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  1. Thread: On my bike

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    Nice pics! What I'd give for a Wetherspoons...

    Nice pics!

    What I'd give for a Wetherspoons pie and chips with a pint right now!
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    Bladdy hell... Coronavirus: Dozens test...

    Bladdy hell...


    Coronavirus: Dozens test positive for Covid-19 on Norwegian cruise ship

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/08/32.jpg

    At least 41 passengers and crew on a Norwegian...
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    But right now I have more pressing problems than...

    But right now I have more pressing problems than my work station set up...

    Another chunk fell off the sole of my right trainer today... the grip on the helideck is brutal...
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    Ootai... I discovered some privacy settings in...

    Ootai... I discovered some privacy settings in the TeakDoor software and now everyone can see the pics! I thought it may help advertise the next street litter needing homes.

    Golf... I'll think...
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    The weather's changed and it's clouded over......

    The weather's changed and it's clouded over... was 11 degrees for my helideck walk today and now I wear a fleece over my gym stuff.

    The grip on the aluminium helideck is vicious and the biggest...
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    ^ Thankfully no... I've never known one onboard a...

    ^ Thankfully no... I've never known one onboard a Norwegian vessel.

    I once worked off the west coast of Ireland when we were forced to carry a couple of these MMOs... to cover 24 hours. If they...
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    When we were alongside in Tromso mid week it was...

    When we were alongside in Tromso mid week it was around 20 degrees... lovely for Norway.

    The sun is hot due to such clear air, but it's all about getting out of the easterly wind... no chance of...
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    I'm way ahead of you Katie... I'm already a...

    I'm way ahead of you Katie... I'm already a Youtuber and my best video has had 72 views in just two years, although to be honest around 30 of them were probably me.

    Despite the popularity I see no...
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    ^ Yeah... this Covid has knocked the industry for...

    ^ Yeah... this Covid has knocked the industry for six. For me it's all about not cutting into savings too much and staying current.

    I've been lucky to get this work, and if I get a second trip out...
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    I'm still waiting for my TeakDoor expenses...

    I'm still waiting for my TeakDoor expenses though... these threads ain't cheap to put together.




    Ouch... that hurts!

    Get in yer insults while you can... another 4 miles today.

    That...
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    Normally the lights are kept to a minimum or else...

    Normally the lights are kept to a minimum or else it would destroy the bridge deck's night vision. There are strict maritime rules about which lights can be displayed when underway, etc. Maybe just...
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    It's been a slow night tonight... we're working...

    It's been a slow night tonight... we're working close to the coast, not far from the Melk°ya gas terminal close to Hammerfest.

    Coco marks the vessel position... Where's Coco? Very close to the...
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    Today is Thursday so we had kumla for dinner...

    Today is Thursday so we had kumla for dinner (5:30pm... so my breakfast).

    The kumla meal is a west coast Norway delicacy comprising doughballs with a piece of bacon fat in the middle (the kumla),...
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    If you want to watch me have a shower I'll sort...

    If you want to watch me have a shower I'll sort it out and fill yer boots... but why not wait a few weeks until I've lost some weight?
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    Today I was offered an extension to my initial...

    Today I was offered an extension to my initial four week trip to six weeks, meaning I'd get off the boat on September 9th. I said I'd think about it, so did my walk... You can just see the northern...
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    There's an awful lot of boredom between port...

    There's an awful lot of boredom between port calls for a merchant seaman... and the money ain't good, but yes I bet they have some stories to tell. More so in the old days I reckon, before mass air...
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    I've worked on and off in Norway for 30 years,...

    I've worked on and off in Norway for 30 years, including many winters, but have never seen the Northern Lights... in fact I'm not sure they actually exist.

    Or maybe I have seen them but just not...
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    :)... yeah right... The girls are half my age,...

    :)... yeah right...

    The girls are half my age, and I'm back in Europe now!

    There's 49 on board out of which 8 are female (a Norwegian girl medic and a Norwegian girl officer came on yesterday)....
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    ^ Hot bunking is a thing of the past...

    ^ Hot bunking is a thing of the past thankfully... but I am sharing a cabin with my back to back... and due to my advanced years he kindly took the top bunk (or was it my weight... I don't know). He...
  20. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: Thanks to all the well wishers. Coco had a...

    Thanks to all the well wishers.

    Coco had a check-up yesterday and she's doing fine. Stitches out next week!

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55368&d=1596055376
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    The view from my helideck walk was very different...

    The view from my helideck walk was very different today. We were alongside at Tromso for a marine crew change... we'd only been at sea for three days but despite these Covid times these guys don't...
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    Please carry on... don't butt out! That was a...

    Please carry on... don't butt out! That was a very long trip, but your son will have a ball in Thailand with five months money in his pocket!

    It's been a strange year for offshore work... those at...
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    First Katie... this isn't an oil rig, it's a...

    First Katie... this isn't an oil rig, it's a vessel, pure and simple.

    Not my pic, but...

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    There are females onboard... in...
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    ^ My commute has finished now and this thread...

    ^ My commute has finished now and this thread should really end... especially if I start getting technical questions!

    But anyway, have a bit of spare time tonight I guess...

    Yes, we use ROVs to...
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    Took a couple of quick pics on the way to my...

