The quote by TS Elliot threatened to come true last week and may yet do so for one of our number. We were all quite excited to start with – our dear friend and valued member, Mr Brian Lugg, had apparently spotted a report of yet another ship on fire and sinking off the coast of Sharjah. So keen were we to get out there that no-one studied the supposed coordinates very carefully or stopped to think that “Gulf Jockey” is an unlikely name for a vessel even by the standards round here. And that last Tuesday was the first of… Yup you guessed. Oh well– it was a good joke and once we’d got over our mirth we resolved to forgive Brian completely. Once we’ve stitched his limbs back on that is. His neck is probably safe as no-one can reach it.
We didn’t in the end go diving at the weekend although this had nothing to do with imaginary wrecks. The forecast for the weekend was rough on Friday but a bit calmer on Saturday so we opted for a Saturday dive. By the time the weekend rolled around, these predictions had exactly reversed but by then people had made other plans for Friday. Instead three of us spent a couple of hours doing a bit of gardening and rubbish clearing in the yard which looks a bit less of a waste land as a result. We did wonder about a Saturday dive after all but decided against which was a good call as it turned out as the winds were strong all day and the sea looked extremely lumpy off Ajman Beach.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.