People We Met, Stats and Conclusion

Part IV People We Met and the Queen Mary 2 Guest List

There are no strangers here; only friends you have not met. This is in keeping with Ray’s two quotes of the day. One says “Friends are family you choose for yourself while the other on March 1 says, “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.”

Cruise company Cunard sailed its three ships into port together for the first time today to mark the Diamond Jubilee.Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth sailed in single file into Southampton soon after dawn, with a fire tug and a flotilla of small boats welcoming them in.

We met all kinds of people and they are all very nice but we have to make special mentions to some who have touched our hearts. One couple by the name of Tom and Sheila Sheppard from Nova Scotia, we really have to see again especially they live near Kejimkujik National Park which is familiar to us because we visited it while Roger was at Dalhousie University on his residency training.

Then there is Noe and Mely Adan from Sydney, Australia with whom we had quite a few interesting conversation. We could not believe they sent us pictures we can use for this World Cruise book. We have not even thanked them yet as of this writing but we will!

How about Desiree Vallejo Gill? What can we say about this lovely and lively lady who danced with us at Line Dancing? She is so passionate about helping make Queen Mary 2 the best in the world. And the pictures she sent; they are the best!

Some of the staff were particularly nice to us like Brenda Bakula, Juan Ballares (Sous Chef), Lovely Cruz (from PhotoGallery), Renato Galang, Ramiro Lobrin, Santos, Albert Layno (the waiter who was kind enough to make sure we have Lactose-Free milk. Otherwise we would have gotten sick because we are lactose-intolerant.) Then there’s Rajenora J. Patil (Raj) and Fausto Vallejos, both waiters and Juan Felix.

Darius Lucinario, Entertainment Production Staff, Artsiom and Volha, hotel manager David Stephenson as well as Mr. John Duffy, the other hotel manager and Ramiro Lobrin all deserve special mention too. We only had one bad experience and that was from Alvis.

Mennard Ramos, Sous Chef Bulacan was especially good to us. Our favourites from the Pursers’ Office were Mary Ann Austria and Joy. They were very efficient and always with a ready smile. We were also impressed with Jean Marie Zimmerman Culinary Ambassador, Girlie Muega, Jeffrey A. Lorenzo, Buffet Steward Roque Orque, Waiter Adnan Salcin, Assistant Waiter.

Christine from United Kingdom was particularly nice to us, always taking care our clothing labels are hidden where they belong. We had fun dancing the snake dance with her during the Gala Dinner for the World Voyagers. Ah, we could have danced all night then.

The best dancers among the guests are George and Nita Kwan. Their interpretation of the Paso Doble (a lively style of dance modeled after the sound and movement of bullfights) is to die for. We think they are from Toronto so we will be able to get in touch with them after this project is done because they were kind enough to send us their email address.

We admire Nelson Lee from Australia who enjoyed the world cruise just as much as we did despite the fact the wife came in a wheel chair. They did everything we did on this cruise and more. We marvelled at how positive they were for we don’t know if we could have done the same.

Robert and Virginia Mohn from New York were excellent travelling companions for we have many things in common with them. They also sent us excellent pictures for this book. This made us feel how true Ray’s Quote of the Day is “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” even though a World Voyage like this one took 103 days.

We even connected with some of our tour guides but most especially with Zhang Lili who guided us on our climb of the Great Wall of China. Not only did he share a lot of information you can’t gather from readings, he showed us the best place where to take pictures with an excellent view of the Great Wall.

There’s also Linda Mursten and her friend and travelling companion Bonnie with whom we shared many a chat over drinks at both the Captain’s and the officers’ cocktail parties. We also watched some of the entertainment shows together swapping comments and critiques, mainly good ones.

Rita Smith is someone who is not easy to forget. How can we, when she has helped us a number of ways of which she is not even aware of. She has also made us feel at home. And her advice on the best Fish and Chips? We will take that to heart when we go back to England which is sooner than we expected.

Another memorable co-voyagers of ours are Carl and Pamela Thompson who are excellent dancers. They are so helpful in giving us the address of the company in Hong Kong that sells dance gears. And you know what they did in Dubai which we wish we did? They went skiing!

