Saturday, 23 September 2017

Skin Deep

I will add in a few more details of Princeton and those tiger paws soon but other pores (!) are worth mentioning now.

On this blog I have mentioned at various times over the years of "skin deep";Kindle and other electronic "picture skins covers";and Went's Spa trips when known and publicly noted,for example.

I have also mentioned the deeper meaning of skin pore beauty - in the proverbial sense and literal -every time Went appears - for real,in Pixel or jpeg.

One of my "to do's" on this trip was to treat myself to a spa treatment - while in the middle of a vast ocean of mostly blue sea. 

A deep cleanse,bio technical,renew,refresh,revitalize and soothe. After each treatment ,the same face but with an even more grateful skin.

The experience of lying in a spa room,with soft lights,relaxing music and gentle but professional hands is even more an experience when you are "waved" about - if not rocked gently at the same time. 

So as we sail creatively back to the UK,I am reflecting on a wonderful time and thanking people accordingly. 

Spa Treatments are a serious art - another form of entertainment - that touch your psyche not just your skin.Many thanks therefore to the "Facial Therapist" - who weaved her invigorating, fingertip magic.

Magically ..(..getting internet is magic when you are "at sea"!!) I learn that Went,in his character skin of Captain Cold ,has been seen on a piece of #DC Crossover Art advertising "meeting up with" Supergirl in "Crisis on Earth X".

Hopefully - and soon.

Love xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Visiting Princeton -pt 1

Travelling still, I have now walked in leafy Brooklyn,experienced the heights of Manhatten,seen and felt the impact of Liberty in the corridors of Ellis and walked in the sockless shoes of Albert Einstein.

Finding the way from Brooklyn to New Jersey was done with helpful and creative advice.A practice run the day before the scheduled Princeton visit was required. And so grateful for it. A hot,sultry New York subway on the F line to Penn,Amtrak to Princeton junction,Dinky to Princeton Campus sounded straightforward. 

Then and before I thought of Went's art gallery pictured when living in Larchmont - the names of the Stations he used or passed on his way to "school". It may have been Midwood of course but in planning the trip I wanted to ask him.

Why did I want to visit Princeton? Because Went studied there and went through difficult and then more enjoyable times during one of his first transitions into the person he is now.

I also figured that despite his words of reflection during his poignant and powerful talk for Active Minds,that Went had fond memories overall of his positive years there - the Tones that were set during that time that then enabled him to graduate. As Went had also narrated for the short film about the architectural changes in the Princeton grounds,I felt that I should go and visit when I could. Went seemed "comfortable" with his more positive memories so that made me feel comfortable in visiting there.To "feel" where he had spent so much time and thought.

On Princeton preparation day,one of the most helpful people in the huge Penn station was a welcome lovely surprise. From subway to Amtrak we walked through a maze - and at times a sultry haze - checking the "oh so many" signs. Needing some water the local pharmacy on the station concourse was a welcome sight. Served by a person who at the moment of "sale" seemed disinterested in a vague kind of way,talking to a colleague while scanning the bar code,we discussed where we would go next .

Suddenly they asked where we wanted to go. Explaining, the sales assistant then gave us the answer - right then,clearer than any of the tikka tape signs overhead.Grateful for their help and for their skill at multi tasking,the clear instruction was the direct route to the NJ Amtrak ticket office.
For Princeton Day the route was prepared.

Back en route to Penn station,on Princeton day I felt honored - two Native NewYorkers (Well a Brooklyner and a New Yorker) asked us if they were on the right train. That meant to me that "we blended in" - especially when we were able to answer. It seems that all large cities undergo rail line work at weekends and trains are - re routed - from F to c or A - or was it D?? Discussion and fun in the sub way carriages prior to Penn with all of us not "really sure".I thought about a radio interview Went gave where he discussed his route to "school"- quickly,fluently,effortlessly,clearly - similarly to the way he described his Pizza toppings. 

