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The Life and Death of Flying Fish

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This could possibly be the best footage ever captured of mahi mahi and frigate birds hunting cooperatively for flying fish. Flying fish can be seen jumping out of warm ocean waters worldwide. Their streamlined torpedo shape helps them gather enough underwater speed to break the surface, and their large, wing-like pectoral fins get them airborne.

Flying fish are thought to have evolved this remarkable gliding ability to escape predators, of which they have many. Their pursuers include mackerel, tuna, swordfish, marlin, and other larger fish. For their sustenance, flying fish feed on a variety of foods, including plankton. There are about 40 known species of flying fish. Beyond their useful pectoral fins, all have unevenly forked tails, with the lower lobe longer than the upper lobe. Many species have enlarged pelvic fins as well and are known as four-winged flying fish.

The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish breaks the surface and begins to taxi by rapidly beating its tail while it is still beneath the surface. It then takes to the air, sometimes reaching heights over 4 feet (1.2 meters) and gliding long distances, up to 655 feet (200 meters). Once it nears the surface again, it can flap its tail and taxi without fully returning to the water. Capable of continuing its flight in such a manner, flying fish have been recorded stretching out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).

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World cruise delayed

We have to postpone and delay our world cruise indefinitely for another day as I have to return to South Africa once again. Due to Britsie's ill health and recent developments with our previous company, I have to return and see what can be done to manage the company. Flights are already booked and I will land in Johannesburg this coming Monday morning. We will then meet the people who bought the business from us and discuss the way forward.

Quite frankly, we do not have any desire to become landlubbers nor business owners again and will surely miss our life on the water. Revelations will go into long term storage here in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and hopefully it will not be too long before we can return and resume our world cruise.

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Fight & destroy or extend the olive branch

Communication received from the people (their attorney) to whom we sold our business, implies that we cooked the books (so to speak), misrepresented financials to them and as such overstated the value of the business. Well, none of this is true! We exercised due diligence and indeed were conservative declaring the profits actually made. Things like all the cash money taken out of the business were higher than actually taken into account, the donations and things we gave freely to churches and some welfare organizations were never mentioned nor taken into account - we also scaled down our personal expenses. If all of this are taken into account, the profits would even be higher and the company would be evaluated at an even higher value. Despite having been conservative, the company was evaluated more than double what it sold for. I wonder what the company would have been valued at had we declared every last cent on the above mentioned things.

So why would they make claims that the business was over evaluated? Frankly, I don't know the answer for this, but there are a number of possibilities;

  • A disingenuous attempt to delay our legal action against themselves for not paying their overdue monthly financial obligation?
  • Is it greediness, ignorance, lack of business experience or perhaps plain stupidity?
  • Maybe they are not looking at the valuation process in the same way as practiced by business brokers traditionally evaluate companies.
  • Perhaps they do not have an understanding of the norms and standards used by professionals who sell businesses.
  • Maybe they want to re-invent the wheel how businesses are evaluated.

Instead of talking to the professionals in the highly specialized field of selling businesses, it seems they are listen to attorneys or accountants will probably only look at submitted financial balance sheets. As all business owners in South Africa know and commonly practice, financials reflect the least amount of profits to prevent draconian taxes being paid. Attorneys specialize in law and ligation - it is not their business selling companies which is a completely different specialist expertise.

Their attorney proposed to have the business re-evaluated and the new valuation (higher or lower) will then become the selling price of the company. Under such agreement, the new evaluation will replace the value the business was sold for. If the evaluation is lower than what they paid for the business, we will then settle for a lower sale price. On the one hand, if the business is evaluated higher than the sale agreement, they will be legally obligated to pay the new evaluation amount. We are most receptive to settle the matter in this way as we stand to make several millions more. But I wonder what these people will say and do when the new evaluation shows the company to be more than double the amount stipulated in the company sale agreement? How will this affect them? Where would they get the extra millions from? How will they deal with this huge financial burden?

