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  Our man in the Gulf: Matt misses home
Updated 30 March 2003, 13.41
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.

In his latest, he explains what he's missing most


Diary entry 18:

Things I miss at sea:

Windows. With a nice view.

Cafes. There aren't any.

Choice. Everything in your life is controlled. Meal times are when the navy decides. The shop opens when it's planned.

Need some space

TV. Two channels. And some DVDs. That's all.

Time alone. You can never get away from people. The only time is in your bed at night.

Mail arrives for the Ark Royal by Sea King helicopter
Mail arrives for the Ark Royal by Sea King helicopter
Bed. A nice big one with room to turn over. The bunks here are narrow, and I've got just two feet above my head before I touch the ceiling.

Land. Everything is water!

I realised today I haven't seen any countryside for three weeks now. I realised this when a ladybird landed on me. I don't know how it had got here, but it was the first animal I had seen since being aboard.

Great food

Some people say they saw dolphins playing in the sea the other day. I couldn't quite make them out.

It's not all bad. I'm getting to know people on board. Each morning we say hello to one another.

The food is really good. And I'm getting to exercise properly in the gym and at aerobics.

But I will be glad to get off the ship!



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