The Tannoy to Annoy

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Friday, April 3, 2009

The kids were in their Easter show at school on the last day of term. We had the car loaded to the roof, ready for a sprint start.

The show was done! Bam! We're off! The next show was about to start! We raced for the boat at Harwich, stopping only for something to eat at Kettering. Despite the panic, we arrived in comfortable time and only spent 10 minutes in the car park before boarding.

Being a family of six, we had to split cabins. Nick took the girls to the four berth at one end of the boat, while I went off with Mel to the two berth, at the other end of the boat, on a lower deck. They couldn't have been further apart if they had tried.

The cabins were good quality, comfortable and smart, with a nice duvet. Stena Line I commend you! On the down side, the ship's tannoy was piped into the cabin at 180 decibels, whether you liked it or not.

We snuggled down.
"The Bureau de Change is open on deck seven."

We turned out the light.
"Would Mrs McKenzie please collect her keys from reception."

We dozed for half an hour.
"In case of emergency please put on all your warm clothes."

I unplugged the phone. It didn't help.
"Slumdog Millionaire will be starting in five minutes."

Eventually they shut up, but not until long after midnight. With the time difference, it was 5.30 English time when we had to get up for breakfast.
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