We were also pleasantly surprised with the excellent way Mr. John Duffy, Hotel Manager of Queen Mary 2 handled his job. He acknowledged every suggestion we sent to him like the one thanking him for the excellent way Roy Maghinang, Food and Beverage Supervisor took care of our needs.

We also have to extend our appreciation for Vino Rajputhran, the head waiter who took such great effort to please every body. And Russell, the assistant waiter at the table during the first segment of our voyage served us with aplomb. Raj, our waiter for the last segment of our world voyage was also excellent.

Just before D-Day (Disembarkation Day), we received a notice of the printing of guest list with the names of all full world guests. In keeping with Cunard’s excellent operation, we were asked to print the way our names will be listed. We were also given the choice whether we want our names to appear on the list. And it is the same thing for this book; we wish we could have included all the names of the world voyagers, but of course, not every body wants that and we respect their privacy.

Part III - Life on the Ocean Wave

A. Food, Glorious Food - For People Who Love to Eat

B. Exercise - Be Kind to Your Heart

C. Drinking the Bubbly on QM2

D. Entertainment

E. Children on Board

F. Lecture Enrichment Programs

G. Shopping is Hopping on QM2

H. Pets on Board, Man’s Best Friends

I. Safety On Board

J. Canyon Ranch Spa Club on QM2

K. Medical Matters

Part IV. People We Met and the Queen Mary 2 Guest List

Part V. People Helping People

Part V. People Helping People

Make Children Smile ProjectIn Brazil on January 25, some of us went to visit the Fazendo Crianca Sorrir Project translated as “make children smile”. It is a kindergarten located in the Ilha Do Governador Neighbourhood that looks after children from four months to seven years old. Their families are very poor and need to work, but they do not have anywhere to leave their children so the aim of the project and its volunteers is to provide a safe and clean place where the children can be looked after.

Many of these children do not have parents and live with their closest relatives; indeed some of them actually live in the kindergarten after being adopted by the coordinators. The creche currently looks after 42 children and 15 youths and has school support classes in the afternoons.

The project has a waiting list of 120 children and is supported by various partnerships. The volunteers play a vital role in the development of these children, assisting with the day to day tasks of encouraging recreational activities, helping them with eating, cleaning, providing school support classes and encouraging the teenagers to participate in sport activities.

In order to continue supporting these children, the Project has decided to look for institutional support as the goal is to provide the children with a kindergarten that has a larger range of activities, improved teaching facilities and a library. This is where success is measured in terms of effort and determination.

Evelyn wished she lived there for she could volunteer to be one of the teachers. From her experience of teaching from Grades 1 to 12 all the way to the university, she could teach just about anything, except Music. Psst! Don’t tell anyone. It’s because she can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

SOS Children’s VillageSome of us had the unique opportunity to witness the great and worthwhile work of the SOS Children’s Village Organization on January 28. This is an independent, non-governmental social development organization that works to meet the needs and protects the rights of children without parental care, providing a family-based care system that continues until adulthood.

Families are built for children in need, so every child can belong to a family, where they can grow up loved and sheltered. The village is located on the outskirts of Montevideo about ten miles to the east of the city. At the time of writing, this is home to 85 children and youngsters.

They live as 14 families, each in its own house. The village also includes the home of the village director communal hall and a gym. Those who visited this village joined in the children’s activities including gardening, painting, baking cookies and handcrafting.

The Prince’s TrustIt is not all fun and games; we think of other people too. Led by Queen Mary 2 who, with Cunard Line is proud to be in partnership with youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, helping to raise vital funds to change the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. The Prince’s Trust gives young people practical and financial support, developing key work place skills such as confidence and motivation.

It works with 14 - 30 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. All proceeds from February 2 Nautical Chart Auction went to the Prince’s Trust Charity. So were the proceeds from April 24 Nautical Chart Auction.

Charity Fundraising: Australian Flood ReliefA charity auction was held on February 16 to aid the victims of the Australian floods. Proceeds from the auction were donated directly to the Salvation Army’s relief effort that would focus on families who were badly affected in the area of Brisbane and also to help families with disabled children.

Funds were also donated directly to The Children‘s Charity, in order to replace vital equipment lost or damaged in the Queensland Floods. This equipment makes an enormous difference to the children and the families that support them.

