Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Baste in haste

Two yellow tubes

I packed two yellow tubes for my sailing holiday: one is travel wash and one is sun protection factor 20. On the first sunny day I went below, felt in my sponge bag in the dimly-lit cabin and pulled out a yellow tube. How very nice, I thought as I applied the contents liberally to my face and neck: a transparent gel. Far nicer than that other old white sun stuff that makes you look like the teenage member of an African tribe setting off for some initiation rite. It was only the following day that I realised my mistake. The odd thing is that the travel wash actually did seem to prevent me from burning.

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