Degrees of separation

I have talked about this before. Discovering that in Tromso the yard manager’s father had built and owned Norbu (the ship in which I first went to sea in 1966); learning that 3 friends of mine from unrelated corners of my past life were all cruising together this year in Big Jim’s boat; stumbling across “Mischief” in Palma – all these events make me wonder whether I’m not spiralling down in some Coriolis pool, or into a black hole. Either way, I am finding uncanny cross-references everywhere.

Yesterday, on the 2 hour ferry trip across to Morocco, I took my new iPhone for a run to research the origins of the Berber people. To my astonishment I learned that with mitochondrial DNA analysis, anthropological geneticists have discovered that the Berbers of Morocco and the Saami folk of the Arctic tundra are very closely related. I thought of that lovely Saami woman I met in Honningsvag and marvel that here in Africa she has such close genetic links with the ancient Berbers.

How did that happen, I wonder?


Arctic Norway



4 thoughts on “Degrees of separation

  1. Josephine Ryan Jaworsky
    December 23, 2014 at 18:54

    Bart, Josephine and Tolly are sitting around the dinner table (over a decent red) looking at the Atlantic weather information and deciding you picked a very good time to leave.
    Hope it is a good long beam reach.
    Bye from rainy Hobart.

    1. March 14, 2015 at 10:53

      Jo, please tell Bart that Ian and I raised a glass (just a small one) to lovely Shirley Ryan, in the middle of the Sargasso Sea. Now we are in Trinidad, heading west. I hope things are well in your corner – here they’re tolerable. Missing Shirley, but.


  2. Max
    October 11, 2014 at 06:22

    Hey, I am missing that bit of the story on your buying alcohol on the black market of Tetouan!

    1. October 13, 2014 at 08:41

      Just be patient will you, Maxine. It’s coming!

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