Saturday, May 31
The Billionaire And The Indian Empress In Malta Coincidences
As I mentioned in yesterday's post we saw a billionaire's boat, Indian Empress, leave the quay-side while in Malta. That's the boat above with Malta's capital Valletta in the background. There was just the two of us watching because of the 'inside' information from that fisherman who went to Heaven. (Click on photos to make them bigger).
The Indian Empress is owned by the business man Vijay Mallya, who is said to be India's version of UK's Richard Branson. He bought the boat from the Qatari Royal Family for something like $93 million.
According to Wikipedia Vijay Mallya "... also owns the Formula One GP racing team Sahara Force India. His companies own Indian Premier League team Bangalore Royal Challengers, the I-League teams Mohun Bagan A.C. and East Bengal F.C."
The boat was off to the Monaco Grand Prix.
Now there was a bit of a coincidence or synchronicity about this, which will follow towards the end of this post.
I snapped photos of some of the lucky passengers. I don't know who they are, perhaps they are the daughters or relatives of Vijay Mallya. Maybe someone reading this will know,
As I said, Karin and I were the only people watching the boat leave for Monaco. The girls in the photos waved and smiled at us as they left and knew I was taking photos of them.
I clicked quite a few photos in total and Karin said this must be what it is like being part of the paparazzi - I mention this because of another small coincidence.
After watching the boat leave Manoel Island I said I could do with a coffee. We stopped at the only cafe / restaurant on the island (photo below). As I sat down I noticed it was called Paparazzi - first coincidence.
On leaving the Paparazzi we crossed the bridge, turned right and walked along by the main harbour. On the first seat there was a hat someone must have left behind. And on the hat was a badge for the Grand Prix, Monaco, which was where the Indian Empress was headed - second coincidence.
As we continued walking we started talking about my dad, Karin had quite a bond with him as well. At that moment we passed a parked coach. "Look at that," I said. The coach name read Arthur & John's - which just happened to be my dad's name: Arthur John Perry. Synchronicity and coincidence sometimes come in threes!
Photos: © Mike Perry
Other Malta Posts:
The Cannon Went Off And Malta Turned Magical
The Maltese Fisherman Who Visited Heaven
A Pilgrimage To St Paul's Grotto In Rabat, Malta
Valletta: The City Built By The Knights of the Order of St John