Firstly, no I'm not dead or missing. I've been busy mostly with full time unemployment for the past few months. Retook the bridge simulator course back in October with no success. Managed to get a weeks work serving food to passengers on P&O Ferries Pride Of Canterbury, then not much since. However today comes great news. I retook my Orals exam at the Cardiff Marine Office and I passed! It's a big hurdle that I've overcome and believe me it wasn't easy. Now only one thing left before I will be qualified as an Officer Of the Watch, that blasted bridge simulator. Well that's it for now, thought I'd share the good news.