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    Looking forward to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Followed by a simple sausages, beans and toast, one of my favourite breakfasts.
    A breakfast of champions



    Although I think that space in't middle is crying out for 2 fried eggs


    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    Have you ever looked at your stool after drinking too many Guinness?
    It's Paddys day in a few weeks, I'll pm you one that'll look like Looper's latest rental
    Hmmmm....

    I thought the comparison I made with Terry's All Gold was a bit more tasteful


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    Another brilliant contribution Mendy.

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    Nice update Mendy, looks like you're having a very nice time. Shame no one tried the Best Black though!

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    As with Aberdeen, Peterhead has been built with granite, but unlike the dull greyness of the Aberdeen granite the Peterhead granite is pink, due I guess to an abundance of orthoclase feldspar.



    Peterhead is a cold, windy, God-awful desolate place with a huge heroin and crack cocaine problem and nothing going for it at all. In fact I cannot find a single redeeming feature about Peterhead in February and can't wait to get on the boat tomorrow and sail away as soon as possible. There's a lot of old fishing money in Peterhead but what's the point in having money of you live in a place like this? I'd sooner have a smaller bank account and live somewhere nice.

    Peterhead even makes Korat look OK. There, I've said it.



    Field Marshall Keith. I'm sure that he hated Peterhead as well.



    Anyway, I was stuck here for a day so thought that I may as well take a walk around. I walked down the hill of the main street, towards the docks.



    Peterhead is one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK and I walked round I heard many different accents and languages, no doubt due to the huge foreign work force both on the fishing boats and in the fish processing plants. The whole place stinks of fish, but not a bad smell to be honest.

    A lot of new cars around... the place also smells of money.



    Several fishing boats in the inner harbour had landed catches and were preparing to sail again.



    Here's a bit of history about Peterhead which I must admit I haven't read. I'm just not interested in this bloody awful place.



    A nice cannon.



    There's also an offshore base associated with the oil and gas industry, nothing to do with fishing, and bringing in more money to the place.



    A set of suction anchors that will probably provide anchorage to an FPSO or semi-sub mooring system at some point.



    Some left over flexible subsea pipe lengths discarded on the docks. I continued walking south past the docks because I was on a mission, despite the bitterly cold wind.



    If I had to spend long term in Peterhead this is the only place that I'd like to be.



    I eventually reached my destination, Peterhead Bay with a view of the breakwater that protects the entire bay and the harbour.



    The small entrance within the breakwater is clearly visible...



    But what's that on the horizon, visible through the entrance?



    Yes, there's my new boat on the horizon, waiting to come in. The harbour was temporarily closed due to the weather this afternoon but it the weather was due down by nightfall so I'll be boarding in the morning.



    I walked back in along the A90, pink granite everywhere.



    Frazerburgh has the dubious distinction of having an even worse heroin and crack cocine problem than Peterhead. I can understand why... WTF is there to do in places like this? Why don't people just move?



    I think that building above the blue vessels is Peterhead Prison, closed in 2013 and now a museum. But I'm not sure.



    More local history.



    These seagulls were waiting for a meal as the guys in the stern cleaned out their nets.





    This road bridge raises now and again to allow boats into the inner harbour, a real pain if you're walking back to your boat in the bitter cold after a few pints (in years gone by) and have to wait for the bridge to lower again. That road bridge is the access to the moorings for offshore vessels.



    But anyway, I was cold and ready to head on back up the hill into town.

    I wasn't going to have a pint today but then spotted this sign... I hadn't been to Bailie's for over ten years. My boat was still at sea and my only other choice was to sit in my dark and dingy hotel room, so no choice really.



    Not the most salubrious of exteriors...



    Nor interiors either, for that matter.



    I had a pint of Tennents and the bar girl gave me a little orange bowl of those cheesy biscuit things... and bizarrely enough, a little orange bowl of jelly babies as well. I would have to say that despite my complete dislike of Peterhead, the locals were friendly enough. I didn't really fancy mixing jelly babies with beer but if I'd have had a breast pocket in my T-shirt I would have taken a few back for later.



    My new compions were drinking a vaariety of pints along with whisky and water, although they spent most of their time standing outside in the doorway, smoking.



    The signs on the wall were in proper English and a bit easier to read than those on the wall of The Blackfriars in Aberdeen.



    But all good things come to an end, and this was the end of my last afternoon of freedom. I headed on back to the hotel which luckily enough had a SPAR next door in case I needed any last minute provisions.



    But a quick final pint of my mini-holiday in the hotel bar was in order. I imagine that my next pint will be at an airport somewhere in three or four weeks time.

    FFS...


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    Great story and pics.

    Thanks Mendip.

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    Entertaining thread Mendip!

    I reckon Armstrong and I have to up the Ante.

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    Your hotel bar looks better than that last bar. You could have saved yourself a cold walk…

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    Nowt wrong with a cold walk.

    I could spend the day on one now.

    Costs nothing or next to nothing too - unlike your 'mini-break' suggestions.

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    Great stuff Mendy. Enjoy your ocean trek.

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    Can't wait for the pics aboard the ship!

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    Peterhead Prison Museum - A Family Fun, Day Out in Peterhead

    A family fun, day out in Peterhead. Step back in time as you walk through 125 years or turbulent history inside "Scotland's Toughest Jail"
    Fun for all the family. It seem as if Peterhead is indeed quite shit.

    Looks good for pints n curry mind.


    I see the jail was founded in the same year as Celtic. I'm sure it's pure coincidence.

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    The area of scotland you are in looks to be miserable and joyless, more like a council estate infested with asylum seekers and benefit grabbing parasites than a thriving port servicing the offshore windfarm and oil and gas industries. That last hotel room was a disgrace.

