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Dive into Regaldive’s world of savings & win a holiday to Gozo

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With just a few days to go until the London International Dive Show (LIDS), UK-based diving holiday specialist Regaldive is gearing up for an exciting weekend at Excel with a holiday to Gozo up for grabs, as well as tempting worldwide special offers, many available now.

Visitors to the Regaldive stand 412 at LIDS can enter a prize draw to win a holiday for two people the beautiful Maltese Island of Gozo. The prize consists of two return flights from London Heathrow to Malta courtesy of Air Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority, transfers, seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation for two people sharing a double / twin room at the lovely St. Patricks Hotel in Xlendi, Gozo, ten dives with St. Andrew’s Divers Cove and a sightseeing tour of the Islands.

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Further afield, divers looking to maximise their diving on a liveaboard holiday can benefit from some massive savings including up to 40% off last minute trips aboard S/Y Fiji Siren. Regaldive is offering savings of £1,150pp on the ten night Beyond the Bligh itinerary departing on 19 February 2015, whilst a seven night trip on 2 March 2015 is discounted by £831pp to just £1,246pp. This boat only package includes seven or ten nights on a full board basis, diving (three to four boat dives per day), rental equipment, air/nitrox tanks and weights. Flights are not included but can be arranged by Regaldive. Up to 40% savings are also available on selected trips aboard S/Y Truk Siren.

Divers can also save on other ‘trip of a lifetime’ liveaboard holidays including up to £500pp off Galapagos liveaboards and up to £500pp on Indonesian liveaboards including the stunning sailing yacht Dewi Nusantara. Divers booking on the last few 2015 spaces aboard this luxurious vessel can also qualify for free Nitrox, worth $200pp per trip.

Closer to home, Regaldive’s Red Sea holidays continue to offer the perfect combination of great value for money twinned with guaranteed great diving. Seven night trips aboard the popular Red Sea liveaboard M/Y Asmaa start from just £799 per person, including return flights, transfers, full board accommodation, six days’ diving, air/nitrox tanks (two free nitrox fills per day), weights and MP fees.

Divers looking for land-based diving can benefit from boat diving for just £26 per day in El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh, and £29 per day in Marsa Alam and Hamata. This great value offer is available when booking with Regaldive for diving with Emperor Divers at any time during 2015. No date exclusions apply but diving must be booked by 27 February 2015. Divers can also benefit from a choice of half price diving deals on offer at other Red Sea resorts on selected departure dates.

Finally, the 2015 LIDS show will also be the first time that Regaldive host the Grenada Tourism Authority on their stand. Grenada and Carriacou experts will be on hand on stand 412 throughout the weekend to share their destination knowledge, diving tips and a number of exclusive show offers for holidays to the Spice Island of the Caribbean. Divers booking with Regaldive on the show weekend and before 27 February 2015 can save up to more than £300pp on Grenada diving holidays and benefit from free and half price diving deals, as well as free nights at selected hotels.

For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Long Beach at night (Watch Video)

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Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Longbeach is a shallow shore dive close to the coastal town of Simonstown on the Western Cape. The dive is mainly made up of diving across the sand with a few wreckages, rocks and outcrops where there’s algae growing. A pipeline can be found at the site which provides locations for species such as Pyjama Sharks (Poroderma africanum) and octopus (Octopus vulgaris) to shelter. Diving at night at the site provides the opportunity to see species that are more often hidden during the day such as cape Squid (Loligo reynaudii) and Biscuit Skate (Raja straeleni). Other shark species such as the small Puff Adder Shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) are also occasionally seen at the site.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.


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Book Review – The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

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It was the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Cruiser Ordzhonikidz, supported by two destroyers, had brought Soviet leaders Khruschev and Bulganin to Britain for sensitive meetings with the British Government. The ships were moored in Portsmouth harbour and the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, had expressly forbidden any clandestine inspection of them. However, on the morning of 19th April 1956 Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabbe, an experienced naval diver, slipped into the cold waters of Portsmouth harbour. His top secret mission was to photograph the hull, propellers and rudder of the Ordzhonikidze. He was never seen alive again.

A badly decomposed body, with head and hands missing, was discovered by fishermen in Chichester harbour months later. It was claimed to be the missing body of Buster Crabbe – but many had doubts. The incident marked the start of a controversy that claimed the posts of several high ranking naval, government and intelligence service personnel. The author of The Final Dive, Don Hale, claims it is one that still rages and which may not be resolved even when secret government files are released in 2057.

Don Hale, an acknowledged campaigning journalist and former Journalist of the Year brings all his experience and skill to unravelling this longstanding scandal. He has drawn upon official reports and private letters, statements from government representatives, fellow officers and friends to piece together Buster’s life and events leading to his disappearance and subsequent investigation. He speaks of “inquiries blocked by intrigue, constant cover-ups and government bureaucracy coupled with threats relating to the Official Secrets Act” (p. xi). If you like reading about subterfuge on a grand scale you will enjoy The Final Dive.

Don Hale’s meticulous account of the life of Buster Crabbe is supported by dozens of black and white photos and extracts from numerous official documents. It reveals how an amazing series of civilian jobs, wartime activities and friendships with high ranking government officials, British intelligence officers, American CIA operatives. . . and now known spies, prepared him for his final dive and perhaps his fate. One of Crabbe’s acquaintances was the author Ian Fleming – of James Bond fame. Indeed, it is suggested that Fleming based the character of 007 on Buster Crabbe. After reading of his exploits, both before WWII, his bomb disposal work during the war, and afterwards it is easy to see why. Certainly, those who worked with Buster Crabbe “all agree he was fearless.” (p.59). After reading of his exploits one wonders if he was too fearless.

In the later stage of Buster’s life, prior to his disappearance, Don Hall recounts “a constant merry-go-round of overseas assignments” (p. 118) for Crabbe and how he “began to receive increasingly hazardous commissions” (p. 136). It culminated in the morning dive in Portsmouth harbour. Hale’s forsensic-like account of the events surrounding the final dive and aftermath reveals absolute panic and bungling behind the scenes as official answers conflict with known facts. He describes how “The whole incident still seems bathed in secrecy, with the true facts deliberately buried in bureaucracy, and supported at the highest level by an incredible cover-up operation”.(p. 205).

A final comment by Don Hale adds to the intrigue. He states “The only part of the Crabbe puzzle about which I am not certain is not who sent him – we know the answer to that – but why on earth he was he sent, possibly at considerable risk?” (p. 248). After reading The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe you will no doubt have your own ideas.


The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

  • By Don Hale
  • Stroud: Sutton Publishing
  • ISBN 978 0 7509 4574 5
  • 260 pp

Don Hale was a professional footballer before becoming editor of several regional newspapers. He has received numerous national and international awards for investigative journalism including Journalist of the Year. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE for his campaigning journalism in the Stephen Downing miscarriage of justice case. He has championed several others who have been wrongly convicted.

His other books include Town without Pity (2002), Murder in the Graveyard (2019) and Mallard: How the ‘Blue Steak’ Broke the World Speed Record (2019).


Find out more about Professor Fred Lockwood, who is also a published author, at www.fredlockwood.co.uk.

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