The Voyage: Roz Savage
New Website Stuff
07 May 2007, Still hiding

I may be in hiding while I work on my book, but I've still been busy with updating my website content. There have been numerous refinements, but especially check out the "Rower" and "Environment" options on the menu bar for the new stuff...

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Definition of Ocean
06 May 2007, Somewhere in Britain

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
(Ambrose Pierce)

I found this definition whe it popped up on my Google desktop in the "random quotes" area, and it provoked an interesting avenue of thought. Maybe the world is not actually "made for man", and I am quite sure that the oceans are not...

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Alone On The Sea
05 May 2007, Still hiding

The mariner and poet Chris Couch sent me this poem, which sums up the more positive feelings I had about the ocean during my Atlantic crossing. (The less positive feelings were decidedly un-poetic, and indeed unpublishable...)

Alone on an open sea
Gazing at a star filled sky
Where would I be?
Had I passed this planet by

An empty vessel
Floating through time and space
A blue marbled port
How on earth did I land in this place?

Not easy is this world
A life of battles
Defeats and victories hard fought
Seeking balance on the surface
While living deep in thought

An unknown destination
Towards which I ride
Beyond a moonlit horizon
Where my two worlds collide

A truth we have learned
This secret we share
Feeling her movement
Breathing her air

Taking measure of life
Standing at the edge of this step
All I have lost
All I have kept

Having forgotten more
Than most will learn
Surrounded in her cold darkness
She beckons for my return

[Photo: sunrise on the Atlanti - photo taken by me]

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03 May 2007, In hiding, working on book

A contact in Hawaii sent me this appalling picture of rubbish on a beach - and maybe the most horrifying thing about it is that this island is uninhabited. It is Kaho'olawe Island in Hawaii, and all the rubbish has arrived via the ocean. Much of it comes from Korea and Japan, as evidenced by the language on the plastic bottles. Once in a while volunteers arrive for a clean-up, and the rubbish is helicoptered out.

If this is the amount that ends up on the beach of a small island, how much more must be still swilling around in the ocean.... and who can clean it up from there?

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