Despite being wronged by their actions and seeming intentions, we need to remain human and have compassion - we certainly do not wish undue harm or damage to anybody, including them. Since this path will most likely involve a long drawn out process, destroy them financially and most likely also do damage in many other ways, in addition, we proposed an alternative solution which if accepted, will allow everybody to move on with the least amount of damage. However, with this counter offer, we once again bent backwards to accommodate these people.

Our conscience is clear, we sleep peacefully every single night without any ghost/s eating away at our souls for we have never cheated them in any which way or manner. To the contrary, in all our dealings with them, we bent over backwards and did more than our required obligations. Unfortunately and sadly I cannot say the same of them - but so be it. We extended the olive branch with our alternative proposal, a offer which ensures that there are no losers and which also prevents extensive harm coming their way. We are at peace with whichever course they take.

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They will be crazy to take such a risk, but knowing lawyers, they tend to make things sound so good. Until the judge says differen... Read More
Friday, 04 September 2015 10:30
I say screw them! Take back your company.
Friday, 04 September 2015 10:39
Although not our initial intention - we have now done just that . We went to court and took our company back.
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Liars, Thieves and the Corrupt

It is a sad day when people turn out to be nothing but thieves, liars and con artists. When they cannot be honest and open enough to tell you that they are having financial difficulties paying the large sum of money they owe you. Instead of openly and honestly discussing this and seeking a way forward, they resort to supposedly clever but cheating tricks and manipulation thought up by themselves and their lawyer to avoid paying the amounts due for the strong and wealthy kitchen and bedroom cupboard manufacturing company they have bought. Instead of admitting that they are having difficulties controlling, managing the company and making sufficient profits in order to pay the monthly installments, they resort to the clever tricks of a lawyer – perhaps even on the assurances that they have a strong case. In the end, there will be somebody who lose and will have to foot the bill and it is never the lawyers - for every lawyer tend to tell you that there is a strong case, for even if they lose your court case, they never lose anything.

For them to think that embarking on such a path would bring them success and that there will not be severe consequences costing them many times more than what they rightfully owe. Instead they embark on a legal war path of which consequence they as yet have no understanding. The repercussions will be huge, will affect not only themselves, but also the lives of the many innocent people employed there and dependent on the company for their well being. To then be known a liars and thieves in a market where every supplier know of each other and word spreads like wild fire is simply stupid, reckless and suicidal.

Then the embarrassment and humiliation of the continuous derogative whispers behind your back amongst your own employees and business associates who have lost all respect for who and what you are (whilst complaining about this very lack of respect) – nothing they say can ever be trusted again. In the end, when justice prevails, having brought about all sorts of negative effects and devastating financial consequences upon themselves and many others, when they finally have to own up to what they have done and be branded as thieves, liars and con artists – would they look back and say that it has all been worthwhile?

Your fortunes and conditions of life depends on the very decisions you make on an every day basis. Make good decisions and generally life will be good to you – make bad decisions and you will certainly pay the price, but many times over. Clearly they have no understanding of this fundamental life principle and as yet have to learn this. For such people, there cannot be any respect, understanding nor any empathy for they deserve every hardship coming their way. Unfortunately, a lot of innocent employees and suppliers will be affected by all this needless destructive results and callous greed of these thieves, liars and con artists. Being a business owner is all about honesty and integrity, for if you lose this precious value, you are no longer in business - for then you are nothing but a thief, a liar and a cheat. Then neither do you have a viable business and for the chosen path forward is devastating destruction. But these people clearly have no concept of that, besides the disgusting taste of these people, one can only wonder about their soul relationship with GOD Almighty.

