Author Archive for Bob Halstead

The Real Thing

“We want to go Deep Sea Diving in Papua New Guinea”. The lady on the other end of the telephone informed me in a deep Texan drawl. This is terrific, I thought. I was in the early years of running…

I’m Offended by This!

It used to be that people “took offense at”; now people “are offended by.” The first implies that there is choice involved in your reaction to a perceived insult to your person or beliefs. You can ignore the insult —…

Nanny State

My dear mother will be 91 years old this year, the same age as my father when he died two years ago. She lives alone in the family home in England and still looks after herself, and complains that she…

Great Expectations

The reason I am writing this is that, right now – November 2012 – I am sitting on a great dive boat – MV Golden Dawn – after diving some of the World’s Best Dive Sites – eg. Carl’s Ultimate…

The Knife

My previous underwater camera, trusty companion for 22 years of diving deeper for longer, weighed over 15kg out of the water. In its prime it was coupled to a pair of huge Ikelite 150 strobes with rechargeable battery packs. Its…