Shame about the site, but go and see the gorgeous, steel-hulled, 3-masted Belem from Nantes if you’re down on the Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona harbour. It’s infinitely preferable to all the white cuboids being refitted in dry dock further up.
The Belem counts among previous owners the 2nd Duke of Westminster who, while not as wealthy as Abramovich, had superior taste in boats and girlfriends. Still, it’s impossible not to feel a vague sense of admiration for someone whose first instincts on becoming ridiculously wealthy are to buy a football team and then pop round the corner to Dixons and order a gigantic floating fridge for the beers.
- General strike, July 15
The usuals are flooding us with mail calling on us to halt work in Spain next month in order to remind politicians that it is their solemn duty to provide each and every one of us with a mansion, a fast car, and a ready-rolled joint. Bet that strikes terror into the Chinese.
- New Abramovich yacht pictures
He’s got bath in his boat and I’ve got a boat in my bath, so I can’t really see why the world’s media only wants to interview Roman Abramovich. Anyway, here are some more photos (previous post) which I have received of the Pelorus undergoing what look like hull rib repairs, this time in Malta, …
- Evan more Abramovich yacht pictures
In an update, even more Pelorus boato-photos here. This is getting ridiculous, because there’s a rumour going round that the guy may be going to use Le Grand Bleu (354′) as a frigging supply vessel for the Pelorus (377′). The latter is apparently now heading back to Monte Carlo, which will cheer up Shirley Bassey no …
- Patron saint of Barcelona swapped because of climate change?
When the original cathedral was consecrated in 1058, it was dedicated to the Holy Cross and to St Eulalia, who on February 12 303 was put in a barrel lined with knives or glass, rolled down the hill out of Roman Barcelona, and unbreasted, crucified and decapitated near one of my favourite bars, whereupon a …