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A cat on the environment, EU and other matters

It has been several months since Marine Café Blog last had a chat with Frankie the Philosopher Cat. Although he didn’t have his favourite smoked oysters for lunch today, he was not, thankfully, more grumpy than usual. He was lounging about in the garden, looking a bit contemplative. Here’s how our conversation went: Total Share: 6113100

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A cat’s view of Christmas and things maritime

It’s been more than seven months since our last interview with Frankie the Philosopher Cat. What better time to chat with him again than at Christmastime in Manila? ‘Tis the season to be jolly – a time for brushing aside the problems which bedevil the maritime industry and make some folks age faster than they can make money. Total Share: […]

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Five Filipino maritime illusions dispelled

“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality,” wrote the English writer Virginia Woolf. Quite true, but the maritime illusions which many Filipinos harbour need to be killed. Such phantoms are not only a source of false national pride. They bedazzle the mind and blind Filipinos to reality, making it more difficult for them to change things […]

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The maritime herd mentality rules

Shipping is not any more conformist than other industries. But the herd mentality amongst maritime folks is so perceptible we are reminded of Friedrich Nietzche’s observation in his philosophical novel, Thus Spake Zarathustra: “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.” Total Share: 8122201

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