43 years ago

January 22, 2008 -

John Heald

Before I write about anything else and in case I forget I wanted to say thank you for all your comments, I have read each and every one of them. I know you are used to me answering all of them but with me working 16-hour days this week I just do not seem to have the time. I know I have been saying this for some time now but I promise faithfully that I will resume this very important aspect of my blog thingy once I return to the Carnival Freedom on February 9. Until then I want to say a huge thank you for all the kind words of support and please ……………….keep writing.

Well, after a rainy day in Cozumel the late afternoon period was much better and tonight everyone seemed to be in a great mood.

Heidi and I hosted a Bloggers event called Battle of the Sexes which we also opened to the entire ship and eventually we had 500-plus people laughing at the antics of their fellow guests…….it was a great hour of fun.

Then it was showtime. Tonight’s guest entertainer is one of my favorites and not one we usually have working with us in the Caribbean. He joined us in the Med this last year and was a massive hit. His name is Gronway Thom (a Welsh name] and readers who cruise on Princess may have seen him.

What does he do?……………………….well, he is a juggler, a comedian and so very much more. Tonight, the Victoriana Lounge was packed, every seat and viewing spot was taken……………and they ate him up…………..the standing ovation he received was immediate and lasted for what seemed forever. Backstage after the show he was glowing………….just amazed at the responsiveness of the audience and he proclaimed…..as he did last year …..that Carnival audiences were the best of the best……………….and he is right. Here are a few photos of Gronway Thom…………..if you ever see his name ………….make sure you see his show. …………….here are some photos

Gronway Thom

Gronway Thom

Gronway Thom

There is so much more to tell about tonight but it is now 1:35 am and my eyes are as heavy as Sumo wrestlers jockstrap, so it is time for bed. Goodnight and I will write more in the morning.

Good morning………it is 7:51 am and the good news………………..the sun is shinning…………………well………………sort of. There are still big patches of boring cloud but in between them I can see Mr. Blue Sky peeking his head around the door. It certainly looks better and seeing even a glimpse of sun will I am sure have the guests feeling very happy indeed………..maybe even Mr. Mad Conductor will be brave enough to venture outside. The sea however remains rough and as important as sun is, calm seas are just as important to many guests who I am sure would like to spend some time not feeling like they have Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton living in their heads.

In a few minutes I have to get ready for the Morning Show followed by the Bloggers Q & A which will be going out live and then my marriage show this afternoon and of course two shows with my buddy Al Ernst tonight…………more about him later.

First though here is the news.

Cabin ____ – Big screen comment

Mrs _______ came to the desk and stated that she would like to give a comment for the big screen by the main pool. Purser asked for more details Mrs _____ stated that she felt like she is at home as the big screen is always showing the news all the time. Guest stated that she wanted to suggest we play the religious channels or just have morning music and scenery. Guest also wanted to comment on the movie shown last night called “Georgia Rule” which she says contained too much adult material.
Purser advised that purser would document his comments and forward to the relevant department head
Mrs _______ thanked purser and left.

So we are back to this old chestnut again………….showing the news in the morning. Now, to react to one comment is silly and certainly nobody else has registered a negative comment. The news is played just for the early morning and once people start to sit and relax in the sun (if we ever see it) the news is indeed replaced by music and various ambient footage. As for the movie “Georgia Rule” I have to admit I have not seen this film however I will have someone watch this to make sure that there is no adult content that is not appropriate like kissing or holding hands.

Well, 43 years ago today my Mum gave birth to a baby boy. He was cute, cuddly and everyone said he would go on to be something special….a doctor some said……..others thought maybe Prime Minister…………….many suggested he would become an Olympic Athlete………………but they of course were wrong.

Instead he became a wine steward who knew bugger all about wine and then a social host and now spends his life telling jokes about toilets and writing something called a blog…………….yep, its my birthday today. I awoke to cards from the family and Heidi of course and after 5 minutes of birthday fuss it was over…………..and thank goodness for that. I hate fuss, I hate people knowing its my birthday…………..”So why are you telling us then,” I hear you cry?………well I have to do this so I can say thank you to many of the blog regulars who took the time to send me cards and birthday greetings.

Oh by the way, Roberto and Stephanie are getting me something called a My Face page. Apparently My Face is the most popular …………….. ummmmmmmmm …………sharing thing on the internet and a mate of mine suggested that if its good enough for messers Bush and Clinton then I should have a My Face page……………I have no idea what it is and what it is all about.

I tried to look at it on the internet but it is blocked ………..I understand many companies block their employees from these sorts of sites. Strange, I can get into www.pamaleandersonsbigthings.com and www.cruisedirectorsmatingrituals.org and the famous Turkish bath web site My Tube………………..but not My Face.

OK, off to get ready for the morning show………………..43 years old………………. you know what I want for my birthday?………..calm seas and sun…………………. oh………………….and a Bentley.

Cheers

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John and Heidi

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