Donations for the auction included a Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 which was donated by Peter Shanks, the managing director and president of Cunard. Fund raising partner and fellow guest Bruce donated a five-night stay in a marvellous Whitsunday Islands’ holiday home.

The other donations are: a four-night stay at a luxury apartment near Kensington Palace in London, seven nights in a private holiday Noosa Parade apartment in Australia, one month (January 2012) rental of a luxury holiday apartment in Sarasota Beach, Florida Keys worth $13,000.

And there were more like so: Captain‘s Uniform Formal Jacket, noon whistle blowing from the bridge and Capetown aerial sail-out photograph signed by the Senior Officers, navigational chart used for the Capetown to Sydney sector (signed by the captain and Bridge officers), QM2 Plaque & “Boxing Kangaroo“ Australia flag (signed by the Captain).

Wait! Here are more donations: QM2 Coffee Table Book and two Inaugural Set Up Team Leather Jackets, bottle of Johnnie Walker Green Label and an Empire Casino package worth $100, Walsall Football Club Executive Box for 10 people - for one match, Hot stone Massage and Aquatherapy Day Pass, and noon whistle blowing from the Bridge for two guests.

There were also many exclusive items donated from the facilities on board Queen Mary 2. Any guests who wished to donate items for the auction or make direct monetary donations to this charity were encouraged to do so at the Purser’s desk.

Guess how much the auction raised for the Australian Flood Relief Fund? It is a whopping US$25,550. We love this combination of having fun and travelling and not forgetting other people’s needs. At this point, the Purser’s office was still open for donations.

Then it was announced there would be Silent Auction for the Australian Flood Relief Fund on February 20 and 21. They set up a table with the items so the guests were able to view them and bid for any item. QM2 thanked the guests for participating in this worthy endeavor. So at the end the total amount raised was $27,015.00 which would go directly to the families badly affected by the floods.

The guests were also invited to make a donation in return for a dedication in the Valentine’s Day Daily Programme on February 14. A donation of $100 would give one the right to have a Valentine’s dedication to a loved one of up to 30 words to appear on page 2 with a headline. Should there be a need for a higher profile dedication, the guests could make larger donations to the Australian Relief Fund. The highest bidders would have their dedications on the front page.

Christchurch Earthquake Relief FundWe were reminded that any guests wishing to make donations to this charity may do so at the Purser’s Office, located at the Grand Lobby on Deck 2. What a lovely thing this is to think of other people’s needs for as Ray’s Quote of the day said, “We make a living from what we get, we make a life from what we give.”

Cunard’s long tradition to support a number of charities during a world voyage and this one is no exception. Guests and crew donated time and talent in different ways to help raise funds for the designated charities. As a summary, here are Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Charities:

1. Australian Flood Relief2. Christchurck Earthquake Appeal3. Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund4. Gawad Kalinga (a housing development project for the underprivileged in the Philippines which Cunard has supported for many years.)

To get ready for the Charity Fayre, details were announced ahead of time. It would be an afternoon of fun and frivolity at the Queens Room which was converted into a traditional English Country Fayre. Some stalls on previous years were Second Hand Rose (the sale of pre-loved clothes and accessories), Crew Shop (sale of hats, t-shirts and logos usually available only to crew), Raffles as Entertainment Staff for the Day, Guess the Weight of the Cake and Sporting Arena (golf putting, darts and many more).

What could the guests do to help? If we had excess luggage, we could donate some clothing that do not fit as well as when we came on board to make room in the luggage. We just had to label them as intended for the Charity Fayre and they would be sold at the Second Hand Rose. We were reminded that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

We had some success that due to the events throughout Queen Mary 2’s World Voyage, the total money raised so far was $28,738.00. Some of the money-raising events held were the charity auction, the silent auction and the Crew Tug of War.

Epilepsy Research UKFrank and Christine Shaylor on behalf of Alex Shaylor’s Memorial Fund spoke of their son’s epilepsy and how he died two years ago. They set up a memorial fund in his honour managed by Epilepsy Research and Cunard agreed to have them hold a fund-raising event in the form of a silent auction of a copy of the Queen’s Speech signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

The other event is a Donation Raffle for a bottle of House of Lords Whisky signed by Baroness Thatcher and a bottle of Speaker’s Whisky signed by the Prime Minister David Cameron. Anyone interested can sign a donation form at the Purser’s Desk.

