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Peter H Bloecker

I am a retired Ex – Teacher and active Blogger on WordPress.

Born in the True North of Germany between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea , where my father and my mother both grew up on small farms, I have always been a Country Boy.

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Pete the Landlubber

Pete was a landlubber who had never set foot on a boat before. He had always dreamed of sailing the seas, but he was afraid of the water and the waves. He lived in a small town near the Danish South Sea, where he worked as a librarian. He spent his days reading books about pirates, explorers, and adventurers who sailed across the oceans and discovered new lands.

One day, he received a letter from his uncle Lars, who lived on the island of Alsen. Lars was a sailor who owned a small boat that could sleep two people. He invited Pete to visit him and learn how to sail and navigate. Pete was both excited and nervous. He wanted to see his uncle and experience sailing, but he was also scared of leaving his comfort zone and facing his fears.

He decided to accept his uncle’s invitation and packed his bags. He took a train to the port of Sonderborg, where he met his uncle. Lars was a tall, burly man with a long beard and a sailor’s cap. He greeted Pete warmly and hugged him.

“Hello, Pete! I’m so glad you came. You’re going to love sailing. It’s the best thing in the world. Come on, let me show you my boat. It’s called the Sea Star. It’s small, but cozy and reliable. It has everything you need for a good voyage.”

Lars led Pete to his boat, which was docked at the pier. Pete followed him nervously, clutching his suitcase. He looked at the boat and felt a surge of anxiety. It was a wooden sailboat with a single mast and a white sail. It looked old and fragile. Pete wondered how it could withstand the wind and the waves.

Lars climbed aboard and helped Pete up. He showed him around the boat, pointing out the different parts and functions. He explained how to steer, how to hoist and lower the sail, how to read the compass and the map, and how to use the radio and the emergency kit. He also showed him the cabin, where there was a small bed, a table, a stove, and a sink.

“This is where we’ll sleep and eat. It’s not much, but it’s enough. You’ll get used to it. Trust me, it’s better than any hotel. There’s nothing like sleeping on a boat, rocking gently with the waves, listening to the sound of the sea.”

Pete nodded politely, but he felt doubtful. He wondered how he would sleep on such a small and shaky bed. He wondered how he would eat on such a tiny and dirty stove. He wondered how he would survive on such a cramped and isolated boat.

Lars noticed Pete’s hesitation and smiled.

“Don’t worry, Pete. I know you’re a landlubber, but you’ll learn to love sailing. It’s not as hard or scary as you think. It’s fun and rewarding. You’ll see the beauty of the sea, the sky, and the islands. You’ll feel the freedom and the adventure. You’ll become a sailor in no time. Just trust me and follow my instructions. I’ll teach you everything you need to know.”

Lars started the engine and untied the ropes. He steered the boat out of the port and into the open sea. He looked at Pete and winked.

“Are you ready, Pete? Let’s go sailing!”

Pete gulped and nodded. He tried to smile, but he felt a knot in his stomach. He wondered what he had gotten himself into. He wondered if he would ever see land again. He wondered if he would ever become a sailor.

He took a deep breath and looked at the horizon. He saw the sun shining, the wind blowing, and the waves splashing. He saw the Sea Star gliding, the sail flapping, and the flag waving. He saw his uncle Lars smiling, singing, and whistling. He saw a new world opening up before him.

He felt a spark of curiosity, a flicker of excitement, and a hint of courage.

He thought to himself: Maybe sailing is not so bad after all. Maybe I can do this. Maybe I can become a sailor.

He decided to give it a try. He decided to learn from his uncle. He decided to enjoy the journey.

He decided to sail the seas.

More about Pete The Landlubber here soon to come …

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This short story is open-ended and can continue in different ways. Here are some possible scenarios for what happens next.

  • Pete and Lars sail to the island of Aero, where they meet some friendly locals and enjoy the scenery and culture. Pete learns more about sailing and navigation from his uncle and from the people on the island. He also makes some new friends and has some fun adventures. He begins to feel more confident and comfortable on the boat and on the sea.
  • Pete and Lars encounter a storm on their way to another island. The wind and the waves become stronger and more dangerous. The boat is damaged and they really get into trouble!
  • Pete has to learn: The Ocean is always right and much more to come here pretty soon …

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Fingal Heads and Kingscliff Cudgen have developed recently significantly! Today we had the chance to re – visit this area across the QLD border into New South Wales, after heavy rainfalls.

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The Fingal Head Lighthouse, located in New South Wales, Australia, has a rich history dating back to the 1860s. The first lighthouse was lit in 1872 to address the dangers posed by reefs and deep waters near the shore. The current lighthouse, completed in 1879, was designed by Colonial architect James Barnett and is the oldest public building in the Tweed Shire¹.

