Monday, March 23, 2009

Here Come Da Judge!

Today, I accepted an invitation to be a photo judge for the
Northwest Dive & Travel Expo 2009 Photo and Video Competition.

Northwest Dive & Travel Expo
April 24-26, 2009
Tacoma Convention Center

This is the largest consumer diving and travel show in the Pacific Northwest! If you think your photos are awesome, follow this link:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

International Year of the Shark!

… was inspired by the finding that at the current rate, common shark species will be extinct in 10 to 15 years. In large regions, species that were once numerous have fallen to 1% of their original numbers. Studies of open ocean sharks estimate 80 to 90% of heavily fished species are gone. Yet these intelligent animals, also called the “Wolves of the Sea” are still fished intensively, and finned for “shark fin soup.” The oceans have evolved over hundreds of millions of years with sharks as apex predators, so their loss will destroy oceanic health.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Is it just me?

...or has anyone else noticed that sea monsters all seem to have a remarkably predictable attack plan?

Monday, March 16, 2009

The arch-enchanters wand!

Today, my application as a "Professional" category member of the “Professional Writers of Canada” was accepted!

On this auspicious occasion we shall regale you with The Cardinal's line in Act II, scene II from the 1839 play, Richelieu; or the Conspiracy
True, This! -
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! - itself a nothing! -
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! - Take away the sword -
States can be saved without it!

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am my father's son...

March 13, 2009 would have been my Dad's 71st birthday.

Unfortunately, Gerald Duane Britnell passed away when he was just 58 years young. If he were still alive, I know that we would be having a drink together. So tonight on the eve of what would have been his birthday... his son raised a glass in his honour. I miss him...

"If there when Grace dances, I should dance. " ~ W.H.Auden

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

BC Association of Travel Writers

I am now a full-fledged member of the “BC Association of Travel Writers.”

And so… the journey continues! Here's the link to my BCATW site

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Internet Chatter

Always nice to come across some random comments about our recent dive show presentations.
The following was posted on


February 25, 2009
our world underwater
Filed under: Trip Reports — second_stage @ 12:14 pm

I definitely got my fill of the seminars, some very good and others more overtly commercial. Some of my best picks were the The Shipwrecked Whalebacks by Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, and a couple by Jett Britnell about diving in British Columbia: Emerald Sea Jewel (about diving in Browning Pass) and Tropical Splendor In A Cold Sea (about the Emerald Sea in general). Up to that point I knew nothing about diving in British Columbia, and his seminars were a pretty nice introduction.