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Bliksemse skelms! Ek hoop hulle vrek van ellende! Maar wag, Karma vergeet nooit 'n adres nie!
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:59
Interesant? The writing is on the wall. Seen it, warned. And it fell on def ears
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Bolero at Sunset

Since 1995, a local musician has been going out on a river boat every single day, playing the beautiful "Bolero" song on his saxophone here in Cabedelo, Brazil. An entire local tourist industry has developed as a result of him going out playing the same sound track every day for the past twenty years. About 40 minutes before sunset, a number of boats carrying tourists would congregate in front of the riverside restaurants. This is the situation every single day with a couple of thousands of tourists gathering at these restaurants and riverside to listen, photograph and video record the daily ritual. Besides the local restaurants, there are many kiosks and shops open for the tourist congregating for the event. These shops are highly dependent on the tourists the musician attracts and only trade from about 16h00 to around 20H00 each day.

Shortly before sunset, all the blaring music will quiet down and the place will become silent. The musician then start playing his saxophone through a joint sound system shared by all the restaurants. He would slowly make his way through the restaurant to a mooring and then climb inside the river boat to be paddled around the waiting boats full of tourists. The boat man skilfully paddles the boat in the fast flowing river visiting each tourist boat circling as he makes his way. After visiting each boat, the man then paddles back to the adjoining restaurant from where he started and the song ends as the last light of the sun disappears behind the distant horizon. We were in our own dinghy when we video recorded this daily event, the flow of the river was really strong and our dinghy bobbed up and down - hence the jerky video motion.

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Salvador Graffiti

Everywhere you go here in Salvador, graffiti is never far away - especially on old buildings. Some of this graffiti are quite skillfully done and although we do not quite get every thought or idea depicted in every scene, it is interesting to look at. Here is a small collection of this street art we encountered around Salvador, Brazil.

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Easing into cruising life

There has been major adjustments for us during the past 3 months as we ease into the cruising life. Many of the things we did back home, how it was done and the way in which we went our business is so very different from what we are doing now. Back home, with water on tap and on demand, little thought went into where this precious resource came form and what a great convenience we enjoyed all our lives. Now that we are living "on the edge" so to speak, finding or getting or making fresh water is no small event. When full, our water tanks on board Revelations only take around 700 liters and this lasts us for about 10 days washing clothes, drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning. By yacht standards, 700 liters of freshwater this is a LOT of water and other cruisers think we have the ultimate luxury - some of them only use 100 liters every 10 days. Tap water here in Brazil is not safe to drink and one have to either buy bottled water or make your own fresh water through desalination. Either way, it is a regular task and each one taking hours and at cost to accomplish. So imagine our delight when we find this free spring water resource, directly piped to the taps of the marina at Ilha de Itaparica! Here is Sue playing her part filling up water containers with spring water. Check the suntan!

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Moqueca de Peixe

Called "Elevator Lacerda" is this public elevator system at street level which for a fee of 15 Brazilian cents (60 South African cents) will elevate you from the lower city to the upper city. The upper city is located on a ridge some 80 to 100 meters high overlooking the lower city and large sections of Baia de Todos od Santos - the huge bay along which shores Salvador is located. The set of four large capacity elevators are always busy with 1000's of people passing through every hour instead of walking the steep inclined roads to the upper city. Today was about the fith time we used the elevator to go to the upper city, we were hungry and was looking for a restaurant serving traditional Brazilian food.

We found this large public square surrounded by a variety of shops selling it's wares to passerby's. It was clearly a very touristy place and many of the shops catered for this, but we did not really care as we are after all also tourists here in Brazil. There were hundreds of people strolling around, old and young, thin but lots of really fat people, the good looking and the sheer ugly. There were also some hobo's around but they all seemed to have some mental issue or perhaps smoked something they should not have - some persistently begging and even demanding money, cigarettes, even shoes or anything else which caught their attention. As if giving you something, some peddlers would shove their goods at you as if for you to take for free - but alas, this is not the way it works. The moment you lay your fat paws on these shoved items, the demand for money starts. So we were strolling around in this area, looking around, inhaling the very essence of the place.

