Costa Concordia Salvage Operation To Begin Monday September 15, 2013

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a “perfect” end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. Shortly after 4 a.m. September 17th 2013), a […]

Parbuckling the Concordia

It’s now official, to be confirmed on the 15th  ,  if the weather is favorable and all activities have been tested.  On Monday September 16th 2013, they will proceed with the operation the “parbuckling” of the Concordia. We pray that this project will proceed with safety and that the two remaining bodies will be returned to their […]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Calgary Floods 2013

It has been intriguing to realize the similarity and intensity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,  which has become spoken about by many of the victims of the recent Calgary floods.  I met a couple last week who have tragically lost their beautiful home and most of the lifetime possessions. Can one compare one man’s trauma to […]

Refloating The Costa Concordia

As time draws near to the proposed date for the refloating of the Costa Concordia, there is more fear and trepidation being expressed by locals on the Island of Giglio.  The smallest mistake in refloating the crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship will sink it, creating an environmental disaster.  An announcement is expected to be made […]


I received a link today, to a recent video that has been created by the islanders of Giglio to promote tourism. It is truly a shame that this accident has caused so much devastation on the island. Tourism which is their main source of income and largest industry has taken a huge turn since the […]

My Blog

This morning I listened to BBC interview with Rose Metcalf. I clearly remember the first day I met with my trusted ‘Book Mentor’ Bob Bannon. Bob rightly discussed with me that there were 4200 people on the Costa Concordia and each one will have a different story. Bob, you are so right! It is intriguing […]

International Cruise Victims Association

Our friends we had met on day two over dinner were waiting for us at the bus, displaying their sheer pleasure of the riches of Rome. We drove back expressing moods of exhilaration and excitement, boarded the ship, met for drinks and were enjoying our evening wine over dinner at 9.30 when the first sounds […]

Removal of the shipwreck begins today.

Today begins the eventual removal of this wreck off the Island of Giglio.Our thoughts are with our friends and rescuer’ as we hope for a safe and eventual removal of the Costa Concordia and a start to a new beginning. May you be blessed with the courage and support that it will take, to one […]

This Land Was Made For You And Me

A speaking colleague and dear friend, Tina Varughese invited me to write a guest blog and insert for a book she is completing. She is an amazing and very prominent and topical speaker on diversity and inclusion. My heart lives two worlds, as an immigrant, an ex-South African, you will understand a little more of who I […]