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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 60: 23 November

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysEighth day on the Pacific. Woken at six by what I take at first to be a hangover. My cabin reeks of diesel fuel. Surely I hadn't drunk that as well. Somehow after the tomato ketchup and the tabasco and mustard cocktail anything was possible. But it turns out to be another of the eccentricities of the Garnet, that when the wind is in a certain direction, it blows engine fumes into the air conditioning.

Still suffering from ship lag. Last night was the fourteenth time I'd put my watch forward since crossing into France, sixty days ago.

Up to the bridge. 3562 miles from Tokyo. Our speed is 20.9 knots with a force 6 to 7 wind from the West pushing us along, but the rolling keeps our speed lower than it should be. The captain is still mystified as to why, and reiterates his preference for Japanese over Korean shipyards. The chief officer and ex-High Priest is more concerned about yesterday's ceremony. Was it too violent? I assured him that it was a great performance and will make television history. I didn't like to tell him that the language was so foul that the BBC will probably have to keep their bleep on throughout. He in turn assured me that it was usually much worse than that. He had had his testicles painted different colours and knows of someone on Neptune Amber who was given a Mohican haircut, and another who had his head shaved completely and was made to stand at the bottom of the accommodation ladder at Long Beach and escort customs and immigration aboard, dressed as Gandhi. Ran eight laps of the ship this afternoon - four kilometres. There's hardly ever anyone on deck, except for a couple of people checking the container fixings, or the temperatures on the refrigerated containers, so I have the Pacific to myself.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 60
  • Date: 23 November
  • Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
  • Place: Pacific Ocean
  • Book page no: 198

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