The important thing about standing around a log fire in a village pub is to remember to rotate your position, or you will soon catch the whiff of singed winter coat. The
My other friend Nigel*, who spends his working life on board ships and has risen to something very senior in the British merchant navy, is telling me that even shipping in the English Channel has to take the threat of piracy seriously.
As he tells it, vessel hijacking is nothing new, but has only recently been in the headlines because it has started affecting the oil trade, particularly out of the
I’m still trying to puzzle out what he explained to me about keeping records of the crew’s shoe sizes, so that after the decks have been sprayed with gunfire, the bodies can be identified by their shoes. I don’t find that altogether very encouraging.
*not the oft-quoted Nigel Davis who writes Chemical Insight