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    I thought they were normally blue when they came out of the water, or have they already been to visit Randy the Filipino cook?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I thought they were normally blue when they came out of the water
    I think most sea creatures feel blue when they realize they're a menu item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It's all got too efficient these days.
    Cost efficient they made it, no wonder when you are able to live 6 months on a 4 weeks job tour.

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    ^ I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I thought they were normally blue when they came out of the water
    I think you just be thinking of something else Looper, it's pretty cold up here... although we don't need any more photos!

    These were most definitely alive and orange. That one I picked up had a go at me.

    Here was one of his cousins in the natural environment tonight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Or treat himself to some new footware
    I'm glad someone commented on it. I didn't want to be the first.

    A slight improvement to his Jesus sandals. But if they're Merrell, then I can't find fault. I love my Merrells.

    ++++
    Re: those crustaceans, there are some blue & grey ones too.

    @mendip - so did those sea creatures end up on your (or someone's) dinner plate later on?

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    No, they didn't end up on my plate. I finished my shift later yesterday and they were all finished by the time I got to the mess. Bladdy typical.

    Plenty of people mentioned how nice they were...

    Yes Katie, they are Merrells and perfect for offshore. I hate wearing socks these days and they're comfy without socks as well.

    Strangely enough I took this picture yesterday because I twisted my right ankle using the treadmill in the bad weather and it's swollen up a bit. I haven't mentioned it to anyone here because stuff like this has a habit of escalating if the medic gets involved. Paperwork, a ban on using the gym in bad weather... etc etc, who knows where it would end. It bloody hurts though.

    Anyway, one of my Merrells (with swollen right ankle).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I went back to work but one of my fellow geos couldn't help but taint me. She knows that I felt sorry for they guys.



    fair set of breast bumps on yer female geo


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    ^ Should see the state of her man-scaping as well.

    But never mind that, look at the state of my English. I was too busy to proof read yesterday.

    Many apologies.

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    what does HR think about the female geo touching your taint ?

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    ^^^^ oww re: the ankle. Twisted or sprained ankle = not good. I sprained my ankle due to hiking and it toook me ~2 weeks to walk semi-properly. I suggest RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate).

    Re: pics, you're a TD veteran now. You shouldn't post pics that can/ may be used against you (namely by Dill, the expert photoshopper). Lol

    Sad to hear that you never got to taste those mini lobsters. For such wee things, they had large pincers.

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    Faking it to get a massage off the Swedish geo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Faking it to get a massage off the Swedish geo?
    I think Mendy showing his feet to a female would be the least effective way to woo her...

    It does have to suck having a sprained ankle while navigating on a ship rockin' and rollin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I think Mendy showing his feet to a female would be the least effective way to woo her...
    You never know with those weird Scandis and their love of fermented foods. She could use some of the scrapings as a sandwich spread or cracker dip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    She could use some of the scrapings as a cracker dip.
    Unfortunate racist epithets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    You never know with those weird Scandis
    And there goes the long lasted scandi love affair with the irish people.

    Up until now you were the most appreciated "foreigners" coming here, snatching our jobs and women.

    Despite that, all you got from us was smile, a tip and some conversation.

    (in my youth when the Irish Pub Invasion started, you were by contract obliged to only speak your "special kind of anglish" while at work. No danish. We could get drunk and practice our school english, with you tolerant lot. My generation has a distinct irish accent )

    (we also liked your visiting football fans a lot)

    So in conclusion, Edmond:

    Fuck you !

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Edmond:

    Fuck you !
    Finally.


    My day is now complete.

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    There was an Irish pub invasion? And the staff were contracted to speak oirish 100% and no Danish?.that's fucking impressive . Clearly it was a win win for the Danish and the irish

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    It was ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    It was ok
    Some have become Stout

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    It's not quite as good as finding a full pillow case at the end of your bed on Christmas morning, but not far off.

    Twice a week, at the beginning of my shift I dump a washing bag in the laundry and I return to my cabin after shift to find this.



    Everything is folded apart from my silk wickers which are beyond help these days and my gym socks are even put into pairs. Well, that isn't as great as it sound because I only have one pair of gym socks so they are pretty impossible to get mixed up. But even so, this is better service than I get at home where I often end up having to bring in the washing from the pool fence myself... but let's not go there!


