After a wonderful few weeks in Australia visiting family and friends, I finally met up with Danny John Jules and Craig Charles in Melbourne where we attended a brilliant convention and met loads of wonderful Aussie fans. We then flew to Sydney, did another equally wonderful convention and on our last day in Australia met up with FX wizard and terribly nice chap, Mike Seymour, his wife and friends and went for a sail on his beautiful yacht around the even more spectacularly beautiful Sydney Harbour. We first met Mike when he worked the green screen shots and special effects on Red Dwarf Back to Earth.
We each had a go on the steering wheel, or Capstan, or tiller, I truly don't know the correct nautical term, the thing you steer the boat with. Brilliant fun, tacking, shouting out commands to the crew (Mike's wife and a lovely chap and co-owner of the boat called Ken)
I think I look rather dashing and pirate like, this was hotly disputed by my fellow crewmates. And yes I am wearing a shirt emblazoned with Linux emblems having attended a Linux conference in Canberra the week before, yes, I've been busy.
Then, Danny did some steering
Danny was very cool, he got it in the slot and let that baby glide, cool as a cucumber, and while Danny was steering, Craig and I did some mildly erotic lounging on the port side, I think that's the side we were on..
And then we reached the critical stage of the day when Mike allowed Craig to do some steering. Being a highly responsible adult and father he wanted to set a good example so had a medicinal tot of rum.
"A tot Craig, ... a tot, don't swig it from the neck... you got no class guy!" was the quote from Dan
This was extraordinary rum, over 100 years old, very nice, Craig only took a little slug, I sipped a thimble full and started slurring and telling everyone I loved them.
We had a great day, Danny and I are now in New Zealand and Craig is on the way back to blighty.