Charity Craft SessionAll were invited to join fellow guests Diane and Cindy in the Chelsea Room to make beaded eyeglass holders and bracelets to sell at the World Voyage Charity Fayre. Materials were provided.

The Crew Charity Tug O’ War was held on March 4. It is an annual event that is a fiercely contested crew activity. The guests supported the event by cheering them on and making donations for the World Voyage charities. We don’t remember who won but that was not the name of the game.

Part III - Life on the Ocean Wave

A. Food, Glorious Food - For People Who Love to Eat

B. Exercise - Be Kind to Your Heart

C. Drinking the Bubbly on QM2

D. Entertainment

E. Children on Board

F. Lecture Enrichment Programs

G. Shopping is Hopping on QM2

H. Pets on Board, Man’s Best Friends

I. Safety On Board

J. Canyon Ranch Spa Club on QM2

K. Medical Matters

Part IV. People We Met and the Queen Mary 2 Guest List

Part V. People Helping People

Part VI Queen Mary 2 Statistics Nautical Facts We Learned From This World Voyage

Here are some Cunard Firsts:

Over the last 170 years, Cunard has stayed true to Sir Samuel’s principle of safety over speed but despite this Cunard garnered many firsts”

In 1847, the America, Niagara, Europa and Canada became the first ships to use navigational lights at night: red light on the port side; a green light on the starboard green and white on the foremasthead.

The Parthia Evening Post of September 11, 1882 is the first known example of a ship‘s newspaper informing guests of activities and events throughout the voyage.

In 1903, the Lucania published the first daily news bulletin at sea. The front page headline of Issue 1 was ‘Senor Marconi on Board‘.

The Franconia in 1911 was the world’s first to have a gymnasium. Passengers also enjoyed a Verandah Café and sundeck for the first time. She was the first large liner to have hot and cold water in every cabin.

In January 1923 (1922 in other research material), the Laconia set out on the first ever World Cruise, a tradition continued wholeheartedly by Queen Mary 2 as we went on this World Voyage.

In 1934, the Queen Mary was the first international passenger ship to be launched by a member of the Royal Family. It was also the first launch that was broadcast on radio.

Queen Mary 2 is a ship of many firsts, including the first floating Planetarium (with virtual reality rides through the galaxies), the longest jogging track at sea, the largest dance floor and ballroom (7.5 meters by 13 meters) at sea, University of Oxford’s cultural academy, and many more. The Queen Mary 2 signs near her funnel are the largest illuminated ship’s name signs in maritime history.

We learned some more interesting facts about Queen Mary 2:

1. Queen Mary 2 has two traditional ’Typhon’ style whistles located at the forward end of the funnel. The starboard side whistle is an original from RMS Queen Mary which was mounted on that ship’s middle funnel. The two whistles sound a characteristic deep bass ’A’ note that can be heard ten miles away.

2. At 1,132 feet long. Queen Mary 2 is five times longer than the Cunard’s first ship, Britannia (about 230 feet), longer than 41 London buses and only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building which is 1,248 foot tall, as long as four football fields in length, and as long as the length of three Broadway blocks.

3. On board Queen Mary 2 are 1550 miles of electric cable, 80,000 lighting points, 3000 telephones, 8800 loud speakers, and 280,000 square yards of fitted carpets.

4. Queen Mary 2 is twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall (550 feet), 147 feet longer than the Eifel Tower is tall (984 feet), more than 3.5 times as long as Big Ben (Westminster Tower) is high (310 feet), and more than three times as long as St. Paul’s Cathedral (366 feet).

5. For the construction of Queen Mary 2, some 300,000 pieces of steel were cut and welded into blocks in specialised workshops. Her hull is made up of 94 steel blocks, some of which weigh more than 600 tons. Her hull weighs 50,000 tons (more than a school of 330 blue whales). This is not to be confused with her gross tonnage, which is 151,400.

Here are some technical details on Queen Mary 2: Queen Mary 2’s power plant comprises both four marine diesel engines generating a combined 67,200 kW (90,100 hp) at 514 rpm, as well as two electric and gas turbines which together provide a further 50,000 kW (67,000 hp).

