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Struan Robertson here. I'm an old guy who spent 50 years of his working life at sea, with another ten years as an airline navigator - when they still used the sun and the stars - even the moon, before all the satellites and sat nav came along. Originally from sheep farms in the West Highlands of Scotland, now I live mostly in London (but now having trouble breathing there!) and Spain.
I've always dabbled at writing, and on retirement, it's my my main occupation. Now finished an autobiography called, 'I TOOK THE HIGH ROAD SOUTH' - a title inspired by Doctor Johnson's advice to native highlanders after his visit there with the Scottish diarist, James Boswell, in 1773.
DOWN MEXICO WAY is a diary I kept in 1991, while on my second session as captain of a Mexican rig (tug & tow) hauling bad grain being 'donated' (dumped) into Mexico by the American government. We loaded it in the Mississippi and the Houston Ship Canal, then shipping it down to Progreso in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico - where a lot of this grain, mostly not good enough even for cattle, ended up in the local shops down there.
This diary is 170,000 word tale of adventure and outrageous incompetence with a mixture of bad luck which conspired to keep me on my toes, running to stand still. It was also often hilarious.
I've written two thrillers as well, with Anne Harling and being a women, she supplied, among other things, the psychological input!. They're called, MURDER UNDER THE SUN (which is an extensive rewrite of an earlier one called The Odd Job Woman). The other thriller is called DEADLY DUPLICITY - and both are set along the southern coastal strip of Spain, heavily inhabited by foreign, mainly British expatriates!
About my tapestry work. Twenty five years of my sea career was as a ship's pilot (on 'n off) on the North Sea, the Baltic and the English Channel, where I spent a lot of time sitting on the bridge of container ships, tankers, bulkers...whatever, waiting for something to go wrong and to pass the time, I'd do tapestries - it wouldn't have been professional to read a book and anyway, with a tapestry, I followed a ritual to look around after each stitch, to see what was going on outside the bridge windows - with other shipping, etc...
Below are photos of a few of them as I've given most of them away - but still had over thirty for a recent exhibition in the Chelsea Arts Club (been a member there for over fifty years) - and these tapestries included a new type done on plastic canvas, seven points to the inch with man made yarns - they can be done quite quickly in bright colours, so nuffin subtle...and among the ones below is one of Jewish women and children entering Auschwitz on their way to certain death, while the Open Door was inspired by the wonderful Duckman cartoons - the others are more or less obvious...


Duckman Escapee
REACHING UP Handsup 01
Handsup 02
Picasso 01 Picasso 02 Picasso 03
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