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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ... burp... I find it a sad reflectiom on Teakdoor society that I post a pic of an 8000 year old, never before seen by mankind deep water coral mound, yet the topic of conflabation is my weight!!!
    Tis the joy of this place

    Could be worse though. A member posts his home-made Kebab and the first reply was a comment asking if his wife cut his nails




    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm off the boat... by the wat...
    Waiting by the Temple?

    Wat were you thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    yet the topic of conflabation is my weight!!! hic...
    it had crossed my mind that some of the furrows were mendips arse dragging on the seafloor

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    The work at Troll was finished at 4am... the First Mate assured us that he'd get the boat alongside by 10am at the latest, so we could catch the 11:45am flights. I went to bed to try and get a few hours sleep and try to start getting off nights.

    9:30am... gently does it.





    10:am... I walked down that gangway 56 days after I walked up it on July 26th. A very nice feeling!



    Not a bad boat as they go... breakfasts were a bit shit though.



    After all this there were about eight of us sat in a mini bus taxi, 50 minutes to the airport, and the driver couldn't get the bladdy thing to start. He kept blowing on something... which I'd never seen before... it it was some kind of alcohol meter he had to blow through before the engine would start. He claimed he hadn't been drinking but it wouldn't let the ignition start nonetheless. A good idea... if it works.

    But all was good eventually, after a damn good blow we finally got going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ... after a damn good blow we finally got going.
    Mendip, you have such turn of phrase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But all was good eventually, after a damn good blow we finally got going.
    Being as how long it's been since you've had a drink, and the impatience that can bring, I'm just gonna presume you blew for him.

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    ^ What happens on the minibus stays on he minibus!

    But I can't leave it there... this thread was supposed to be about air travel commuting during times of Covid... not about my work, or my weight for that matter...

    I checked in at a deserted Bergen Airport. Bergen is in lockdown just now, and it was a Saturday, but even so... should be busy at this time of year.

    Nice to have the social distancing rules explained in imperial for us Brits.



    Deserted...



    It's always a nice feeling to see a group of offshore workers heading to a helicopter when you're on your way home!



    The flight to Amsterdam was maybe 30% full. There were banks of three seats either side of the aisle and all middle seats were unavailable, but the plane was near empty anyway.

    And finally... 8 weeks since my last beer... (a rip-off small tin of Singha at Suvarnabhumi).



    We arrived to an equally deserted Schiphol...





    I've been eating these sausage rolls in the 'D' area of Schiphol for 30 years. It's become a tradition, even if I am watching my weight. The Bristol flight (and all other UK flights) have left from Gate D6 for as long as I can remember.



    And the Bristol flight was also less than half full. All aisle seats unavailable. The airlines must be hurting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    this thread was supposed to be about air travel commuting during times of Covid... not about my work, or my weight for that matter...
    Or blowing in a mini bus. Who cares what it started out as, all that matters is it's turned into a highly interesting and amusing thread that members would need to be nuts not to read each time new posts appear

    You're going to need a bigger mantelpiece for yet another POTY trophy at this rate Mendip

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    Sausage rolls.

    I might need to rethink that 103.5.

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    These offshore windfarms have helped to keep up a demand for offshore workers throughout the last oil downturn. There are loads of them across the southern North Sea.



    And Old Blighty...



    A quick pic of Taffland across the Severn Estuary for HH...



    And as we came in to land, my mum's village... nestled at the foot of the Mendips! It's the first time I've been here this time of year for many years. It's always usually at Christmas, so nice to see the summer greenery.



    I've missed this... you don't get a pun like that on the Continent!



    I don't miss this though... the robbing bandits. Free trolleys in Norway.



    And Bristol Airport was also completely deserted. Half of it seemed to be boarded up. The stools were stacked up on the bar even at 6pm.



    The airport taxis seem to have used social distancing as a reason to park 3 miles from the booking office, but I struggled on with no trolley...



    And finally!

    While my mum got busy in the kitchen I enjoyed the summer smells of flowers and a newly mowed lawn... you miss those smells when working at sea.

    I seem destined to spend my life having a drink alone, with only dogs for company...



    Well not quite... variety is the spice of life, they say...



    And incidentally... I don't think my mum has any scales so I've decided to go with Shutree's 103.5kg.

    I think I deserve a pat on the back for that... 10.5kg in two months!

    Edit... I've just seen your post Shutree... 103.5kg is good, you can't change your mind now. Green owed!

    And my commute is nowhere bear over... Somerset ain't my home any more... I live in Korat.

    So sorry guys, but this thread has a long way to go yet!

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    Enjoy your trip back home, Mendip.

    Enjoy the cheese, pies and local ciders. I had a Moose cider last night as it was all my local shop had; but I must say, I am getting quite used to them.

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    Enjoy mate, Your mom sure is going to. Glad you made it safe and sound..

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    Agreeing with the both above comments ... welcome home (well, at least to your Mum's place)

    BTW, I think I have the same shoes as you!

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    Thanks for another amusing, instructive and well policed story of your way of life.


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