Archive for December 2012

Favourites of 2012   9 comments

A couple of my favourites from 2012, both from Greenland.

I was working in Greenland for a month, we were suppose to be installing a sonar array on the sea bed but instead spend the entire time move icebergs away from a rig.

Ice watching.

Watching the ice

Thanks for visiting and have a happy New Year.

Posted December 31, 2012 by rigmover in Greenland

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Christmas Offshore   22 comments

This has been the first Christmas I’ve spent at home in 5 years and it has been fantastic. December is a busy month for us, last year while I was away I missed,(In order) My son’s birthday, our twentieth wedding anniversary, Christmas day, boxing day, my birthday, New years eve, and new years day. The worst thing was, the weather was so bad we didn’t do anything.

But it’s not all doom and gloom off-shore at Christmas, everybody knows that we are all stuck out there so we make the most of it, movies and games, go to the gym or just chill.

Christmas day lunch is to die for, last year we had two sittings, we were on the first, we took our seats, read the menu, had a choice of starters, followed by a large choice of main dishes, deserts were out of this world, all washed down with non alcohol beer and wine.

But the evening meal is when the staff onboard really go to town, it’s a cold buffet, I won’t tell you about it because I wouldn’t be able to give it justice, here is a shot of part of it.

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This all goes on during 128 knot winds, 10 meter waves. now we are on a jack-up so we don’t move around that much but the noise from the wind whistling through the legs was really loud.

This photo shows the weather, these waves are suppose to be 10 meters high but the wind is so strong it’s keeping them down around 7 meters. I took this shot from the pilot house which is about 7 stories up.

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After doing nothing for 28 days we were allowed to go home, the day after we left they decided to move, as they started to jack down into the water a weld on one of the legs failed, properly due to the very high winds and stress of the legs flexing. The jack-up was immediately towed to shallow water for repairs and checks on all the legs, a big job, here is part of one leg.

Jack-up Leg

 

A month later and guess where I was, yeah back onboard, we towed it to where it should of gone and sat it on the seabed. Job done.

We have a fiftieth birthday party tonight (not mine) My birthday tomorrow (not fifty yet) then New Years eve, so have a great new year and I’ll post again next year.

Posted December 29, 2012 by rigmover in North Sea

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NZ Xmas   8 comments

One of my wife’s shots from Auckland, New Zealand. On the corner of two great streets in Auckland, Queen Street (the main street of Auckland) and Victoria Street.

NZ Xmas

 

Whitcoulls is a type of book store, a bit like WH Smiths here in the UK, In fact I think WH Smiths now own them.

 

The Arms of Sir Edmund Hillary.

 

 

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My wife shot this in a church in Auckland, a truly great man.

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbersconfirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school, making his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Prior to the 1953 Everest expedition, Hillary had been part of the British reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951, as well as an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached theSouth Pole overland in 1958. Subsequently, he also travelled to the North Pole.

Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal.

Has anyone seen a 2 Billion pixel photo of Mt Everest, click here make sure you zoom in and out, check out the base camp and also an upper camp and even people ascending Everest.

Posted December 27, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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Happy Holidays   19 comments

Just like to wish you all a great Christmas break, thank you all for the Likes and Comments throughout the year.

This is my first Christmas at home for a long time so I’m really looking forward to it.

I’ll post again sometime soon.

Merry Christmas.

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Posted December 24, 2012 by rigmover in London

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I-Phone Friday   8 comments

Just went and got some last bits for Christmas, while the wife was food shopping I made my way to the booze aisle and found some Ale’s, some of these are very close to my heart, and liver.

Thought I would share some of them with you, those of you that have been to the UK may know some and even sampled some, but the rest of you will just have to take my word that we actually drink this stuff.

All photos taken with my iPhone 5 and Camera+

Not a very Christmasy one.

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Feet get in a Tangle after to many.

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Also make Tea.

 

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Riggwelter is a sheep that can’t get back on it’s feet, just like me after to many of these.

