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Writing about diving

I love diving, and am always keen to encourage people to give it a go – friends, family, visitors.  I enjoy writing about diving on this site but have recently started branching out a bit, and written a few articles for a blog called Scuba Diver Life.

My first was about one of my favourite dive sites (and curry houses) in Grand Cayman, check it out here, my post on Scuba Diver Life about Sunset House.

Thanks!

Tubbyman

 

Outlaw Chronicles – book review

Outlaw chronicles, beginning with Outlaw, by Angus Donald, is a new take on Robin Hood. Set just before Richard the Lionheart takes the throne, Robert Odo of Sherwood is a fallen nobleman who has become the godfather of the forest, providing protection and running rackets. His outlaw gang is a “better class” than the other outlaws, and they vigorously defend villages under their protection, albeit demanding absolute loyalty in return.   Read more…

Partners – review

Partners is a John Grisham short story, part of the new Kindles “shorts” series, novellas written specifically for the Kindle platform, which I found an interesting enough proposition to try out. It tells the story of how Sebastian Rudd met his paralegal/partner cum bodyguard (T-Ray Cardell, a decent family guy that falls on hard times and gets involved in a police shooting) that Grisham uses in Rogue Lawyer (for my review of that see LINK).  At 54 pages and 99p it is priced perhaps a little more expensive than pro rata to a novel and could simply be another short story featured in the Rogue Lawyer novel. Read more…

Skidoo fun in Canada

James Bond always seems to ride the coolest of vehicles, and I have finally managed to complete my James Bond bingo card of vehicles (well, I guess driving an Aston Martin is still outstanding…).  I’ve tried quadbikes (Morocco, Egypt, Namibia), jetskis (Egypt, Cayman), speed boats (Nevada, Cayman), dive propulsion vehicles (Thailand and Cayman) and now, finally, a skidoo! Read more…

Fish ID Friday – Spotted Porcupinefish

Spotted Porcupinefish, the Diodon hystrix, are probably our favourite fish to spot on a dive. They are like blimps, hovering in the water with large, soulful eyes, they are timid, it is very hard to get a good full frontal photo, they will swim frantically away at a pace that I can barely keep up with and I don’t want to scare them further.  These fish are part of the puffer fish family, which can inflate their bodies by swallowing water to increase their size both for intimidation of predators and to make it more difficult for them to be swallowed. They also have spines which radiate out when that defence mechanism is triggered.  Read more…

Rogue Lawyer – Book Review

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.  I like a good John Grisham book. As a qualified lawyer I would be lying if I said that Grisham hadn’t somewhat influenced my idea of what my career would become (although accepting that UK lawyers come across fewer guns, I was thrilled when one of my first cases involved a disreputable shotgun dealer) but I do recognise them as cracking fiction and mostly escapism. Read more…

Flowers Sea Swim – Grand Cayman

Now over two decades old, the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim bills itself as the richest open water swim in the world, based on the number of prizes given away both to the top finishers but also in a random prize draw to those entrants who complete the swim competing only against themselves (with around one in five entrants winning a random prize from the $100,000 prize fund).

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Fish ID Friday – Spotted Trunkfish

Lactophrys bicaudalis, the Spotted Trunkfish is a funny, Toblerone shaped fish (triangular cross section from the front) with little fan fins, that flits nervously around coral heads. Black spots over a white or gold body, with pursed lips they apparently secrete a toxin when touched, meaning they can be a predators last meal. Not necessarily the best defence mechanism, to kill slowly when eaten… Read more…

Delia’s delights, Harlequin and a spot of dream weaving on Grand Cayman

My friend Dan doesn’t like diving when we are Lionfish culling.  It’s not that he’s in favour of the invasive species, just that he’s a bit more nervous that the sharks can get frisky.  So we opted for a recent two tank residents’ special with Red Sail, to the North Wall. Read more…

L’Ermitage du Lac Tremblant

Mont Tremblant ski resort is a small ski resort in Quebec, a couple of hours drive from Montreal and about five km from the town of Mont Tremblant. The summit peaks at 2,781 feet and is part of the Laurentian mountain range.  We visited during Easter 2016, after a couple of days in Montreal (which is a direct flight from Grand Cayman) before heading to Quebec City, breaking up the journey by stopping at Parc Omega to enjoy the wildlife (see post here).

My wife loves skiing, but I am more at home in the water (see 5 Reasons why diving is better than skiing). Still, it’s good to get a change in weather, and to get out on the slopes every so often. A trip to Canada offered a great chance for that. Read more…