William Arnold was the first lighthouse keeper, assuming his duties on March 30, 1879. He, along with his wife Henrietta and their 11 children, lived at the lighthouse keeper’s residence for 27 years until his retirement on September 1, 1906. The residence was demolished in 1923 when the lighthouse was automated¹.

The lighthouse’s original apparatus was a Chance Bros 4th order Catadioptric fixed lens, illuminated by a two-wick burner. It underwent several upgrades over the years, including conversion to automatic acetylene operation in 1923 and to mains electricity in 1970. In early 2021, it was converted to an LED light source¹.

The life of William Arnold and his family at the Fingal Head Lighthouse would have been one of isolation and responsibility, ensuring the safety of passing ships for over three decades. The foundations of their home still remain as a testament to their long-standing service..

Source: Conversation with Bing, 07/04/2024

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Living at the Fingal Head Lighthouse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Arnold family would have experienced a life of routine, responsibility, and isolation. William Arnold, the first lighthouse keeper, his wife Henrietta, and their 11 children would have had their daily lives shaped by the demands of maintaining the lighthouse.

The duties of a lighthouse keeper were extensive and went beyond simply keeping the light burning. They included cleaning the lens, trimming the wick, refueling the light source, and ensuring that the light’s mechanisms were functioning correctly. The keeper also had to maintain the lighthouse buildings and grounds, which could involve painting, repairs, and gardening³.

The Arnold family would have been relatively self-sufficient, likely growing their own vegetables and possibly keeping livestock. The children would have been educated at home or in a small local school. Social interactions would have been limited to occasional visits from supply ships, other lighthouse keepers, and perhaps members of the nearby community of Fingal Head.

The community of Fingal Head itself has a rich history, with strong cultural and community connections to the Aboriginal people of the area, known as Pooningbah, meaning ‘place of the echidna’⁹. The headland and its surroundings are significant both culturally and environmentally, with efforts to preserve its unique ecology and heritage ongoing.

Overall, the Arnold family’s life at Fingal Head would have been marked by the unique challenges and rewards of lighthouse keeping, set against the backdrop of a close-knit community and the stunning natural beauty of the Australian coastline.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 07/04/2024

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The history of the Byron Bay Lighthouse keepers is as fascinating as the lighthouse itself, which stands as an iconic beacon at Australia’s easternmost point. Constructed between 1899 and 1901, the Cape Byron Lighthouse was designed by Charles Harding and Cecil W. Darley and built by Messrs Mitchell & King⁴.

The first light shone on December 1, 1901, and since then, it has been a vital navigational aid for ships sailing along the east coast of Australia. Initially, the light was generated by burning kerosene, but over the years, it underwent several upgrades, including conversion to electric power and, more recently, to LED lighting³.

Lighthouse keepers played a crucial role in maintaining the light and ensuring it operated smoothly. The site was manned by three keepers until 1959 when it was reduced to two, and the last solo keeper departed in 1989 with the automation of the lighthouse operations³. The keepers lived in Victorian Georgian style cottages, which are now heritage-listed buildings and can be rented out by visitors⁵⁶.

The motto etched on the glass doors of the lighthouse, “Olim periculum nunc salus,” translates from Latin as “Once dangerous now safe,” reflecting the lighthouse’s purpose of guiding ships safely around the treacherous waters of Cape Byron³.

Today, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is not only a functional navigational structure but also a historical site and tourist attraction, offering insights into the lives of the lighthouse keepers who dedicated themselves to the safety of mariners for nearly a century⁴..

Source: Conversation with Bing, 07/04/2024

Updated 7 Apr 2023

Clarence River Lighthouse in Yamba

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Visiting Moreton Island (Moreton Bay of Brisbane)

Cape Moreton Lighthouse

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All the Lighthouses in Australia

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The Southern Cross | Crux

The Southern Cross, also known as Crux, is a prominent constellation in the southern sky and a valuable tool for navigation in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly in the Southern Pacific region. Here’s how you can use the Southern Cross and the Pointers (Alpha and Beta Centauri) for navigation:

  1. Using the Southern Cross:
  • Identify the Southern Cross, which is composed of four bright stars forming a kite shape.
  • Draw an imaginary line from the top star to the bottom star of the cross.
  • Extend this line approximately 4.5 times its length to find the South Celestial Pole (SCP).
  • From the SCP, drop a vertical line to the horizon to locate due south¹.
  1. Using the Pointers:
  • Locate the two bright stars known as the Pointers, which are near the Southern Cross.
  • Draw an imaginary line connecting the Pointers.
  • Extend this line past the Southern Cross to about five times its length toward the southern horizon.
  • The intersection of this line with the horizon indicates due south².
  1. Combining the Southern Cross and the Pointers:
  • Imagine a line connecting the Pointers.
  • Midway along this line, extend another line at a right angle until it meets a line drawn down the long axis of the Southern Cross.
  • The meeting point is the approximate location of the SCP. Drop a vertical line from here to the horizon to find due south¹.