I thought of Went the whole time - did he travel this route every now and again? his feelings as he arrived at Princeton - in a different way - but still arriving and walking into the campus through the large simply ornate,gates.?

The first arrival point however was new. But Went would have used it - often - I am certain.

A brand new "helpful and full of useful things" type of facility where students were buying freshly prepared hot food,drinks,etc etc - emergency supplies to last until they went into Princeton Village..(could have spent a day there).
I noticed the familiar Peanut Butter cups and the M's - copious amounts. Made me smile especially when I saw the familiar yellow sleeved ice cream bar and a "Cookie milk shake - I had them.At that moment I was a student at Princeton University.

The day we visited was student arrival day. Helpful signs all around,students with large moving in boxes,crates...stuff.. all "stuffed" in to clear plastic boxes so that you could see easily the random packing styles of different students. Especially that there was no packing style at all some cases... 

But I was there to learn about and see the history and the beauty of the Princeton buildings,the leafy areas of grass where students were quietly reading,the benches placed throughout the Campus,the Princeton Golf buggies transporting people around,the sound of crickets..

.. and the Orange,...the Black ....and the Tiger.

More of that next blog. 

Photos @janecarroll4 - instagram.  


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Shipping the Buffet

Having been on board now for 10 days or so I am still finding fascinating aspects of ship life - while at Sea,or at Port - but always at the buffet!!

Firstly,I cannot praise all the crew highly enough for their professionalism and attention to every detail - or whim - of its "guests".

Helpful,courteous,supportive,kind and friendly is the overall "face" I see every day on every level of the decks - including the buffet.

but I have to write about the buffet. From day one of entering it I was amazed.

The food is fantastic - breakfast,snack,lunch,afternoon tea,dinner,nibbles ..repeat..

What ever time you "touch the buffet - with essential anti-bacterilaised hands - the same event happens. It can be full or quiet - the same thing happens.

Except actually for dinner. Mostly eating elsewhere on ship at night ,it is only recently that I noted the phenomena of the evening dinner buffet. Back to that later.

I am fascinated at the people "traffic" flow through the buffet. People milling in the hot section. In the cold section - with heaving trays,moving across or straight ahead - missing other fellow travelers with a napkin width - in some cases.

I once watched a documentary about the experts who study the flow of people in urban spaces.... how the "technology" is put to use for example in Airports,supermarkets etc. 

It is about the flow and the ebb of ship dining, in this case.

But - human nature, being what it is, confounds the flow.

An example - you queue for a moment to get access to your hot meal,have it on your plate then decide that you will head off diagonally for the cold salad.The thought then enters your head subliminally as you pass the beautiful triangle's of cheese en route to the salad bar - that actually you want cheese too - so you divert back and around. The cheese section,constantly re filled - is next to or near the cold dessert section - full of choices you place your tray and ponder - looking left and right and then deciding on the trifle ( or maybe the passion fruit cheesecake?). Thinking that you might then turn and head straight for the tables where to eat, you remember that you want a drink. Self serve alcohol is available along with the usual water,juice,hot drinks - but all in another area of the buffet. As you "chicane" your way,the trays,sometimes meet in the middle. Stopping in a napkins breathe with a "whoops" sorry, you both go on your way in a different chicane.

Meanwhile another tray another day you pass the hot plate =croissants and pancakes,hot puddings with a large vat of custard... hot scones also feature there.Perhaps you turn your tray around - or just go back for stage 2 of the dining experience.?

Trays leading the way,I am constantly amazed at the skill of the cruise passenger - many of who might not drive any other vehicle except the food tray,who negotiate the food experience expertly- for some 4/5 times a day.

However, for the evening meal the buffet restaurant team had a plan.

For those in the know it would have been a jolt of memory. For those new to cruising a shock. 

In the evening they barricade a section of the buffet with a "ribbon".

With all restaurants open at night it is obvious as to why but when you are used to your Tray leading you around in a complex weaving pattern for most of the ship day,when a barrier is placed within ,there have been puzzled faces. - primarily how to get to the cheese section? 

