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    nice thread mendip

    good to hear you are back in work - it is a hard time to be out of work , so best just take what you can get and make the best of it

    I am currently doing a job which years ago used to be a joke amongst those of my trade as the worst job in Australia - but I am getting paid , so right now it is a good job

    have you got a gym - with exercise bicycles ? you could be photographing the seats for the TD tribe and offering olfactory reviews

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    ^ 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 of it this year it should just about cover the years expenses and salvage the year. This is a new upcoming company and it won't do any harm to get a foot in the door - sometimes a forced change can lead to good things.

    There is a good gym (with huge windows looking out to sea) but new onboarders have to wait a week until they can use it due to Covid. We also have to eat on separate tables in the mess. Though now that I'm used to it I think I'll probably continue to use the helideck for excercise so long as the weather stays good - I enjoy the solitude.

    I'll take a pic of the gym tomorrow... including bicycle seats!

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    Thanks again for the pics & stories, mendip.

    Have you considered doing a vlog/ YouTube? I've seen some vids of Filipino mariners - a day in the life type of vids, and I found them interesting. You don't have to upload daily - maybe just weekly? If you don't want to show your face, you can just do narrations or voiceovers (like this guy in Bacolod city, Asia@night). Re: colleagues, if they don't want their faces shown, then you can blur them out. But, I don't know if there are privacy/ confidentiality issues re: your work. From the vids I've seen of Filipino mariners, seems there weren't issues with showing the engine room or their quarters.

    It could give you something to do during your downtime. You'll probably have 20 subscribers from TD! And if you do it, your daughter could say, my dad is a Youtuber!

    Cheers and safe sailing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    your daughter could say, my dad is a Youtuber!
    I suspect all her friends and their friends .... are already aware of her dad's ***** status as a web celebrity.

    Her local stores already have posters on their walls and she's touting for national sponsors. She'll tell dad once the royalty cheques start rolling in.

    Her dad will be able to stop work and create more blogs



    Update:

    Enquiries from Scandinavian Offshore Equipments Manufacturers and Offshore Clothing manufacturers arrived yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    another 4 miles today.

    That 'flab' will be dropping off...



    Good stuff.

    And damn good view. Bet that air is fresh.

    What sort of daytime temps are you looking at that far north?

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    well, he's wearing short sleeves, so I am betting 10-20 degrees C. (at this time of year)

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    Decided to not be so lazy and put Tromso weather into googen.

    13c there, so presumably not too much cooler than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    I am betting 10-20 degrees C.
    Lower end of that, I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Lower end of that, I'd say.
    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Decided to not be so lazy and put Tromso weather into googen.

    13c there, so presumably not too much cooler than that.
    nicely done.

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    Plus it's only 10am there.

    18c listed for Sunday and Monday.

    Damn fine weather considering it's inside the arctic circle.

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    @edmond - 13 C is sweater (UK jumper) weather for me. Brrr.

    @ohoh - the 11 y.o. son of one of my colleagues wants to be a Youtuber when he grows up. Apparently it's now a career to aspire to.

    Btw, not to disparage Youtubers - some can make it big. A YT gamer/ live streamer here in PI has financed a house+lot using his YT earnings.

    The travel couple, Kara & Nate, is said to earn thousands of $$ per month from their vlogs. It's enough to finance their lifestyle.

    One can know the approx amount that a YT channel earns by going to socialblade dot com.

    For a YT channel to be monetized, I've heard that it needs at least 1,000 subscribers & 4,000 watch-hours.

    @mendip - better start making those vids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    13 C is sweater (UK jumper) weather for me. Brrr.
    Not sure if you'll get the humour in this KT, Mendip will though and hopefully it'll give him a smile when he next logs on to forget about work for a while

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-screenshot_20200801-191938_chrome-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @ohoh - the 11 y.o. son of one of my colleagues wants to be a Youtuber when he grows up. Apparently it's now a career to aspire to.
    My daughter had the same ambition, unfortunately she changes career paths too frequently.

    My sons however all have/had solid careers, until earlier this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks again for the pics & stories, mendip.

    Have you considered doing a vlog/ YouTube?

    It could give you something to do during your downtime. You'll probably have 20 subscribers from TD! And if you do it, your daughter could say, my dad is a Youtuber!

    Cheers and safe sailing!

    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 checks rolling in...




    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I suspect all her friends and their friends .... are already aware of her dad's ***** status as a web celebrity.

    Her local stores already have posters on their walls and she's touting for national sponsors. She'll tell dad once the royalty cheques start rolling in.

    Her dad will be able to stop work and create more blogs


    In actual fact OhOh I think my daughter keeps quiet about our Youtube videos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post


    Good stuff.

    And damn good view. Bet that air is fresh.

    What sort of daytime temps are you looking at that far north?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    well, he's wearing short sleeves, so I am betting 10-20 degrees C. (at this time of year)

    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 that on the helideck of course and I reckon it's been about 13 to 16 degrees up to now. Today was cloudy and I needed a fleece (a cardigan would have been better!), but I still did my hour of circuits. I start shift at 6pm so do my walk around 3pm which is probably the warmest time of the day.

