Ninja

 

There can be few things

in life more frivolous than

chasing your own tail.

 

by Scooj

 

Ninja
Ninja
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14. Pissed off

My 1988 Falkland Island journal continues…

Sunday 17 April 1988, Koei Maru 30

Getting pretty pissed off out here – the weather is non-descript, overcast. I am in permaslumber and can’t break out. My cabin is too hot, probably causing my drowsiness, the work is bloody boring and most other activities send me to sleep.

A letter to the TLS (click to read)
A letter to the TLS (click to read)

I found an interesting letter in the TLS. I wonder if Ad had tactfully neglected to send the issue with the original article in it – I will have to ask him.

I have seen two more birds, one yesterday and one today:

a little grey and white bird, round and small, ‘flying’ underwater. I’ve seen it on the wall chart, but don’t remember the name;

a tern-like bird, very white with a grey cap and light grey wing uppers. A sleek bird with a forked tail.

Monday 18 April 1988, Koei Maru 30

I damn well slept again from 24:00 until 02:00. It is driving me bonkers. I shouldn’t need an ‘afternoon’ kip after having some ten hours or more night’s sleep. What is happening to me?

Walked into the bridge to find the Fishing Master in his underpants and vest. This is the first time this has happened. It is impossible to know what to do. I cannot ignore him (which I do), because it is so obvious. I cannot leave, because I have work to do.

I slept from 06:30 to 12:30, ready to eat steak, but I have just found the Fishing Master in the kitchen and I think he is eating my food. Revenge is sweet.

Falkland Island 1988 29p stamp
Falkland Island 1988 29p stamp

I managed to get a steak in the end. Wrote to Nick B and to Deb.

I have bumped my head countless times today. It’s a bastard, I’ve got lumps on my head now. It seems to happen as I pass through doorways.

Tuesday 19 April 1988, Koei Maru 30

I hate to admit it, but I wrote nothing today…little happens.

The young 20 year old crew member is sick.

Wednesday 20 April 1988, Koei Maru 30

I think this trip will go faster than the last, especially since I know that it is the last voyage for squid.

I also know that the KM30 will call in at Port Stanley on the 15th to tranship squid with the last KSJ reefer before setting out for a further 10 days.

Monitoring and recording squid, 1988
Monitoring and recording squid, 1988

I set a good quiz for Gavin, which I enjoyed doing, but at this moment, 05:00 I am very pissed off indeed – I don’t know why, I suppose there are many reasons. One which occurs to me immediately is that squid are horrible. I hate bloody squid…I’m even beginning to hate the taste of it. This is a shitty job anyway – yeah, great, so I’ll have a few anecdotes to bore my friends with, but basically it’s shitty. Who else would do this kind of work, that had spent 4 years at university? nobody.

 

Black Widow

 

Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol
Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol

 

She loves him, it’s true,

though her dark purpose prevents

an eternal love.

 

 

 

by Scooj

  • One of a pair of haiku, to be read with Peacock. The inspiration came from two mysterious cards stuck to a wall in Ward Street, Bristol.
  • This haiku is heavily influenced by the magnificent and mischievous Poet Rummager and her ‘Hungry Love‘ haiku, with thanks.

 

Peacock

 

Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol
Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol

 

He loves her so much,

his proclamation is clear

for all to witness.

 

 

 

by Scooj

  • One of a pair of Haiku, to be read with Black Widow. The inspiration came from two mysterious cards stuck to a wall in Ward Street, Bristol.

33. Stokes Croft, Palmer’s (1)

This mural is one of several tribute walls in Bristol dedicated to Matt Hibbert known locally as ‘Mibsy’.

Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

Mibsy had opened a spray paint shop (King of Paint) that supplied many of the local street artists, and he was much loved within the graffiti community.

His untimely death in July 2014, he was only 39, sparked a large number of tribute works, in particular in the Stokes Croft area.

Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

This work, I believe, was a collaboration between Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr (see 19 and 22), Deamze and Dotcom, all Bristol artists.

Mibzy, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Mibzy, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

The site is an interesting one. The once magnificent building dating back to 1868 was an ironmongery and hardware store but has fallen on hard times and is now derelict.

Hate is foolish, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Hate is foolish, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

There is also a further interesting feature that accompanies the mural. On the left hand side is a statement that has been over-painted, but can be seen in relief, which reads ‘hate is foolish’. Layer upon layer.

6.5/10

32. Hillgrove Street (2)

On a wall opposite the Phlegm mural, previously featured, is a beautiful stencil of a tabby cat.

Beastie, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2015
Beastie, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2015

The cat, by Beastie, an artist from Gloucester, has left its blue paw prints behind. This is a lovely and somewhat understated work.

Beastie has been nicknamed the Banksy of Gloucester by the local media, and he would appear to be both prolific and popular.

 

7/10