These methods have been used for centuries by navigators and are still useful today for orientation during night-time navigation in the open ocean, especially when modern instruments are not available. The orientation and location of the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) also play a role in navigation, as it is a prominent feature that extends southeastward from the equator through the tropics and into the subtropics, influencing weather patterns and wind fields in the region⁶⁷. Polynesian navigators have historically used these stars and oceanic and atmospheric patterns to voyage across the Pacific Ocean⁸.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 04/03/2024

Northern Hemisphere | Polaris

Polaris, commonly known as the North Star, is a pivotal star in celestial navigation due to its proximity to the north celestial pole. Here’s how it has been used for navigation:

  • Fixed Point: Polaris is almost directly above the Earth’s North Pole, making it a stable point in the sky. This unique position means that while other stars appear to move throughout the night, Polaris remains largely stationary, providing a constant reference point¹.
  • Finding North: Historically, navigators would use Polaris to determine the direction of true north. By locating Polaris, sailors could navigate the seas with greater confidence, especially during long voyages where land was not in sight².
  • Latitude Estimation: The angle between Polaris and the horizon gives an approximation of the observer’s latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. This was crucial for ancient mariners before the advent of modern instruments².
  • Cultural Significance: Beyond navigation, Polaris has held a place of importance in various cultures and mythologies, often symbolizing constancy and guidance due to its seemingly unchanging position in the sky³.

Polaris’s role as the North Star is not permanent due to the precession of the Earth’s axis; however, for the current era, it remains a vital tool for navigation and orientation². Would you like more detailed information on this topic or guidance on how it relates to your upcoming speech?

Source: Conversation with Bing, 04/03/2024

Hopping the Islands in the Baltic Sea

Baltic sailing, particularly around Kiel and Denmark, is a captivating experience. The Danish South Sea, or the Baltic Archipelago, is often referred to as “Our South Sea” by the Danes³. This region is known for its endless sandy beaches, brilliantly white chalk cliffs, countless islands, and small harbor towns with their characteristic colorful houses³.

Sailing and biking tours are popular in this area, offering a unique way to explore the beautiful landscapes³. The Baltic Sea is one of the best cruising grounds in Europe, with stable weather, moderate to light easterly winds in the summer, and no tides⁴. The northern Baltic shores are strewn with rocks, while the southern shores are sandy and shallow⁴.

Whether you’re sailing from Rügen in Germany to Denmark⁵, or exploring the South Danish Archipelago and the German Baltic Sea³, the Baltic sailing experience is truly enchanting. It’s a journey through magnificent world by sailing boat and bike³, making it a must-visit for sailing enthusiasts.

Quelle: Unterhaltung mit Bing, 5.3.2024

More about Ferries and Boats and Bikes around Southern Denmark and North Germany: The annual Kieler-Woche.

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The White Horses

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The Ocean is always right.

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The Winds Of Change

The phrase “some set sails while others build walls” seems to encapsulate the idea that people respond differently to the winds of change. It’s reminiscent of a Chinese proverb: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.” This proverb suggests that we can either resist change and try to block it out, or we can embrace it and use it to our advantage1.

In the context of world politics and general education, this concept could be interpreted as a call for openness and adaptability. In politics, building walls might represent protectionist policies and resistance to global cooperation, while setting sails could symbolize embracing globalization and innovation. In education, especially in literature, it encourages embracing new ideas and perspectives rather than clinging to traditional or outdated viewpoints.

This approach to change is crucial in a world that is constantly evolving, where the ability to adapt and find creative solutions to new challenges is more valuable than ever.

Why Borders anyway?

Immigration has been Migration over the last few hundred years.

Thinking in terms of closed borders and Walls like Donald Trump does is thinking in terms of the Rulers of Ancient China building The Wall.

We don‘t need no Thought Control (Pink Floyd)

The Wall in Berlin (Grenzen) and the Iron Curtain

North Korea and James Bond

Innovation means thinking outside the box …

Stop corruption and stop poverty, and open all the borders and digital passport for every world citizen.

Stop thinking in terms of Fighting and Wars.

No waste of money for any weapons.

All we need is Love (Lennon) and smart moderations.

Tax The Rich | Save our Planet | Education First.

Hope Dies Last!

Who needs a car that drives without a responsible driver?

Apple has withdrawn, others will later as well!

Who wants to fly to Mars except Elon?

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South Pacific, Kimberley and Arctic and more expeditions

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And now the next destinations planned and must travel one day …

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