Something for Everyone!

This week I had the very good fortune to be able to deliver a video-session to Pinewood School for students aged 11-16 with additional needs, in Scotland, UK.

More on Leg 163: Wayne Malone's Most Intense Moment

If you’re following along the “Perfect Storm” blog post story from my last blog, I mentioned another individual who was also onboard Leg 163. I was interested in meeting more of the Siem Offshore team (they handle all of the drilling activities and equipment) and hearing another account of Leg 163.

Big Fish Eat Small Fish!

Today was a perfect day – blue sky and sea – radiant sunshine and a calm surface on the water allowing the light to penetrate deep into the aquamarine depths. It was a day to have lunch on deck and our wonderful galley crew did us proud, bringing a complete barbeque plus salad, sweets and fruit up onto the deck so we could all eat in the sunshine.


When you stand outside, on a ship, in the middle of a vast expanse of water, you become completely disorientated because there is nothing in any direction with which to orientate yourself. On land you are nearly always within sight of something notable – a hill, a copse of trees, a road or a church tower – something that can help you to know where you are.

"The Perfect Storm": Leg 163 on the JOIDES Resolution


"The Perfect Storm": Leg 163 on the JOIDES Resolution

The Fossil's Tale!

The word fossil comes from the Latin word ‘fossilis’ meaning ‘dug up’. People who go fossil hunting are looking for something that they can literally dig out of the ground and take home!

Invisible Rock!

Well, perhaps not quite invisible, but if you take a very, very thin piece of rock it is possible to see right through it! Now when I say thin, I really do mean thin! But who needs to see through rocks anyway? It isn’t just for fun!

Party, Party, Party

There is a proverb that says ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ meaning that someone who just works, works, works will become both boring and bored. They have nothing to talk about unless they are with someone else who is also just interested in work!

From Everest to the Sea: Sending love from one science expedition to another.

From Everest to the Sea: Sending love from one science expedition to another.

This post will be a little off topic in light of a recent catastrophe on Mount Everest that has been considered “biggest single disaster in the mountain's history.”
Photo Credit: Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When I was offered a place on the JOIDES Resolution I thought I would be coming away from home for a bit of ‘peace and quiet’. Lovely! No traffic noise; no sound of tills ’pinging’ as every item goes through; no students shouting at each along the corridors or playing loud music in the car park! Heaven! I couldn’t have been more wrong!

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