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  Our man in the Gulf: My cabin on 5 deck
Updated 06 April 2003, 12.31
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 this instalment, he tells us about how difficult it is getting to sleep.


Diary entry 25:

The thing about sleeping in a cabin on 5 deck is that you have no idea what is going on outside.

5 deck is on the waterline. There are no portholes (windows to you and me).

Pitch black

So when I wake up it is pitch black, unless one of the others in the cabin has put the light on.

Today I woke at four. And went back to sleep. And woke again at nine. And it was exactly the same in the cabin.

Very quiet

Waking without daylight is a very difficult thing. It feels really unnatural.

It's also very, very quiet in the cabin, unless they are using the lifts in the hanger.

The hanger is one deck above our cabin. But you can hear the alarm that sounds when the lift moves.

One night I woke up wondering what the beeping was. It was the lift.

Moving equipment

The other morning I woke up and could hear scraping and banging.

They were moving equipment around the hanger. The sounds echoing around our cabin.

It's not just the snorers who keep me awake!



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