    We are currently working through data from what is called a 'pre-lay' survey. This is a final visual survey along a pipeline route just before the pipeline is laid, to ensure that no new obstacles have been introduced since the myriad of route surveys that have already been carried out. Boulders may be trawled in by fishing boats, debris dropped by cargo ships, existing obstacles may have been missed by other contractors, etc etc. The seabed is strewn with boulders pretty much anywhere in the vicinity of the Norwegian mainland due to glaciation and the trainees were complaining about having to report so many small boulders along the route... so I brought out my faithful training aid... which I instantly regretted as it gave my bad back a real twinge.



    My glacial boulder from the Statfjord field is approximately 0.3m x 0.2m x 0.2m and is pretty much the smallest sized boulder that we need to report. It may be small but as I well know, weighs in at 25kg and as well as my back, could cause a trenching machine an issue (which is another consideration during a pre-lay survey).

    I think I made my point with the trainees... well, at least they didn't openly roll their eyes or mock me.

    I would say that this could be one of the most travelled glacial boulders anywhere in the world. Since it's maiden voyage from the Norwegian mainland to the Statfyord field courtesy of a glacier around 10,000 years ago, it's been as far and wide as the Barents Sea and the German coast and pretty much everywhere in between, including Peterhead. In the next couple of weeks it will travel down to Belgium and in the new year will be off to the Med. I'd still love for it to join my rockery in Korat one day as well.

    Anyway, the weather is down and we are back at work again...




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    Didn’t you say you luggage allowance was 40kg? Easy.

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    ^ yeah, just the weight would be easy but it's pretty compact and dense. It won't be heading east after this trip but I'm not giving up.


    This is one reason why I think I'm qualified to give PJG... a photography lesson. This should get a prize.

    The old and the new...



    Yesterday we did some work at the world's first floating wind farm, up by the Gullfaks field. We were up here a few weeks ago working on pipelines but now we are doing some work in the renewable sector.



    Well, we did around 18 hours work after a 12 hour transit to the wind farm and then a 17 hour transit away again to our next project. But who's counting our emissions when it's renewable energy? The main thing is that I can now honestly say to my daughter that I've been working in renewables and she'll be well impressed.

    There's quite a lean on these turbines in the wind.



    There's 11 wind turbines in the farm which was installed to power the Gullfaks and Snorre fields, a total of 5 platforms.



    They are on semi-submersible buoyant foundations that are tethered to the seabed, much like semi sub platforms.



    Nice to see for the novelty...





    But same old shit for the ROV guys on the back deck!



    For anyone interested, there is a lot of bumf on the internet in the public domain.



    A cynic may wonder just how green this energy is when considering the incredible amount of materials and power needed to construct this wind farm. Is reinforced concrete good or bad for the environment?



    Not to mention transporting the things...





    And our maintenance!

    As I said, you could get cynical and I've even heard the word 'greenwashing' bandied about... particularly when you're told that the entire wind farm only produces enough power for half of the requirements of one platform. The gas powered generators are still working hard, no doubt.

    Maybe it will be the world's first and last floating wind farm.

    Anyway, that was yesterday, on renewables and in a flat calm sea. Today we're back on oil and gas and mid way through a 17 hour transit through 5 metre seas...

    The view through my office port hole ain't so good today.





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    Lucky you don't get seasick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The main thing is that I can now honestly say to my daughter that I've been working in renewables and she'll be well impressed.
    Key word here seems to be 'honesty'.

    Better tell her that it was to haul up even more of the dirty stuff
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A cynic may wonder just how green this energy is when considering the incredible amount of materials and power needed to construct this wind farm. Is reinforced concrete good or bad for the environment?
    Does it matter ?

    I'm sure that the memos on how lovely they would be as artificial reefs, has been written.

    And eaten

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    I see Eddo's Flora sponsiring H is that heroin, heroine or hairy matetlot landing strip

    Stafojord on Avon shirts could be palmed orf to Sheik Peer lovers , many undergrads have a semi literate grasp of literature but love garments with a Logo, mine were all screen printed with the sole plaice semi

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