Sunday, August 2, 2020


American astronauts are due to splash down today after the first crewed NASA-SpaceX mission to the International Space Station. This photo from NASA shows two blue stickers: PORT and STBD. When I was a young boy, taking my first major journey by sea, it was Port Out Starboard Home (POSH) for wealthier travellers, since those were the more comfortable cabins (the origins of POSH are disputed, but not really). So I travelled STBD from the UK to India and beyond. That was on the Canberra, which appears in the Bond movie Diamonds are Forever.

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