    By Sunday I'll have completed my week's Covid restrictions and will be allowed in the gym...



    But I think I'll stick to the helideck while the weather is so good.

    Today while up there I was startled by a loud noise of rushing air... looked around and there was another fin whale passing by. The noise of air blowing out of their blowholes is tremendous and gives a real indication of how big these animals are. No photos sadly... but keeping a lookout for whales while walking round and round the helideck makes the time pass really quickly.
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    ^nice gym, mendip

    You're already a Youtuber! That vid was pure blackness - I didn't quite know what to expect. Maybe a quick jump scare scene?!

    Re: becoming a famous Youtuber, you should start your vids with: Hi guys, welcome to my channel! Today I'll show you/ Today I'm gonna do...

    And then end it with: don't forget to comment, like, share & subscribe!

    @headworx - we also use the word cardigan here, but it refers to a V-necked, buttoned sweater. Sometimes for ladies' versions, there are no buttons. I've watched some UK vloggers (Travel Beans) and the lady wore dungarees - I would call that a jumper here.

    The one that Mark Zuckerberg wears - I would call that a hoodie or sweater (with hood). I think the UK term for that is jumper? Words!!!

    Cheers everyone & happy Sunday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Today while up there I was startled by a loud noise of rushing air... looked around and there was another fin whale passing by. The noise of air blowing out of their blowholes is tremendous and gives a real indication of how big these animals are. No photos sadly... but keeping a lookout for whales while walking round and round the helideck makes the time pass really quickly.
    Magic times.

    I recall the first time I saw a humpback, no photo (no time) - but magical nonetheless.

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    Mendip about the Whale spotting, do you have an MMO or is Norway clever enough to not make having one of those oxygen thieves aboard mandatory?

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    ^ 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 saw a hint of a fin within 200m of the vessel all work had to stop and the ROV was recovered to deck for at least an hour I think, or something like that. They weren't the most popular people onboard. I think it is Client driven and that job was for Shell... obviously trying to advertise its 'green' leanings.

    I guess it would be a bit hypocritical for a Norwegian client to stop work to let a whale pass by... only for another boat to chase it with a harpoon.


    HW... I seem to remember you once accused geos of being oxygen thieves... which I couldn't possibly agree with.

    As for the MMOs I'm in full agreement!

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    ^I've known/know/worked with many really good Geo's, including being on the same team as 2 SEG Presidents over the years. There's definitely some good ones, unlike MMO's who are all arse-wipes

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    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 problem I see with keeping up the exercise for six weeks is my footwear. Every day another piece of the sole of my trainers breaks off on the deck and I can't see them staying the course.

    But anyway, back on topic... my commute. I showed the big commute which in normal times I do every 4 to 6 weeks... it's knackering and I could do without it. But once at work the ease of my daily commute more than makes up for it. This will be my daily commute for the next few weeks...

    I leave my cabin before shift... a quick check round to ensure no skid marks in the toilet and no crusty tissues by the bunk! I'm sharing a cabin this trip and ya have to respect your oppo!



    I exit the cabin and take a sharp left and left again... (the open door opposite is another cabin)



    Then head to the stairway (straight past the lift... not this trip!)



    Then down the stairway from B Deck (my cabin) to A Deck...



    Then down the stairway from A Deck to the Main Deck!



    Once at Main Deck, through to the coffee machine area...



    And a quick stop off to fill my cup...



    And this is where it gets interesting... from the coffee machine I can go left past the conference room...



    Or right through a few other offices (which I did today)...



    Through the 'Online Room', where the surveyors sit...



    And there we are... my work station waiting for me in the corner!



    A three minute commute... and I could shave a minute off by using the lift! No rush hour traffic, no searching for a parking space and no getting wet if it's raining.

    It don't get better than that!

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    As always I enjoy your threads and posts on here BUT I think you are going to have to stay where you are forever as since you went there I don't have to logon to be able to see your pictures! Yahoo!
    I went to Korat a couple of days ago and i can tell you it is still the same as you left it so you ain't missing anything, except your daughter.
    I used to live and work on the eastern side of Australia and my daughter went to boarding school in Perth so I know what you are experiencing.
    Just keep in mind you will really appreciate her when you next see her, she will be spoiled even more than she was while you were home.

    While I was in Korat I ran into a guy that I have played golf with before and he said that the courses are open again (Tiger for sure anyway) and so maybe we could get together for a hit whenever you return to these parts.

    I was wondering what happens in a work environment like yours if you get an arsehole that you have to work with?

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    Those cabins don't look as bad as I imagined.

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    My work computer screen being visible from the doorway would be a deal breaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    nice thread mendip

    good to hear you are back in work - it is a hard time to be out of work , so best just take what you can get and make the best of it

    I am currently doing a job which years ago used to be a joke amongst those of my trade as the worst job in Australia - but I am getting paid , so right now it is a good job

    have you got a gym - with exercise bicycles ? you could be photographing the seats for the TD tribe and offering olfactory reviews
    Perchance are you Terrys new septic tank cleaner in W.A?

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