The ship in the picture is The Greg Mortimer. Named after the founder of the company that owns her, Aurora. Not a big vessel, 1400 tons, and carries only 100 passengers. The thing about her is that she was designed for excursions to the poles.
It’s always a pleasure to witness the arrival of a vessel for the first time. There is always the possibility that it has visited before and I just missed it. Nonetheless, for me, it was my first time of seeing it.
I had it in my mind this morning that I was going to write about the street coming alive, it can be like a person who really does not want to get up but is forced to. There’s the clanking and rumbling of the Holland & Barret health food delivery lorry bringing the stock to the shop. The quiet hiss passing your ear as a cyclist is trying to get to the ferry, Bob, who is waiting for Greggs to open, so he can get his breakfast. The staff of wetherspoons putting the tables and chairs out, even though it’s very likely to rain, and besides, who want to sit outside at 6AM?
There are a definite number of stages. If you walk down the street, even just half an hour later, it is like a different place. The street is heading for coffee.