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  • Delhi Belly!

    Maurice is offended. He tells me that he was not "out drinking last night" and most certainly doesn't have a hangover. In fact things are rather worse - he has what he described as "Delhi belly" and I chose to ask no more. Yesterday was a day of maintenance for G-KIRK. M found...

  • Singapore Hangover

    Little to report today. Belinda tells me that G-KIRK's mechanical difficulty has been addressed and so their race should continue as planned (last-ish!). "M is out drinking!" was the only news proffered and so, I imagine, M has had a well deserved rest today and is now sampling the local...

  • Jungle Bond

    M left Rangoon early this morning and arrived at Phuket (how is that pronounced?) after flying for 11 hours. You won't be surprised to hear that the flight was not without incident. My obsession, the oil leak, caused some problems today. M put down in a jungle area in Thailand when he realised that...

  • Pump Jammed

    Tonight's news was relayed to me over a fairly crackly line by a very sleepy, almost incoherent M. As expected M and G-KIRK got away ahead of most of the field today. M had managed, somewhat dubiously, to refuel her last night. His fuel pump jammed while he was crossing some sea causing him to divert...

  • Back on course!

    M did not 'phone me last night. Well, he did, he claims, but the line was engaged each time - probably by my regular round of calls re. where is he now? what has he done this time? It is wonderful that so many people are interested and showing such support for M's true aviator spirit. I'm...

  • Down! But out??!

    You may have noticed that no news arrived last night (22/03/01). M had not contacted me by 23.00hrs which I put down to: unable to get to 'phone (?locked up?), didn't try, did try and couldn't get through or doing something more interesting (ref. M the tourist!). I hoped, hoped, that everything...

  • Deteriorating...

    The quality of communication between M and I is deteriorating due, in part, to time difference as he struggles eastwards (I think?) but also because I am spending increasingly long hours at my desk. Our conversations now take place as I drive home - 20.00 hrs for me; midnight for M. He informed me that...

  • No oil leak today‚Ķ

    Today an enigmatic message to my office at 18.00 hrs relayed by our secretary "Tell my beloved that I'm going to bed and that I'm now known as 'BCL' (Below Camel Level)." Well BCL rang later and caught me driving home from work. Another easy day today. Flying over the mountains...

  • Below Camel Level!

    Maurice telephoned at 20.00hrs our time tonight to assure me that he has not been eaten by sharks in his trip across the sea to Dubai. He flew amongst oilrigs before climbing to 5000ft where he and G-KIRK found a 10 knot tail wind, at 80mph they did not know themselves. This time it was, reports M, wonderfully...

  • Luxor to Ha'il

    Hello It seems that Maurice has managed to upset no one today. He telephoned me at 21.31hrs this evening, shattered again but jubilant. Fantastic flying! He and little G-KIRK have covered approx. 500 miles at very, very low level owing to head winds of up to 40mph. The desert was wonderful and M seemed...

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