Amongst several other shops and eateries, all competing for your custom, we find this quaint little restaurant in a well maintain old building. The waitress who only speaks Portuguese, really tried her best to get us interested to sit at their tables and order their dishes. I have long given up but Sue continues to look at the menu, also written in Portuguese, trying hard to figure out what the hell we should eat. The dentist and her cousin who kindly translated the procedures for us, recommended that we try one of Bahia's favorite dishes - "Moqueca de Peixe" (loosely translated as "fish stew"). Between the waiter trying her best and Sue, they find the item on the menu and we are ushered to a table and were asked if we immediately wanted our free Caparina's (a popular strong alcoholic beverage). Hell yes - bring them on!

Sitting at a table outside the restaurant in the middle of the square, we watch the wild array of passerby's whilst sipping this delicious but very strong Caparina beverage. It is a surreal situation sitting there observing the activities around us and near impossible to describe in words. But we are at peace with where we are, privileged to indeed have this opportunity (travel the world), quite happy and content to be with each other. Every now and then, somebody very different and even weird would pass by and knowing that there is a story behind each life, we could only guess and speculate about this, what they are about, their lives and the entire experience.

Soon our Moqueca de Peixe arrived, beautifully prepared, served on a piping hot plate and with several bowls of side dishes. The hotplate sizzled all the while releasing it aromatic and spiced up aroma. It looked and smelled good but even tasted better. Moqueca de Peixe is indeed a delicious Brazilian dish which we utterly enjoyed - certainly a dish worthy to add to our growing list of all time favorites! You can look up the recipe on the internet and try it at home - you too will not be disappointed! It is real good

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So what are we up to?

Time here in Salvador has it's own meaning where tomorrow is another day - but hey, this is the province of Bahia and things here move at a leisurely and "one thing at a time" pace. But despite this, we are slowly managing to getting on top of things and sorted out - here are some of the stuff we have done or are busy with.

One night just before going to bed, I remarked that one of my upper teeth felt sensitive - not sore, but sensitive. It was like I chewed a lot of hard biltong where my teeth took some strain. The only thing was that I did not chew on anything hard that day but it was no big deal and I thought it would pass. The next morning, I woke up with what seemed like a golf ball implanted in the side of my face. Overnight, I developed an abscess and it was SORE! A throbbing pain and I could feel the pressure building up in my upper gum. This happened a couple of days before the carnival and where would we find a decent dentist. There are many so-called dentists around Salvador and walking around the area, we have seen a number of these which look like "pavement specials". Really dodgy looking dental setups with rough hand painted signs at the entrances proudly declaring "professional" dental work. These are the places you would take that dog which barks non stop at the moon throughout the night and every night. That dog which drives you totally insane and who's owners do not seem to mind your hearing agony. So whilst you might desire to take those dogs (and their owners) to these dental pavement specials - these are not places you want to visit for work required on your own teeth.

Asking around, we found a decent dentist about 30 kilometers away from where we are located. In the interim, Sue had me on antibiotics which reduced the infection and the pressure causing the throbbing pain. Communicating with the dentist is another story but she was most helpful and even used a voice recording/translating software application for our discussions. But even this was difficult as some things would have a completely different meaning once translated. I have been to the dentist five times already, drilling and grinding away, doing root canal, filling and whatever else she did - I will mostly likely have to go twice more before everything is sorted.

The hydraulic ram of the autopilot system was stripped and it was found that Steve Searle, Cape Town did not seal the unit when he serviced and assembled the equipment mere weeks before we left. This has now been repaired and with no further detectable leaks, this seems to have been sorted out - hopefully this problem will not rear it's ugly head when we depart from here.

We also found that the bearing of the generator's water pump seized. This was stripped and taken to a workshop for a new bearing replacement - the water pump will be returned to the boat within the next couple of days.

