Around the World in 80 Days
Day 59: 22 November
Here is enthroned King Neptune, a cardboard crown and cotton wool beard barely disguising the dark Singaporean features of the chief electrician. He holds a trident and next to him sits the Queen - his wife Lily. Their little boy Rajiv, who is travelling with them, is not one of the participants but looks on in total amazement. We are ordered to kneel. Just time to notice there's a handsome sunset behind us before being shouted at to keep my head bowed. A scroll is then unwound and charges read to the effect that we transgressors have strayed over the Date Line without asking King Neptune's permission.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 59
- Date: 22 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: Pacific Ocean
- Book page no: 193
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