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The Pride of London (some think so)

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It’s the only time I attempt to dance is after some of these.

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Say no more.

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Posted December 21, 2012 by rigmover in London

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Coffee and Croissants   16 comments

While my wife was in NZ she spent a bit of time at her Uncle and Aunts, they live in a suburb of Auckland call Remuera, it’s on the east side of town overlooking Waitemata Harbour and Mission Bay, it’s a beautiful part of town, but saying that most of Auckland’s costal area is pretty nice.

This is the view to have coffee and croissants to, on the right in the distance is the perfectly formed volcanic island of Rangitoto.

Auckland View

 

Of course a lot of houses have nice views, but if you compare it to the view out our window back in London, you can see why I like this one so much.

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Posted December 20, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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More from Aotearoa   10 comments

Just in case you were wondering! Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand meaning “Land of the long White Cloud”

Hotunui or Meeting House.

Interior view of Hotunui, a carved meeting house built in 1878 for the Ngāti Maru people, Thames, New Zealand, by carvers from the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatane, as a wedding present when Mereana Mokomoko, a Ngāti Awa woman, married Wīrope Hōterene Taipari, a Ngāti Maru leader. The house has been in the Auckland War Memorial Museum since about 1920.

 

The walls are decorated by poupou (wall posts) depicting ancestors. The carvings are flanked by decorative tukutuku panels. The rafters are decorated in swirling white, red, and black kōwhaiwhai designs.

 

 

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This is a Pataka, basically a fridge, larder/pantry all rolled into one, food was kept in pataka, The building is raised off the ground to be free from rats and damp-ness.

A large pataka was the sign of abundance of food and their fore a wealthy chief.

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Posted December 18, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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Pohutukawa   8 comments

The Pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.

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A gnarled, twisted Pohutukawa on the windswept cliff top at Cape Reinga,(Not the one pictured) the northern tip of New Zealand, has become of great significance to many New Zealanders. For Maori this small, venerated Pohutukawa is known as ‘the place of leaping’. It is from here that the spirits of the dead begin their journey to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki. From this point the spirits leap off the headland and climb down the roots of the 800-year-old tree, descending into the underworld on their return journey.

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Here is a close-up of the flower.

Posted December 17, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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Maori Carving’s   13 comments

Some shots from my wife’s visit to NZ, I’ve met a lot of people in my travels but some of the nicest people I have ever met have been Maori, kind and pleasant  folk.

In some respects, carving is the written record of a people who, until the nineteenth century, knew nothing of writing. Carvings preserve much of the history and culture of Māori.

Though Māori carving differs substantially from other Pacific carving it seems certain that the basic patterns were brought to New Zealand by the Māori from their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. The distinctive style of Māori carvings is partly due to the isolation of the Māori from the rest of Polynesia. An abundance of timber such as tōtara and kauri provided a perfect medium for carving, as did an ample supply of pounamu (greenstone or jade). My wife brought me back a stunning piece of Pounamu which I now wear every day.

The highly competitive iwi (tribal) system in New Zealand which existed at the end of the eighteenth century probably acted as a spur to the production of superior houses, canoes, ornaments and weapons as a matter of prestige. However, the greatest advance for the art of the carver came with the introduction of steel tools in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Carvings cannot be ‘read’ in the European sense. They are a record of tribal affairs and pay deep respect to ancestors, history and the people for whom they are prepared. The protruding tongue, as used in the haka (war dance), is intended as a symbol of defiance, determination and strength.

Posted December 13, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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Taught her everything I know.   6 comments

Well my wife is back from NZ, had a great time seeing family and friends.

Before she left I set her up with my Nex-5, showed her the ropes, what all the buttons do, how to turn it on, basically everything I know about photography.

So here are some of her results.

This is Sky Tower at 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

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Out for lunch with family.

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And even some time in the park.

In the Park

 

 

I’m only kidding, she took a lot of great photo’s and i’ll share them over the next week or so.

Posted December 11, 2012 by rigmover in New Zealand

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