Great quotes about solitude for today’s maritime world

Great quotes about solitude for today’s maritime world

“All the unhappiness of men,” wrote Blase Pascal, the 17th-century French philosopher, “arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.” The statement rings true especially in today’s hyperconnected world. Many people hate to be alone. They feel a constant need to be in the company of others, even if only virtually through their smartphones and social media.

How fares the shipping world in observing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

How fares the shipping world in observing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). is the foundational document for all human rights laws, including ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Any discussion on the rights of seafarers and other maritime workers must hark back to it. So how has the shipping world fared in observing its tenets?

Love across the sea: Two exquisite songs you will adore

Love across the sea: Two exquisite songs you will adore

“They don’t make them like they used to.” The clichéd expression does not only apply to consumer goods. It is true as well for modern-day love songs, many of which are full of platitudes and paltry emotions. In contrast, the romantic ballads of old usually told a narrative and often used poetic language.

The modernist marine paintings of Anita Malfatti

The modernist marine paintings of Anita Malfatti

Anita Malfatti occupies a special place in the history of Brazilian art. She was the first Brazilian painter to introduce Modernism to Brazil. In a country so used to old forms of realistic art, she ushered in the brave new world of Expressionism, defined by Tate UK as “art in which the image of reality is distorted in order to make it expessive of the artist’s inner feelings or ideas”.

10 golden quotes about retirement for maritime folks

10 golden quotes about retirement for maritime folks

Retirement can be tough on body and spirit. To be cut off from the workaday world and former colleagues can be jarring. It can usher in a period of loneliness, stress and anxiety. For some folks, however, to retire is to embark on a new voyage in calmer seas. It is a time of personal freedom, peace and self-fulfillment.

A poem about an old salt: Telling it like it is

A poem about an old salt: Telling it like it is

It does not have the dramatic flair of Ezra Pound’s translation of The Seafarer nor the lyricism of John Masefield’s Sea-Fever. Yet, The Indifferent Mariner by American poet Arthur Macy (1842-1904) is compelling in its own right. Consisting of seven stanzas of four lines each, the poem paints an unvarnished portrait of a mariner.

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