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  Our man in the Gulf: What day is it?
Updated 27 March 2003, 18.26
The Ark Royal
BBC reporter and ex-Newsround presenter Matthew Price is reporting from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in the Gulf.

Matthew Price
Our reporter, Matthew Price
And he's writing a web diary for CBBC Newsround.

He tells us how out of touch you can feel on board ship

Diary entry 15:

The weather stopped us working today.

We'd hoped to go to the hospital ship called Argus. But overnight the wind got up, the rain came and today was too foggy to fly.

It suddenly got cold too. I was getting used to hot and sunny days. But there was no sunshine today.

No daylight for some

When I told people on board, they didn't know it had been like that.

One guy told me he'd not been up on deck for ten days. Ten days without seeing daylight.

That goes for a lot of people on board. They just aren't getting out on deck because they have so much to do.

It would drive me mad.

Losing track of time

One of the ship's communicators (they speak to the other ships in the area) told me the closest she gets to land at the moment is watching the news on TV.

I also realised today I am starting to forget what day it is. I have no idea unless I really think about it. This is not the real world.

A load of the lads in our cabin moved to other quarters today. So there's more room around.

The snorer's still there though. Shame. I'm just glad for the earplugs!

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