Friday, 19 August 2011

"Being alone, it can be quite romantic/Like Jacques Cousteau underneath the Atlantic"

When I was little, I used to want to live in a submarine, and go around the world doing interesting undersea things. This man was why.

He also co-invented the aqualung, was an environmentalist, war hero, an engineer, a film-maker and writer, a marine biologist and a pioneer of underwater archaeology, was the inspiration for the narrator in Spongebob Squarepants and songs by Plastic Bertrand, John Denver and Old Dirty Bastard , and for many years was for me (with the possible exception of Ilyra Kuryakin), the coolest man in the entire world. And he had a lovely parka.

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