Such a combined arrangement, known as CODAG (combined diesel and gas turbine), provides for economical cruising at low speed combined with an ability to sustain much higher speeds when required, and has been common in naval vessels for some time. Queen Mary 2 is the first passenger ship to feature CODAG propulsion.

Thrust is provided by four Rolls-Royce Mermaid podded propulsion units, each featuring one forward-facing low-vibration Kamewa propeller with separately bolted blades (Queen Mary 2 carries 8 spare blades on the foredeck, immediately forward of the bridge screen). The forward pair is fixed, but the aft pair can rotate through 360 degrees, obviating the need for a rudder.

Do you want some more statistics on QM2?

On Board Queen Mary 2 (From the Daily Program) There are: *1550 miles of electric cables* 310 miles of ducts, mains and pipes* 2000 bathrooms* 80,000 lighting points* 280,000 square yards of fitted carpets* 144,000 square yards of insulating material* 3800 square yards of galleys* more than 2500 windows and portholes* 3000 telephones* 8800 loudspeakers* 5000 stairs* 5000 fire detectors* 1100 fire doors* 8350 automatic extinguishers* 16 polyethylene mooring ropes of 220 meters in length and two 200 meter steel towlines.And* Painters have covered an area of 370,000 square yards using 250 tons of paint.* She measures 237 feet (72 meters) from keel to funnel top, making it the tallest ship. She is also the biggest at 151,400 tons, the longest at 342 meters, the widest at 135 feet and the most expensive built at €540 million euros or at the last conversion we did was equivalent to 697.788 million US dollars

* With her stern against the Empire State Building, RMS Queen Mary 2 would reach along Fifth Avenue to beyond 38th Street (over four city blocks).* Her power plant produces sufficient electricity to light a city the size of Southampton (population 200,000).* Her whistle is audible for ten miles.* RMS Queen Mary 2 can accommodate a fleet of 600 London buses within her 3.5 acres.* RMS Queen Mary 2 could carry 130 Britannias (Cunard’s first ship) within her immense structure.

So who started all these Cunard’s stuffs? It’s none other than Sir Samuel Cunard who in 1839 established The British North American Royal Mail Stream to carry Royal Mail to the US and Canada. As a boy, he loved watching the ships bringing mail from Europe tie up in the busy port of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

When as a successful middle-aged merchant on a visit to Europe, he experienced the speed and efficiency of the steam engine, it set him dreaming of an ocean railway. In 1838, he read a newspaper advertisement placed by the British Admiralty for a fortnightly Atlantic mail service; less than three months later, he won the contract.

In partnership with engineer Robert Napier and businessmen George Burns, James Burns and David McIver, Samuel Cunard founded his company in Glasgow, and built a fleet of four ships. When the Britannia swung out of Dock in Liverpool, on July 4, 1840, one of the world’s greatest fleets was born.

Her crossing of the Atlantic in a fortnight marked a revolution in communication in an era when the mail could take six weeks, as the wooden steamer paddle was capable of speeding at nine knots. Samuel was given a baronetcy by Queen Victoria in 1859 in recognition of his company’s service in the Crimean War - a service repeated in times of war on many occasions since. Having become a permanent resident of London, Sir Samuel died on April 28, 1865 and is buried there in Brompton Road Cemetery. His name lives on as the most famous shipping name of them all.

We learned a lot of nautical facts and terms on this journey because Queen Mary 2 made sure there is at least one nautical fact of the day in the Daily Programme. In January, for instance, we learned about ensign, the difference between land miles and sea mile, pilot, port and starboard, flags, straight line, crossing the line , stabilisers, tonnage, sextant, bolvous, nautical charts, anchor, fathom, waves, and plimsoll mark.

In addition, also in January, we learned what it means by the following nautical terms. Of course we were expected to know by this time where the “bow” (front) is and “stern” (back) is and where the closest “head” (toilet) is. We should also know whether the ship is “rolling” (side to side movement) or “pitching” (up and down movement). Here are a few more:

Binnacle - The housing for a magnetic compass

Gunwale ( Gunnel) - The lowest railing or ledge above the waterline

Boot Top - A stripe of paint applied to the hull at the waterline

Fo’c’s’le - Inside the forward part of the ship under the foredeck

League - A distance measurement equal to three nautical miles

Midships - The middle of the ship and usually the widest point

Boatswain (Bosun) - Sailor in charge of the deck crew, a “jack-of-all-trades”.

