially public humiliation.  You wore your crime literally in public, locked away in a wooden crossbar with your transgressions on display.  People threw rotten eggs a...
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Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Saint Helena is described as an emerald cast in bronze for a reason.  The island is part of the mid-Atlantic ridge and is essentially the top of a dormant volcano.  The bulk of the volcano extends deep underwater, the highest rocky point of the island sits ...
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Insurance Claims in Nigeria
I met someone on the RMS St Helena who talked about an experience that he had while living and working in Nigeria. He and a friend were hang-gliding or ultralight enthusiasts.  I can't remember which.  The two of them were on a Nigerian hillside, all set up...
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(Not) Sleeping on the RMS
The RMS St Helena is posh, structured, and lovely.  The people here are helpful and the ocean is gentle.  The food is good quality and the tiny little container forces people to get to know each other and become friends. That, and I can't sleep.  At all. It...
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The Very Posh RMS St Helena
The RMS St Helena is supposedly one of two remaining Royal Mail Ships, but in practical terms according to all of the crew and passengers that I spoke to, it's the only one that's truly accessible or truly close to the original experience of sailing on a Ro...
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The smell of South Africa
One place in the Green Point area is called Giovanni's.  They're a cafe and grocer and they make a mean espresso and chocolate croissant.  I don't know if it was mist or fog that covered the docks, but it slowly burned off as I walked towards the waterfront...
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The Smell of South Africa
One place in the Green Point area is called Giovanni's.  They're a cafe and grocer and they make a mean espresso and chocolate croissant.  I don't know if it was mist or fog that covered the docks, but it slowly burned off as I walked towards the waterfront...
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Cape Town, on the first pass
Cape Town will be more than a stopover on the return trip, but for the moment it's very temporary.  Fried after 36 hours in airports, I went directly to the hotel from the airport and slept for 4 hours.  I spoke briefly with a friend and then slept for anot...
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Another Lesson in Transience
36 ago I went through Vancouver International Airport.  An old flame complained about YVR and about the abbreviations for airports in general because the abbreviations follow no rhyme or reason.  I can't disagree with her. Next to the International Departur...
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Choking on Breakfast
(There's a wide gap between my last post and this one.  My last post was October.  This post is happening right now, today.  I'll still fill in the gaps) I had what I would call "idle curiosity."  A friend of mine who I've known for ages spent years researc...
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