En route from St. Helena to Salvador, we found lots of water leaking into the starboard engine compartment. Upon investigation, we found that the bilge water whale pump pipe, allowing water to be pumped overboard, was cracked and leaking. This skin fitting is about 200 mm above the water line and as waves would pass the yacht, this skin fitting dipped below the water line and sea water would fill the pipe. Since the pipe was cracked, it leaked large amounts of water into the engine room bilge. Both the port and starboard bilge whale bilge pumps are now fitted out with new pipes.

We also found a local worker and his companion who is now polishing the entire boat for $R2000 (just over R8000). For many years now, the paintwork on Revelations have oxidized and became dull. This is only their second day at this laborious job and although far from complete, the paint sections they have done now sport a new lustrous and bright shine.

Due to incorrect information and instruction supplied by the water maker people, AquaMarine in Cape Town, the stainless steel water tank holding the pickled water to be cycled through the water maker burst when we ran the system. When one is not using the water maker for a week or longer, the water maker membranes must be pickled with a biocide to stop all sorts of growth in the water within the system. We video recorded the pickling instructions and followed the exact procedure. Instead of successfully pickling the water within the system, it burst the pickling tank. We have now removed this damaged stainless steel tank and I have already devised another system which we will apply within the next couple of days.

We still have to sort out some electrical problems on the boat and the electrician arrived a couple of minutes ago and is now looking at the system. The lights do not shine as bright as they should and is affected as we switch other equipment on or off. Despite having it's own on/off switch, the fuel transfer pump will only run when we switch all the saloon lights on!? Then there is the B&G autopilot "fault" which gave us so much problems causing us to hand helm most of the way. I have since found out that it shows "fault 101" which according to the manual is some magnetic issue with the fluxgate compass.

Once all of the above are sorted out, Revelations will once again be ready to take us to our next destinations - which at this stage, we have no clue where it will be. However, we are not there yet neither are we ready to depart from Salvador as we still want to visit some anchorages and moorings in the area.

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I like this .... which at this stage, we have no clue where it will beCheers Brent
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Bus ride

For days on end, we have been pre-occupied with boat repairs, internet connections, sourcing and obtaining supplies, finding out where to go to buy common things like food, water and other day to day stuff. We have still not really explored any part of Salvador neither visited any touristy places, churches, museums, beaches, anchorages, etc. With our own boat still to be repaired and also somewhat carrying the responsibility to discuss and seek solutions to have the yacht Entheos sorted out, we have been spending far to little time on things which give us joy. In conversation and indirectly reminding ourselves that we embarked on this world cruise to see, discover and explore foreign places - it was time to get back to the purpose of us visiting Salvador. With this in mind and with the onset of cabin fever, we decided to hop on a bus and see where it takes us. It did not matter which bus nor which direction or route the bus would take, we were fed up that we have hardly seen anything despite us being in Salvador for two weeks.

So we hopped on bus No. 210 and paid the required $R1.50 (just over ZAR6.00) and with the bus already speeding up, we staggered down the center aisle to our seats. The bus has seen better days and the shocks were literally fucked, but with the windows wide open and with the wind blowing in our faces, we were quite excited to be on this small adventure into the suburbs unknown. Salvador is a densely built up area with narrow bumpy little streets running in a crazy maze. After several stops, lefts and rights, winding and twisting roads, one is easily lost where North and South loses all meaning. The buildings are neglected, dirty, collapidated, built adjoining each other (read; "on top of each other"), last saw paint when it was originally built which has long disappeared under decades old thick layers of smog and black fungus, and with absolutely no space or yard on the left, right or front of the buildings. There are thousands of ruins in the old city (lower part of Salvador near the harbor), all left to rot and decay until there is nothing left but the outer walls of the building. Salvador with these thousands of century old buildings, rotting away to it's very foundations, have the capacity to be the Monaco of the South America's. But not one of these buildings, sitting on land with must be worth a fortune are being repaired, renovated nor restored. It is a strange phenomenon and we just cannot get our heads around understanding the thinking behind this. It is apparently near impossible to obtain a permit to restore the buildings and some permit applications are over ten years awaiting to be decided upon.

