No, not me this time. We talked through this a couple of years ago but it's always worth a rerun. While out with may mate Brian the other day, an old subject arose. Brian is paranoid about sunburn and skin cancer. He wears a hat with an extended shade fitted. It goes around his neck and covers his face; held there with a spot of Velcro. It does suggest wearing a burka as only his eyes are seen. Brian won't go out without long pants and shirt sleeves and all this is good and sensible. But he had no answer when I asked why he goes to all that effort but doesn't wear gloves. Skin cancer is notorious amongst fishos and particularly in two areas. One is the ears because so many guys only wear baseball caps that provide no protection at all. Medicos suggest they are the most useless of all head gear. The other is the backs of their hands which are exposed to the sun all day. Watch for a while, the older fishos hands. You'll see the hard looking lumps here and there. You won't see it much in the younger guys but make no mistake; you will in time. It's a long term silent killer. I have worn sun gloves for around twenty years now and I don't go out without them. I use a brand called 'Uveeto' as they are light, have the tips of finger exposed and are easy to wash. They also have a reinforced section in the palm of the hands. Once on you forget about them. But guess what: At almost eighty years old; I have still developed a couple of hard dry bits on the back of my hands. They will continue to grow in size. The medico isn't concerned but is certain they are the result of exposure from youth until twenty years ago. I think mine are different to some other types of skin cancers that cause many deaths annually. It's not something we should treat lightly. If they are not always terminal, they are always ugly to see. They can be avoided. Noel.