The opening scene is a Manger, the closing scene is a Cross. The screenplay requires soft lighting in the Manger and a scorching sun, blistering a small hill called Golgotha. It is about a life between a stable and a Cross...

War, bomb, machine gun. Tank, missile and clouds of smoke .... how will these affect tomorrow? This is the refrain of about twenty seamen from Syria.

Gregori is a third officer on board the PACIFIC ANGEL*. In broken English he talks to Danie when he sees the Russian Bibles displayed in the dining room.

It is like the perfect storm, says the Philippine man to Nico. It is as if the universe’s elements work together to create a destructive phenomenon. Nothing can be saved. Everything is threatened...

Early on Friday morning I received the WhatsApp message. Six seamen had died in an accident in the Durban harbour.

I had no idea of what had happened and checked Google to find out what I could. I was shocked to realise that I knew the vessel well.