    Took a couple of quick pics on the way to my midnight meal tonight... a half decent photographer could probably have made something of it.
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    Helge, send me the coordinates and I'll let you...

    Helge, send me the coordinates and I'll let you know how we get on... honest!



    Aah, so you're down south then...
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    ^ I don't much like the word 'flab', but have to...

    ^ I don't much like the word 'flab', but have to admit it's probably true.

    One thing that this lockdown has shown me is that I need to make a few lifestyle changes before I can ever think of...
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    I came across this advertisement for space on a...

    I came across this advertisement for space on a digital billboard in Korat recently.

    For only 3000 Baht I thought of putting up an ad saying 'Turn around, there's nothing to do in Korat', just for...
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    No more tests that I'm aware of... but there's...

    No more tests that I'm aware of... but there's another crew change at Tromso on Wednesday which seems very odd in times of Covid - I would have thought they'd restrict personnel changes as much as...
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    ^ No balls involved... I miss my daughter...

    ^ No balls involved... I miss my daughter terribly after a just a few days away from home... and what makes it worse is I have no idea when I'll be able to return to Isaan with the Covid...
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    ^^ Bladdy hell Nev... yes, we're off to the...

    ^^ Bladdy hell Nev... yes, we're off to the Snohvit field... or does marine traffic give our destination? I need to seriously check your methods on Coco's thread...

    ^ Yes, never tell the missus...
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    Well... it did involve a little prick! Once...

    Well... it did involve a little prick!

    Once I'd registered on the vessel I ws told to go to my cabin and wait for a Covid test. Only me since I came from Thailand and the guy from Spain... forget...
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    Some nice views on my way north from Oslo... ...

    Some nice views on my way north from Oslo...

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    And...
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    ^ No! Only me and a guy from Spain will be...

    ^ No!

    Only me and a guy from Spain will be tested since Thailand and Spain are Norwegian 'red flagged' countries.

    You'd have thought UK would be on the list... well, and Sweden for that...
  35. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: Just to put everyone's mind at ease... Coco is...

    Just to put everyone's mind at ease... Coco is back home and very happy to see everyone again!

    Minus her lady bits.

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55213&d=1595766789
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    Doha to Oslo... same script. Compulsory face...

    Doha to Oslo... same script. Compulsory face masks and face shields but plenty of social distancing due to the flight being about a quarter full.
    No problem getting a bank of seats to yourself.
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    ^ Next flight all three cos I can get them into...

    ^ Next flight all three cos I can get them into my check-in bag when I clear customs at Oslo! I've been caught with a knife and fork in me pocket at security at a transfer before and it was...
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    The stewardesses were decked out in white...

    The stewardesses were decked out in white disposable biohazard outfits.

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    And everyone was issued a face shield to wear in...
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    Thanks for the good wishes guys... I've been here...

    Thanks for the good wishes guys... I've been here many times before...


    If anyone was wondering where you can pick up a 130 Baht small tin of Leo to go with yer dried out chicken and rice... Char...
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    And departures was absolutely deserted... eerily...

    And departures was absolutely deserted... eerily so.

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    The departure hall was deserted... ...

    The departure hall was deserted...

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    There was a big...
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    ^ Early night... late start! After my brief...

    ^ Early night... late start!


    After my brief Bangkok stopover to break up the journey my commute came back on track today, Day 3.

    But first a last decent meal in the Robin Hood...
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  43. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: Thanks HH... she had the op yesterday and all is...

    Thanks HH... she had the op yesterday and all is good. She'll be home tomorrow.

    The cost is 3000 Baht, with two nights board and lodging plus limousine service there and back.

    Only the best...
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    ^ Seafarers have been given some kind of...

    ^ Seafarers have been given some kind of dispensation from quarantine and stuff provided they go directly to board a vessel on arrival in Norway, but I don't really know what to expect on Sunday. I'm...
  45. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: ^ A small dog would generally come into season...

    ^ A small dog would generally come into season every six months. Despite stopping the risk of puppies there are a lot of health benefits to speying a bitch as a lot develop cancers in their woman's...
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    At 7:30am I had an email on my phone saying no...

    At 7:30am I had an email on my phone saying no problem... come in and get the medical... a result! But I was wishing I hadn't drunk quite so much yesterday...

    So off I went... Day 2 of my...
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    ^ Seems a bit cruel. She spent her first six...

    ^ Seems a bit cruel. She spent her first six years believing that ice cream sellers only play music when they've run out of ice cream... and she's never really forgiven me for telling her that.

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    Anyway... I'm not even there yet! My hotel...

    Anyway... I'm not even there yet!

    My hotel approaches and I'm hoping for my first pint of Thatchers Gold within the hour.

    Off comms... :D
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    Not at all... it's all relevant. A second wave...

    Not at all... it's all relevant.

    A second wave in the UK is my nightmare but from what I've seen it would seem inevitable. That could prevent me visiting the UK... or if I did, not being welcome...
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    ^^ Yes NPT, mine as well. That would mean a...

    ^^ Yes NPT, mine as well. That would mean a stopover in Oslo for the embassy and tests... and then have a delayed onward flight. Then there would be insurance issues. And if quarantine was in place...
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