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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 58: 21 November

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysWhat one always wants. A chance to have the day again, and get it right this time. Long lie-in. The Professor has decreed that this shall be a no-filming day, and the signs are that it could become a non-day altogether. It's as if no one has any confidence in a day we've had already. I see nothing of Passepartout until late morning.

The sea is calm on the surface but a big swell is running at us from the south east, and the captain is worried that this is somehow affecting our speed. We are over halfway across the Pacific now, the weather warm and humid and cloudy. A ship is sighted on the starboard side, heading west, the first we've seen for four days. The captain makes radio contact.

'Hello westbound ship . . . This is eastbound ship Neptune Garnet, do you read me?'

'Hello eastbound ship, we read you.'

'What is your name?'

'Manila Prosperity.'

'Where are you coming from?'

'Great Lakes and Montreal to Nagoya and Bangkok.'

'We are on liner service, Tokyo to Long Beach.'

'How is weather?'

'Two lows, quite developed, have passed up to the Aleutians. We hope we are in high pressure now.'

'You're lucky.'

'Not so lucky after all, we have swell on port side. Rolling and pitching badly. We've lost time.'
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 58
  • Date: 21 November
  • Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
  • Place: Pacific Ocean
  • Book page no: 192

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