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I'm out on the ship now, but I do have an internet connection so I've added a new page which links directly to my Fine Art America page. You can now buy prints from FAA directly from this site.


I've now added my latest painting, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Foulridge to the Works in Progress page. You can see the painting as it progressed here.


I think I've managed to get the site back up and running now, and with a new design and layout.


So I now have 3 days left to try to get the site up and running again. On the 29th I'll be going from the hotel to the ship, which will be in Yokohama. From there we'll be sailing down to Taiwan and then on to the Philippines. Hopefully I'll be able to continue updating this column as we go to work just north of Luzon.


Well, after 3 weeks of emailing back  and forth with the host company and getting nowhere, it turns out that my anti-virus program is preventing me from adding new photos to the site.


After 41 hours of travel, I've finally made it to my quarantine hotel in Narita, Japan. I'll be spending the next 10 days looking at these four walls so maybe that will give me time to figure what the heck the problem is with the site. At least I can add text, just not images.


I've been trying to edit the site, but keep getting "Undefined" errors and no one seems to have a clue why.


 I thought I would add my latest painting to the website, turns out that may not have been such a great idea...



The Life of Cable Engineer


For the last few years I've been based on a cable ship called Resolute. Our home base, which is where our cable depot is located, is in a city called Taichung, which is about halfway down the west coast of Taiwan.

We're responsible for the maintenance of a number of fibre optic cables laying on the seabed in an area that stretches from Singapore up to Japan and out to Guam.


We have to be ready to sail on very short notice any time that a fault develops in one of the cables within our contract area. Because of the large area we have to cover and the need to be ready to sail at all times, we have to remain fully manned. This can sometimes lead to extended periods in port followed by a crazy rush when we get a call out to repair a damaged cable.

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