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 Post subject: Rouen Armada
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:35 pm 
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Tall ships in Rouen next week!

http://www.normandie-tourisme.fr/articles/rouen-armada-major-event-2013-1482-2.html

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:21 am 
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If, like me, you are fascinated by tall ships, then invest a 0.01p (plus P&P) in a used copy of Eric Newby's riveting and epic tale of sailing to Australia and then returning via Cape Horn as an 18 yr old on a Finnish-owned four masted barque in 1939. The best investment you'll make this year!
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My father gave me a copy when I was 18 or so and it's probably the most well-thumbed book I have.
Read the reviews here.At times funny, awe-inspiring, frightening - I can't recommend this highly enough. :ymapplause: :-bd

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Ah, the first Eric Newby I read years ago was A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. His early books were brilliant but I found the later ones less enjoyable. His descriptions are superb.


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Blaze wrote:
Ah, the first Eric Newby I read years ago was A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. His early books were brilliant but I found the later ones less enjoyable. His descriptions are superb.

I think that's true.. but as "The Last Grain Race" was his first book, it really is a great read. I have all his books but this one is the only one I keep returning to. :ymapplause:

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Newby's books about his wartime experiences in Italy and the purchase of his house in Italy after the war are marvellous. Especially when, like us, you know the area he is describing. His feel for the people is spot on and and his observations of life are brilliant.

Not read the one about the Clippers so must go and see if it is available for Kindle!


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I loved the Last Great Grain Race, and Love & War in the Apennines. Newby's style was interesting and entertaining. But some of his later books were travelogues that seemed to repeat themselves a bit and the style just wasn't as relaxed. Dirk Bogard wrote some entertaining stuff at the beginning, but inevitably his style changed and I found his books repetitive and uninteresting.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:17 am 
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Blaze wrote:
I loved the Last Great Grain Race, and Love & War in the Apennines. Newby's style was interesting and entertaining. But some of his later books were travelogues that seemed to repeat themselves a bit and the style just wasn't as relaxed. Dirk Bogard wrote some entertaining stuff at the beginning, but inevitably his style changed and I found his books repetitive and uninteresting.

The trouble with Eric Newby was that he was the Travel Editor for the Observer and some of his later books were pot-boilers - probably written for serialisation in the paper. His account of a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway was typical of his later work - meticulously well-researched but lacking the fire, the humour and the immediacy of his early books.
There aren't that many writers who have more than one book in them..

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I'm afraid I never really got into the Red Train book - started but never finished :(


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Anyway, after some major thread drift (my fault!), back to Rouen. Anyone going?

It's about time the UK built a replica of the classic 74 gun frigate that was the mainstay of the Royal Navy.. There is the Canadian-built HMS Surprise but why not the real deal? Similar to the French-built Hermione for example?

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Yep! hotel booked.

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It was awesome.
Personal favorite was the Norwegian Navy 'rocket boat'. Very cool.
Will post up snaps of l'armada if anyone is interested

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 Post subject: Re: Rouen Armada
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Yes please! :D

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I'm officially jealous!!
Yes please. :)

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Will do next week when I can get them off the camera.. but this one from the phone for starters

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aaagh.. smart phones have a mind of their own!!! can you spot the crew. on the rigging? This was the Swedish boat.

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That's not the replica Far East trading vessel that was built at Gothenburg just a few short years ago is it?
If so, I saw it under construction..
Always thought it's something the UK should be doing to celebrate our maritime heritage.

edited to add: This one?

Edited again to add: yes, here's its current position..

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Absolutely beautiful! ^:)^

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I didn't know it was on but, coming back from Dieppe from a very gruelling 5 nights away this week I drove along the quay and saw the rigging of all the ships as I passed.

Really, really, sorry I couldn't stop but my timing was too tight. I really needed to be home again after a week which took me from Nimes in the south, Bordeaux in the west to London in the north.

It looked really good, a real shame but the crowds were enormous. Obviously very popular.

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We went on the thurs & fri before it was officially open so we. avoided the crowds...had to be elsewhere by saturday otherwise we might have stayed a bit longer.
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aha! So. phone not quite so smart! Can someone do the honours please?

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Done!
Pictures of all the participants here
http://www.armada.org/en/voiliers?tri=nom
Many more photos of the Gotheburg here..
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=8646678

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Short feature about the "Kruzenshtern" (the former "Padua") from TV5 France.

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This weather keeps up and they can hold the event in Brive next time. :))

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Just a few snaps as promised!

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The Norwegian Navy boat - totally awesome - two gigantic turbines, what a fab noise!

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What the heck was the Norwegian Navy boat?
Took a stab at stealth and here it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skjold-class_patrol_boat
Looks like something out of a Bond film:

Have a look at their "Visby" class stealth ship.. v impressive!
And I saw Eric Tabarly's Pen Duick in there too.. :-bd

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I don't think it was the Stealth Ship, but it stopped dead in the water then moored sideways, very impressive. Everything was matt black including uniforms.

The soldiers standing on deck did not move a muscle during this manouver. (Second from left is female)

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Spooo-oooky! @-)

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I mean (blonde moment) It is the Stealth boat but apparently it's only the baby of the fleet!! :o

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