    Even if I was starving I dont think I could lower myself to shop in a Spar. Aldi yes, M and S foodhall definitely, but Spar, good god Mendy. Pull yourself together man. Where are your standards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The small entrance within the breakwater is clearly visible...
    Well done Mendy, bought back a few memories, last steamed out of this harbor in about 1975 when it was too wild for choppers to fly, still recall leaving that harbor and entering open sea thinking "fuck me - its rough" - it was. One of the highlights of driving to Peterhead used to be passing the prison, always thought it was one of the bleakest places on the planet! guess it closed down and became a museum, what a great day out that would be - safe trip - take care....

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    Peterhead indeed looks bleak, esp on a cloudy winter day. Thanks for the pics - the curry looked good. Good luck in your stint for the next few weeks!

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    ^ Thanks Katie!

    This should only be a three week job... plus weather...

    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    That last hotel room was a disgrace.

    Even if I was starving I dont think I could lower myself to shop in a Spar. Aldi yes, M and S foodhall definitely, but Spar, good god Mendy. Pull yourself together man. Where are your standards!
    All three hotel rooms I've had this last week have also had a miniature bath instead of a normal shower. Is the UK caught in a time warp? I am sick of clambering in and out of baths to have a shower, I mean, who has baths in hotels these days?

    I just want a walk in shower... like everywhere else in the world.

    Oh, and a bum gun. How I miss a bum gun.



    Tax, I think that you're being a little harsh on SPAR. They have everything you need under one roof, from toiletries to bottles of Buckfast. My main gripe is the state of their flimsy plastic carrier bags. Everything needs to be double bagged... even the daughter's Easter eggs, as despite weighing next to nothing, the sharp corners of the cardbox boxes cut straight through the almost transparently thin plastic.

    Mind you, I guess it should be standard plastic to double-bag in NE Scotland...

    If you know what I mean.


    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Well done Mendy, bought back a few memories, last steamed out of this harbor in about 1975 when it was too wild for choppers to fly, still recall leaving that harbor and entering open sea thinking "fuck me - its rough" - it was. One of the highlights of driving to Peterhead used to be passing the prison, always thought it was one of the bleakest places on the planet! guess it closed down and became a museum, what a great day out that would be - safe trip - take care....
    I took the daughter to Shepton Mallet prison a few years ago. That has also been turned into a museum and it was a great day out, well for me anyway. The daughter has shown no interest in a repeat visit.

    The mooring fees at Peterhead are considerably cheaper than Aberdeen, but it is very exposed and regularly closes, so you take your chances. I would imagine that a half day delay due to the port being closed has wiped out any saving from the cheaper port fees. The last project was however not far from Peterhead so maybe it made sense from that point of view. And we will be heading north out of Peterhead later today, so that may also have been taken into account.

    My project is in the Western Isles, an electric cable route survey from Stornoway to the Scottish mainland. Once mobilised for the project, we will seam around the top of Scotland to the West Coast and I shouldn't see Peterhead again until the project is finished in a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    The area of scotland you are in looks to be miserable and joyless, more like a council estate infested with asylum seekers and benefit grabbing parasites than a thriving port servicing the offshore windfarm and oil and gas industries. That last hotel room was a disgrace.

    Even if I was starving I dont think I could lower myself to shop in a Spar. Aldi yes, M and S foodhall definitely, but Spar, good god Mendy. Pull yourself together man. Where are your standards!
    The inhabitants are probably less miserable and joyless than you tax.

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    I found something good about Peterhead... the breakfast at the Palace Hotel!

    It was pretty much as I'd suspected, to be honest.

    A very austere dining area...



    A nice selection of fruit (with bowls of prunes) and cereals.

    There was even a tray of Babybels just right of the bananas. I've never seen that before and I must admit that a couple now sit in my cheese bag and will be heading back to my daughter in Korat, in due course. It may sound a bit stingy, but that's 88 Baht's worth.



    And look at those yogurts... Ubley is a small village by Blagdon Lake in Somerset, round 3 miles from where I grew up. It's nice to get these occasional reminders of home.



    Fruit and natural yogurt... lovely and healthy. All I need is a silly watch!



    This few days sojourn in NE Scotland haven't been kind to me and I figured to turn it around on day 7 of my new job, when boarding the boat and starting to actually do some work.

    And then I read the menu... haggis!



    How can you not? A mini fry-up to finish up.



    I must admit that after a week of this, I really don't want to see another Full English, Scottish or anywhere else for quite some time.

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    Damn, you can tell the cooking gas costs money.

    Not sure who's stingier, the hotel manager or the bloke stealing 88 baht of cheese to give to his kid.


    Bon voyage mi amigo.

    Dare I say the average weight of both the ship's crew and Scotland is about to increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    How can you not? A mini fry-up to finish up.
    you need to learn patience and wait for them to finish cooking it.

    i'd have had the smoked haddock, and a side of haggis and pudding. Oh and i'd have taken all those babybels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    and bizarrely enough, a little orange bowl of jelly babies as well.
    Are you sure those weren't some kind of yaba?

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    Emergency shopping only. I really miss the convenience of a well stocked 7/11 when in the UK, but the UK is rapidly approaching 3rd world status these days and in the not too distant future Spar might be all we have.

    Bum guns are a gift from heaven, I will be taking a couple back next month to have installed in Taxexile Acres.

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    ^ You'll have a couple of acres spraying freezing cold Northern water round your nether regions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I just want a walk in shower... like everywhere else in the world.

    Oh, and a bum gun. How I miss a bum gun.


    .
    whilst the US Marines are inferior to the real thing i do agree with their motto

    “Improvise, adapt, overcome”

    The solution to your issue is on the wall above the bath.

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    Exactly, Mal. It’s not rocket science and also solves the problem of cold water…

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