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Our last day in Portugal, it was midday and our flight was late evening. We had nothing planned and had walked to the nearby harbour at Alvor for lunch. While sitting outside a café I noticed a sign advertising Dolphin spotting trips. My wife went to investigate and booked two seats. My wife’s salad arrived quickly but my pizza took a little longer so I took half with me to eat on the boat. However when I saw the very fast looking semi-rigid we were to use, my stomach lurched and I threw the remainder of the pizza to the fish and seagulls thereby cutting out the middle-man. There were two seats left. One, a centre seat in the stern (the blunt end), the other was a single seat farthest up in the bow (the sharp end). My wife took the stern while the skipper escorted me to the bow, informing me that I had the finest seat in the boat. Why then - I thought, is it the last to be taken! I discovered the reason shortly after leaving the harbour confines when, on meeting the open sea, the skipper opened the throttles. Those at the stern merely skipped the waves whilst I was thrown 12 feet into the air at every wave top. I grasped the handholds with a grip of steel and maintained my manly composure and British stiff upper lip until every muscle in my body ached. I then realised that a more relaxed demeanour was a far better proposition and went with flow so to speak. We found a pod of Dolphins and the skipper’s promise proved true. I had prime position to take pictures whichever side the Dolphins appeared. I took 162 frames just 2 of which I consider to be “keepers” - thank God for digital! We then headed west where the skipper pointed out rock formations and he then opened the throttles full bore for the return trip. By now, I considered myself an old sea dog and, feeling quite cocky, I turned and sat nonchalantly sideways to chat to the pretty girl behind me. Bad move!! I noticed my wife speak to the skipper and suddenly he was throwing the boat left and right at top speed. I maintained a dignified composure (sort of) and turned to face the front once more. There is probably a moral here, the only one I can think of is - if you’re going to flirt, don’t do it where the other half can see you!
I wish you all a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and above all, a Peaceful New Year and Good Light for your cameras.

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