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2:04pm on Monday, 10th September, 2012:

At Sea


It's day seven of our cruise and we're half-way through. Today is a sea day as we travel between Corfu and Malta, which means that everyone is aboard and generally awake at the same time, vying for places by the pools and using all the cardboard drink cups. OK, so the problem with the cups is actually with the cardboard cup jackets people need so they can carry hot drinks without burning themselves; when these run out, people double up on the cups to achieve the same effect, which makes the cups run out too. It's not helping that there are members of staff teaching people how to put plastic caps on cardboard cups so drinks can be carried without being spilled; remarkable though it may seem, some individuals have reached an advanced age without figuring this out and are astonished by the technical wizardry that enables two things made of different materials to lock together into a single, drink-protecting (and, better from Celebrity's point of view, deck-protecting) whole. No, I'm not making any of that up.

For the first time on this trip, even the card room is full. Normally, it's either empty of there's a table in use for, hmm, well the longest game I've seen there was four people playing Mah Jong, which they did for over six hours straight. Today, there were people playing actual cards (mainly Gin Rummy by the look of it), although there was also a couple who were playing Scrabble employing a special set of rules that says you can only use three- and four-letter words (either that or they had rather unsophisticated vocabularies).

Anyway, the ship has lots of "original artwork" aboard in the public spaces, and it's this that I thought I'd blog about today, now I've stopped digressing. Here are some examples of what's on show, some of which is actually quite aesthetically pleasing:

Those are photos of them in situ, so there are reflections and other distortions — you get the general, er, picture though.

Of course, art wouldn't be art without pretension, so each work is accompanied by a description. One of the above has this as its accompanying text — see if you can guess which:

Troy Abbot's [redacted] redefines spirituality through an exploratory dialogue that studies the collective consciousness of society. The artist's metaphorical creations address technology as a form of spirituality, resulting in beautiful installations in which contemporary culture delicately merges with the past.

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