So our ride continues in this bus, turning and twisting its way through numerous suburbs where building after building, house after house are in bad need of tender loving care. Having seen this all over Salvador on every single time we set foot ashore, we now firmly believe that there simply cannot be any home improvement and painting contractors anywhere in Salvador. With all this ruin an decay going on, of which not a single building are in any stage of renovation, there cannot be such businesses around or they have all closed down because nobody is renovating. After riding on the bucking, bumping and rattling bus for some 20 kilometers, we find ourselves back at the same place where we got onto the bus. We expected the bus to stop and get rid of all it's passengers, but instead it headed off in completely different direction - this time skirting the harbor of Salvador all the while heading North. A couple of places which we have been to before flashed passed as the driver seem to steadily accelerate. On this journey, we must have passed well over 10,000 houses and there was not one single house along this route we would be happy, never mind proud, to call home. As we proceeded, glancing into the side roads, it became apparent that we were heading in the direction of Pier Salvador Marina - a marina we investigated shortly after arriving in Salvador as a possible place to relocate the yachts. Sure enough, when Pier Salvador Marina came into sight, it was also the end of the bus as it reached it final stop.

We disembarked in this very impoverished area and decided to look around at the several eateries and informal pubs for something to eat. We found this dodgy little place and the owner doing his best to get us seated at the best table - right there on the side walk in front of his eatery. With us obstructing the flow of sidewalk traffic, people passing by would squeeze pass our front seat table before continuing on their way. A simply meal prepared in the depths of this proud owner's joint consisting of thinly cut fried steaks, chicken drumsticks, pork sausages, beans, plain rice without any gravy, spaghetti and some sliced tomatoes on a lettuce leave made for an unforgettable meal. The owner was thankful for our patronage and with the waitress delivering her best possible service allowed under the circumstances, we were happy that we spend our money and the service tip where it mattered the most - in the hands of the people needing it the most. We felt at home and enjoyed ourselves for the first time since arriving in Salvador - going for a ride into the unknown and experience what happens next. The whole experience was primitive and as basic as one can get - but good!

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You guys look so relaxed! Cheers Brent
Monday, 23 February 2015 10:15
Dis mos nou die lewe! Geniet die gasvryheid en die smiles!
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:58
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No Insects - Strange!?

NoInsects

We have done lots of long distance traveling, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town - a distance of around 1400 kilometer (870 miles). Insects seems to be much more prolific at night than during the day. On all of these trips, the car windscreen needs to be cleaned of all the insect roadkill at every petrol stop. However, this time on our drive to Cape Town - not a single insect on the windscreen! Whilst this is good in that no insect ended up dead on our windscreen, it is indeed very puzzling and strange! How is it possible that not a single insect ended up dead on the windscreen? October marks the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer here in South Africa. Insect life in the wide open plains, especially at night, are normally very prolific and on this occasion, the temperature outside of the car was mostly around 12º C (around 54º F).

Do any of you have an explanation or a theory for this strange phenomenon?

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That is actually a bit disturbing.....insects are part of the whole system that makes up our Earth
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:37
My thoughts exactly! It is indeed concerning unless it was something to do with the unusual sandstorms we had a couple of days pri... Read More
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:55
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New beginning

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The house was finally packed up, we loaded (rather, overloaded) the car a couple of days ago and drove the 1400 kilometers from Johannesburg to Cape Town. It was mainly a night drive, we encountered a HUGE number of cargo trucks along the way, the usual handful of idiot drivers endangering everybody on the road and two really dangerous overtaking situations. Both occasions involved heavy cargo trucks passing each other, occupying the entire road and refusing to budge - blinded with lights and traveling at speed, we had to swerve to the very edge of the road to avoid head on collisions.

After a few hours of sleep over, a couple of stops along the way - we finally arrived safe and sound in Cape Town earlier this morning. We still need to unpack everything but we are now on Revelations as we should be. It has been a long process to get to this point - this day certainly marks a new beginning in our quest to sail around the world!