Freeboard - The part of the ship’s hull from the waterline to the gunwale

Avast - A command to stop or cease

By February, we learned about son of a gun, knot, salinity, sea water, atlasses of the sea, league, chart, radar, the Indian Ocean, miles and miles, pilot, types of charts, weather routing, mate, ships’ flags and elaborations on stabilisers, ensign, port and starboard, sextant, anchor, plimsoll mark, bulbous bows, fathom, and waves.

Here are what we learned in March: gyro compass, nautical terms, nautical mile, sea water. There were also more explanations on sextant, straight line, bulbous bows, crossing the line, pilot, mate, fathom, charts, anchor, weather routing, knot, plimsoll mark, radar, stabiliser, waves, nautical chart, port side, and Indian Ocean.

You would think that as we were getting near the end of the world cruise in April, we would know them all by now because we met the terms before but no, there were additional information for each one of the following: weather routing, flags, waves, ensign, radar, sextant, sea water, pilot, port and starboard, stabiliser, anchor, bulbous bows, nautical charts, plimsoll mark, miles and miles. Boy, QM2 never gave up on educating us.

Conclusion: Our Last WordsIt’s been quite a journey. And as we came to the end of this trip we agreed with Ray’s Quote of the Day, “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

As for tipping, we were told that world voyagers did not have to tip but we were uncomfortable with this so we also tipped different people who helped us a lot but nowhere near the $10 - $12 standard for per person, per day or it would have cost us over $2000.00.

We found we can live in harmony with all kinds of people and the world around us. While the past could bring us lovely memories, the present could just be as lovely. And the future? Who cares what it brings, for we know everything is going to be okay anyway. What we only know for now is that this is going to be a long goodbye.

And far from being traumatized by all the challenges we encountered and survived, we went ahead and planned for the next world cruise, for the good life that God provided for us, just got a whole lot better. But it’s time to get packed and found once again the large bag we brought was not big enough so we must remember that bags are stuffs you can put things in, when we next shop for one.

We fell in love with every place we saw. And it was quite a surprise to know we were comfortable in every port we visited for it was not so before we embarked on the world voyage. Perhaps it was because Queen Mary 2 was always there waiting for us at the dock to welcome us back. At the end, we were pleasantly surprised to find the ship’s operation so quiet with hardly a vibration even when going at top speed in bad weather.

The world cruise was full of unforgettable moments, each day a terrific one that is still etched in our mind. Can you blame us for wanting to do it again? It was pure joy from start to finish. It was like sampling a box of chocolates; the more you eat, well, we will let you finish that. But was it the trip of a lifetime? Oh yes. And there’s so much more to see in this world!

We must confess though that after 23 countries, 32 ports of call and six continents, we were ready to go to our other home to face the reality of the income tax and the mountain of mail that were surely waiting for us. The mail would be a challenge that will equal what we faced during the world cruise for we just don’t open the mail, we process each and every one of them. No, we are not OCD; we just want to face our responsibilities square on.

Here’s another confession. Now that we have cruised all around the world, we find this will tickle us for the rest of our life. It certainly changed us forever. Seeing the brilliant morning sunshine in Auckland, the glorious sunset in Guam and all the spectacular scenery our eyes feasted on, made our hearts stand still, waking up part of us, sending us to the new world beyond. Now we are self-proclaimed cruise junkies.

It is extremely easy to relax on Queen Mary 2, not the zoned-out kind of taking it easy but the good type that warms the body and fires up the mind. It’s the kind that made us forget our pin numbers and passwords. Oh, oh, how can we enter our condo now that we have forgotten our code? Yikes! We also don’t know where our watches are now for all we think about is to figure out when we can come back.

We are sorry though to have made this project so long but exacting is the way we approach any endeavour we undertake. We believe that if we do not do the best we can with any project, why should we bother to do it at all? Besides, having been able to manoeuvre through life this way, life has turned out well.