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    That's interesting... when I get home I'll check...

    That's interesting... when I get home I'll check out those fiamma beans at Makro as Brook have been hard to find lately... maybe due to reduced flights during Covid? I didn't even realise the...
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    Yes Katie... it wouldn't be easy to relocate. It...

    Yes Katie... it wouldn't be easy to relocate. It would also take a lot of energy to start somewhere else again. I've put a lot of time and energy building things on my (wifes) property and it's a...
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    I'll send him a message... haven't been in touch...

    I'll send him a message... haven't been in touch for a year or so.

    The last time I worked with him we shared a cabin on a crappy old dive vessel on the Nile Delta. He was a very tidy cabin mate!
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    Yes... I know what you're saying... It's not...

    Yes... I know what you're saying...

    It's not just the Isaan factor... by and large offshore workers tend to live where their spouses come from as we spend maybe six months a year away from home....
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    ^ The name doesn't ring any bells... but I have...

    ^ The name doesn't ring any bells... but I have no involvement with the industry in Thailand. For a long time all my work has been Europe or West Africa.

    I know Rawlins well, who used to post on...
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    ^ It's surprising what you do when you've got no...

    ^ It's surprising what you do when you've got no choice... I downloaded a couple of old Bowie albums on Spotify, stuck on my headphones and was like Forrest Gump today... just kept on walking. I lost...
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    ^ Quite a few years ago I had a cable route...

    ^ Quite a few years ago I had a cable route survey job across a fjord near Trondheim, and went from around +30 degrees in Isaan to -25 degrees at the work site in one day. That was a shock to the...
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    I don't usually have breakfast at the end of my...

    I don't usually have breakfast at the end of my night shift and didn't even want this... but such is my commitment to this thread.

    I reckon these are the most northerly baked beans served up on...
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    The way this job's going I'll be able to let you...

    The way this job's going I'll be able to let you know!
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    We had a crew change in Hammerfest today,...

    We had a crew change in Hammerfest today, advertised as the world's most northerly town. I think that's about all it's got going for it...

    It has a wonderful natural harbour, and a few views of...
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    ^ Peas and beans on the same plate... it don't...

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    Peas and beans on the same plate... it don't get better than that! (although maybe your mince could have bean (:)) broken up a bit more...)

    I noticed HW advertising Branston baked beans...
  12. Thread: Dinner

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    ^^^, ^^ To be honest, despite popular opinion...

    ^^^, ^^

    To be honest, despite popular opinion my knowledge of mushy peas is very sparse. I'm from the west country and it was garden peas every time when I was growing up. Even now I would always...
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    What better than salmon fish cakes with beans? ...

    What better than salmon fish cakes with beans?

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40810&d=1573914953

    And a simple step by step guide to the fish cake and bean sandwich!

    First...
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    Baked beans can liven up the worst toasted...

    Baked beans can liven up the worst toasted sarnies...

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=41904&d=1575875078

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    After peas, baked beans must be my favourite...

    After peas, baked beans must be my favourite vegetable.

    And my favourite breakfast... simple sausages, beans and toast (I don't know why there were mushrooms there)
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    ^^Looks like there's a dead worm in with the...

    ^^Looks like there's a dead worm in with the 'meat' as well Armstrong?

    ^ Nice one Chitty... reminded me to phone the wife to make sure she fed my dogs tonight! :)
  17. As a couple of people have said above, I also had...

    As a couple of people have said above, I also had an awful flu/bug/cold back in February that laid me out for a few days... headache, joints ache, cough, sore throat... and it lingered on for days,...
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    ^ I had another suggestion in mind to cure...

    ^ I had another suggestion in mind to cure seasickness... but it was inappropriate and I would have probably lost my job. You gotta remember where you are at times!

    Yes, the girls do seem much...
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    ^ Yeah... I think the seagulls will go where they...

    ^ Yeah... I think the seagulls will go where they like...

    We're having absolutely amazing weather for the Barents Sea... about 150km north of Norway.

    These were taken at 12:30 am facing...
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    ^ We're still looking for your frigate Helge,...

    ^ We're still looking for your frigate Helge, you'll be the first to know when we find it.... honest!

    And no, I wasn't aware of that site... I'll have a look when I get time. My fish haven't been...
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    This trip will be at least 6 weeks... but if they...

    This trip will be at least 6 weeks... but if they have work for me I'll probably stay longer, A lot will depend on the Covid situation mid September and whether it's possible to get back home.
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    I've a big problem with my trainers... it's not...

    I've a big problem with my trainers... it's not just the soles getting chewed to bits but also they are detaching themselves. I've noticed before living in Thailand that you can put on a seemingly...
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    I guess you're out now... well done! I've a...

    I guess you're out now... well done!

    I've a friend who may have to go through quarantine sometime in the future and he was asking if it would be possible to have a guest stay as well... what do...
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    ^ To be honest I've lost interest in football...

    ^ To be honest I've lost interest in football since Bristol City ballsed up the season and sacked their manager.

    These boats used to be very social with a movie on at the end of shifts and card...
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    ^ Nid... the days of the open bridge are long...

    ^ Nid... the days of the open bridge are long gone!

    A view of my helideck from this bridge...

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55627&d=1596595961

    One of the nice things...
  26. 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...
  45. 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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