Well I'm back, although this leave is a bit of a muck-around as I've agreed to go back for the middle week so my opposite number can go to his father's eighty birthday.
His family are having a bit of a clan gathering north of the border, so I said okay when he asked; my father never made it to his eighty but I'm sure we would have had a celebration for it.
All good normal family life.
Something that our political elite don't seem to grasp, with their constant interfering with our lives, creating tension where there has been accord and harmony before.
It's been interesting to see what has caused the biggest debate on board this trip.
Not the state of the ship as she continues to fall to pieces around us from lack of maintenance and investment.
Not the weather, which gave a us a few nights at anchor here and there, or the fact the engineer's side of the ship seemed hotter than our side!
Nor even has it been us starting another New Year with no sign of a pay rise.
It's been Cast Iron's fixation with gay marriage!
Mainly along the lines that with the state of the country and our own standard of living continuing to be eroded. What the hell is our elected leader doing forcing this thru?
Well I'm beginning to think it is Cast Iron's moment of spite, like B-Lair's fox hunting ban, Cameron is doing this out of pure maliciousness.
Instead of facing up to the fact that he (and perhaps Boy George) managed to turn outright victory against the Fruitcake frae Kirkcaldy into coalition with the Lib/Dems.
Which in turn is going to see Cast Iron as a one term wonder PM.
Dave has decided to take it out on those he perceives as responsible for his own failure, his party, the Conservatives. Knowing that gay marriage is probably a bigger booger to the Tories than the EU.
This all goes to show how detached our politicians have become from those that elect them. The sooner we have the right of recall over our MPs, the sooner we might see less of such lunacy as gay marriage and more getting of the country sorted out!
Seeing Chris Huhne hubristic downfall has been a delicious treat, I hope he gets many years of porridge eating at Her Maj's pleasure.
Just a pity all the windmills he promoted didn't topple as easily.
Meanwhile across der Kanal, Frau Merkel's education minister has had her Ph.D revoked for being a cheat!
Perhaps 2013 maybe the year of pricking our political elite's bubble?
Right off to face that overflowing email box, but I think I'll just have another cup of java first; enjoy your day!