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Exciting times!! A entirely new chapter of your lives begins & so many, many new adventures to look forward to
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:39
... and hopefully you guys will join us on Revelations at some stage!
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:58
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Gun Free

I've had this Smith & Wesson 38 Special Snubnose for almost 30 years and for many of these years actually carried it on myself for personal protection. Surprisingly but also fortunately, I never had the need to use the gun in any situation ever. After wearing the gun on my person for the best part of 10 years, it became a hassle lugging this dead weight around - so it continued it's life in my safe. But what is the use of that for if you need a gun to protect yourself, there would normally be no time to first get it out of the safe. Let me also tell you, the couple of times I took the gun to a shooting range, I was shocked by the inaccuracy due to the very short barrel. To be able to shoot the target, you have to be real close, otherwise you will miss.

Then there are the draconian South African Laws regarding personal gun ownership, the moral issues of possibly shooting somebody and the legal complications if and when you do. Add to this, that taking the gun with us on our world cruise is simply not feasible. The red tape involved when entering another country is simply not worth it. Besides, most countries will confiscate the gun and only return it to us when we depart - which in any event leaves you weaponless whilst in another country. We therefor have to leave the gun behind but it is simply too dangerous to leave it lock away in a safe. What is the point of owning the gun then? Selling the gun or giving it away to another person is also not feasible and is problematic with lots of legal red tape. With this in mind, I will be visiting the South African Police later today and voluntary surrender the Smith & Wesson 38 Special. But this does not mean we will be weaponless on Revelations.

What are your thoughts about taking weapons on a world cruise?

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Makes you think ...

Yeah, rap style and all. But, kinda makes sense what this guy is saying. These are the very reasons why one would want to go on a world cruise - to get away from all this shit.

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Finally!

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Finally and at long last, this was our last day of work! I have been a business owner for almost 40 years, Sue for the past 21 years and it has been one hell of a ride for both of us. In particular, the past 21 years owning and managing a kitchen cupboard manufacturing business was an intense affair with extreme highs and lows.

We had a full and wondrous life during this time with a purpose stretching far beyond ourselves, we were fortunate to create wealth and provide employment to hundreds of people over this time. We played our part in the greater scheme of the economy, paid millions in taxes and provided an income and opportunities to our employees and suppliers alike. We invested heavily in training our employees affording many of them to move on, follow in our footsteps and become business owners in their own right. Out of all this, we formed long lasting friendships and played a positive and meaningful role in the lives of many people. No matter your background, wealth or education - we showed that it is possible for ordinary folk to achieve and make their dreams a reality. Limits were continuously pushed, new benchmarks were set and over time, the company became a force to be reckoned with in it's industry. This list of achievements, benchmarks and performances are expansive and impressive - but those are stories for another day. To all of you who positively contributed to our working lives, who assisted in our success - "A HUGE Thank YOU!" Much appreciated, we are eternally grateful, we will never forget you, we wish you every success and a bountiful life.

Then there were the lows, the set backs, frustrations and the disappointments. At times it felt like ten steps forward and then eleven steps backward. The appalling incompetence from employees and suppliers alike. The lack of discipline and motivation which caused losses to no end, ending careers and leading to financial ruin. The lawless situation in South Africa offering more protection to the criminal than the victim. The ups and downs of the economy making or breaking you whilst you have absolutely no control over it. The merciless business and tax laws ever threatening you with jail time, making you a slave of the system, unless you fork out millions to the Government who in any event squander your taxes. The many liars, cheats, thieves and crooks who crossed our path plundering as they went along. I can certainly write volumes about all these experiences - but now is not the time. To those who lied, stole, broke things, acted with blindness for own selfish gain, adding nothing whilst taking from our lives - "Go and GET FUCKED!"

Today is a day of celebration for us. Finally and at long last ... the end of working life has arrived! We are now free to chase our dream, live the life we always wanted and for which we worked so hard.

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