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    Glad to make you smile!!!

    Pool departed last October with the drydock....

    I NEVER allowed Lookchin to have Baileys with his cornflakes. Champagne with his Eggs Benedict, maybe...but Baileys that early is NOT good for baby bear's tummies!!!!!!

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      LOVE your cruise pics Lookchin! So many trendy summer outfits to choose from –it must have taken ages each day to decide what to wear. Ummm, cool shades –now I understand why you were telling Berns you looked just like him!

      Like your Dad I was just a bit concerned about this dangling over the balcony incident. Thank goodness for the “good” (sober?) sister-in-law! One can never be sure if even the officers of a Crystal ship are entirely trained in Bear Overboard emergency procedures.

      Now be honest, who drank the most wine in St.Emilion, you or Aunt E???????? You do seem to have been taking it seriously though ‘cos you seemed very clued-up on the grape varieties when I took you out for lunch. [Note to pakarang: he only had half a (small) glass of wine with meals on a couple of outings with me, and drank a (large) glass of milk every day].

      So much CUDDLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh Lookchin, you’re reading a real book, not an electronic thingy! [Note to pakarang: even I knew that the indoor pool had gone! –there was a link on, errrrrrr, CaptainsVoyage to the Crystal web page featuring the refurbishment!]

      Well, I’d been about to say Aunt E should have posed next to you at the fountain as she and the Queen are both called Elizabeth, and I see your Dad already thought that too. Although Elizabeth was one of my Mum’s names I wasn’t called after her, which turned out to be a good thing or I’d have become Elizabeth Taylor!

      Well, it seems it wasn’t all play, and that with your experience on Britannia you easily got a job at the restaurant and checking people on and off the ship. So impressed!

      Will there be photos of you in London and Bristol?

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        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
        Thank goodness for the “good” (sober?) sister-in-law! One can never be sure if even the officers of a Crystal ship are entirely trained in Bear Overboard emergency procedures.
        The sober sister-in-law issue needs further clarification... .

        During my time with Crystal, we never trained on emergencies like BOB (Bear Over Board).... Code BOB, Code BOB, Code BOB.... maybe they have a procedure in place now.
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          Can’t stop laughing!!!! Code BOB indeed . . . no . . . I mustn’t even think of asking if such procedures are now mandatory on certain Norwegian FERRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            Originally posted by Seagull View Post
            Can’t stop laughing!!!! Code BOB indeed . . . no . . . I mustn’t even think of asking if such procedures are now mandatory on certain Norwegian FERRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Only when VIB's are aboard...........

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              And I must say the Lookchin was never in danger, as the Promenade is directly below the veranda. Nevertheless, Julie (sister-in-law #1--we can not define by sobriety, as none was to be had after a long day touring Bordeaux's vines....) was trying to hold Lookchin hostage for a fresh bottle of Chardonnay. Dena, her glass full, was kind to rescue Lookchin......All veranda photography subsequently were taken on the OTHER side of the veranda, where my mother could provide cover.......

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                Lookchin writes:
                I have been wondering why the rest of my news and photos hadn’t been posted in this thread, but it turned out that Aunt C, expecting photos of my visit to Bristol in England that followed my cruise, had been politely waiting for Aunt E. Well, Aunt E’s now written to Aunt C encouraging her to complete my Scotland trip report. So it should start to appear any moment now.

                BUT…and this will really confuse you all…it starts with another trip to ENGLAND I made with Aunt C!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  Previously in Adventures of Lookchin ….
                  Lookchin had been looking forward to getting out to some local activities…but dates had changed and then Aunt C had to go to a conference, causing him to miss the family fun day in the park. In an effort to cheer him up, and naturally not wishing to leave him home alone, she decided to take Lookchin with her…


                  Seagull writes:
                  The conference down in England was aimed at amateur meteorologists, and many if not most of the attendees were unfamiliar with weather satellites, and how it is now possible for amateurs to set up their own receiving station with relatively simple equipment and software. So a number of talks and demonstrations had been planned.

                  Now perhaps it was because the event was held on the campus of the University of Reading, and Lookchin had not heard of the name of this town in England before, he thought I meant reading as in reading a book!!!!!!! And as he was pleased about coming with me and was taking the whole thing very seriously, I was not surprised to find him studying an appropriate book! It kept him quiet for hours!

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                    Lookchin writes:
                    Ah this looks like something I should learn more about. Could be useful for my maritime studies too if I can tell my Dad when it is going to get windy and rough for his ferry.

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                      There are computers and other stuff to unpack and set up, but everyone seems to have disappeared. I wonder if I can get it all up and running before they come back? I think we’ve got rather a good location here right next to the coffee …and I do believe there might be some biscuits in that basket. Ummmm I think I’ll just get those unpacked before unpacking the computers.

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                        Looking good isn’t it? There were goody bag thingies from the European satellite HQ in Germany – biros, key rings, bookmarks, and lots of technical data sheets about the various satellites, so I’ve put those out along with the info about what software you can use. But then I thought I’d just finish getting those biscuits unpacked at the next table … ummm maybe it was not a good idea to sample all the same kind of biscuit … someone might wonder why there isn’t a single chocolate one to be seen ….

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                          Nothing like a good hurricane to attract the punters to one's display I always say!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                            We are staying in student rooms in the halls of residence at the university – everyone has their own room, except me. I am sharing with Aunt C. There are plants and trees right up to our window. Lights among them are switched on in the evening. Aunt C said it reminded her of one of the hotels she stayed at in Thailand. So I got some photos of me sitting in the window and pretended I was in Thailand.

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                              In the middle of each block of rooms there is a communal kitchen. There was even a fridge to put things in. I was VERY pleased about this because I had rather overdone some shopping at the airport. I bought a LOT of cans of something COOL to drink.
                              Dad, look at me!!!!!

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                                Must try to open this without having to ask Aunt C for help. She said I was such a kind considerate and helpful bear when I got the milk out of the fridge for her. Don’t want her seeing what else is in the fridge…

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