I am certain there have been fleeting moments of .." can i climb over it? can I get under it? " . I once saw an agile crew member,who I later knew to be in the entertainment team get under the "ribbon" - I figured just limbering up for the show in the theater later. 

But no - most of us just walk around in a different kind of circle,some looking a bit dazed at the perceived complication of it . Trays are more cautious at night because of the ribbon barrier. Time is taken. Other buffet times "we" are a frenzied bunch worried that food once eaten is not replaced - that "we" might go hungry.Trays permanently on guard. Sturdy and strong in hopeful steady hands.
On many levels it raises interesting reflections of the World we live in but this is just a light-hearted observational fact from my perspective.

On a heavy seas crossing day - when waves are swelling with pride reminding us that the sea is a magnificent majestic beast,if you are able to eat at the buffet - that too is fascinating. Weaving your way,staggering to the beat of the waves before you even pick up a tray is the epitome of sea worthiness. Skillfully walking with a loaded tray, whilst trying to walk in a straight line and not bump into a fellow cruiser or the cheese section has my respect. Actually wanting to eat in rough seas has my total respect. Make way for the loaded tray in heavy seas - they earn the right for a clear thoroughfare to the table of their choice.    

Remembering that Went sailed across the Atlantic with the Tiger Tones back in the day,I wonder too if he experienced any of the above. in some ways in talking to fellow guests,cruising hasn't changed very much in culture - but has in style and technology.

So my reflections and observations are just that- and talking too from actual experience.The food is amazing and no doubt the Restaurant manager and his teams have seen it all before.

I thank them all again. 

The people flow at the buffet is fascinating to me and is the heart of this sea.

Thinking of and wishing for safe travel for all those at Sea - including safe negotiation of all ship buffet's!!.

Love xx

A Great Service

At last the full opportunity to blog. Internet access at Sea while on a ship, is a bit of a mystery. with the ship currently announcing how foggy it is outside every 3 minutes or so ,the internet fog has cleared - along with the help of the Cyber Librarian (brilliant title!!).

So as I write,I am - along with many others - sailing off the coast of Maine USA. With other sea-farer's re-organizing plans due to the impact of the weather,we also have had to re -organise. An extra day at sea plus the "full" internet package gets me "back to blog".

Despite not being on CafeWent - he is never far from my mind - especially now as we are heading to New York,Brooklyn.But,as we slowly and safely meander our way,I also have noted Went's facebook post.

This post tells us that - as he describes - the page has served its purpose. Went has been able to voice opinions,thoughts,reflections and news via this platform. It has been an honor to read it always in the belief of the integrity of it. Went has always liked fresh and new,"change up",shifting gear whilst still "anchored" - excuse the pun - to his over all belief system. I continue to believe in him and therefore respect his decision totally. 

The most important thing as Went has written, is that it has helped him - perhaps find his way/change his path a little more(?) ..(right now the SatNav is doing its superb job finding our way, along with important highly trained and skillful professionals - and a loud fog horn -getting us safely through the cloud.). It has helped many who have read it. And I/we will miss the page.

Went's facebook Community Page has done and given a great service.

..and I state the obvious when I add that I miss him and hope that we see and hear him still,when he is ready for us to see and hear - as Dom also quoted.

Meanwhile I am observing and living life "on deck". Fascinating!!

I have been lucky to visit Canada again - and yesterday Boston US - for the first time.

But more of that in the next blog.

Meanwhile - while at Sea..

I have posted a comment on his page in thanks and support ...and always love.
Thank you Went

Saturday, 26 August 2017


just some #Attitude...

Friday, 25 August 2017

#Legend #CW #DC #Updates

Some #legends #DC #CW updates including a new #CW #Promo before I cross over to #instablogging as able, as I travel. 

Looking forward to the new #CW and especially the #Flash and #Legends,seasons.

..and Went most of all.

Love as Always 


Taken around the time of Comic Con Prison Break Panel and interviews in 2016. 

Went in Michael - A Stunning Portrait