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Old 27-04-2009, 15:10
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Hi Harry,

I remember Bobby moving to Plymouth and met him a few times when he was playing piano at the pub at the bottom of my road. "The Ferry Inn" in Saltash Passage [Plymouth Side]. He sadly crossed the bar a few years ago.
Sugar bought a Bar in Gibraltar but the last time I was there it had changed hands [no pun intended] with no trace of Sugar.

As for Yorkie's off Manoel Island Bridge - Anyone visiting ask if I can have my watch back. Yorkie used to sub the Phoenicia lads blank weeks - that being the reason we all had two watches - one for time and one for decorating Yorkie's wall.

Anyone remember "Chez Venci's" in Floriana.

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Dave, just going thru the threads trying to get up to date. Your last line caught my eye. Elsewhere I referred to T bone steaks in Floriana. I'm pretty sure that it was in Chez Venci's we had them? Was'nt it a black american chef? I'm talking early 1950's. Possibly ex USN? Lack of USN ships visiting Malta has been mentioned but I remember one of theirs, more like a troopship, packed with marines in Grand Harbour. We went on board for a look around and felt really sorry for them. Conditions were more like for a prison ship. We had a 'meal' on one of their large trays with depressions in it for the various items. Not impressed. Give me canteen messing any day even if we were down to hard boiled eggs at the end of the month. And it DID happen.
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Old 27-04-2009, 15:25
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Many thanks, great pictures made even greater by your detailed memories, if you can manage the private message bit, send me your email address and I send you back the chapter on the Chequers commission. I think its too big to attach here.
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Old 27-04-2009, 19:12
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HI Dave H. Have just read your post of Mar 21 re:Tony's Hole in the Wall at the bottom of the hill from Floriana. In the 1950's this was a local for the few 'non-natives' on HMS Forth berthed in Msida Creek. 2 glasses of screech mildly diluted with lemonade would last hours for just pennies. And only a short walk back to the mess onboard. Better than playing endless games of 'uckers'. Rob T
Yes Jonti Screech was even worse than Glop. Never had either myself but observed the effects on others. Could be very sad if they went beyond the sample stage.
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Trev. and Brian ( Chieftain )enjoying a drink in the Naafi.
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Many thanks, great pictures made even greater by your detailed memories, if you can manage the private message bit, send me your email address and I send you back the chapter on the Chequers commission. I think its too big to attach here.
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Tim no Chap 3 attached to yr email? Try again please. Tks David.
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Trev. and Brian ( Chieftain )enjoying a drink in the Naafi.
Ashore in No.6's -----bad news for dhobey and ironing

I think we always had half sixes or waited till evening and went in half blues!


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Ashore in No.6's -----bad news for dhobey and ironing

I think we always had half sixes or waited till evening and went in half blues!


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Old 30-04-2009, 17:01
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In Tony's bar, Sliema front, there was a photo of two PO's who held the record for the number of bottles, Blue Label beer, drank in a specified time. Age I'm afraid has dimmed the exact number of bottles & the time taken, I wonder is that photo still there & does anyone remember the details?
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Old 30-04-2009, 18:20
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In Tony's bar, Sliema front, there was a photo of two PO's who held the record for the number of bottles, Blue Label beer, drank in a specified time. Age I'm afraid has dimmed the exact number of bottles & the time taken, I wonder is that photo still there & does anyone remember the details?
Dear Old Salt. I remember, or think I do, what you call a foto, as more like a sort of certificate. But what I am quite sure of it quoted 38 bottles each - they called it a draw. Ok. ?
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I can't remember whether this one has been shown before or not.
The carrier USS JFK in familiar surroundings although changed somewhat since my last visit.

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Old 30-04-2009, 21:16
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I can't remember whether this one has been shown before or not.
The carrier USS K in familiar surroundings although changed somewhat since my last visit.

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Excellent photo of what you might call a real flat top.
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bit of a bigger target than Illustrious!
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That boating lake ,don't look right clean,....excellent piccy tho

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bit of a bigger target than Illustrious!
Poor old Illustrious. She was used for pilot training in the mid 50's. Spent much time in Irish Sea and English Channel. We got to know Bangor N.I. and Torquay quite well. I was told her flight deck was 'twisted' due to previous damage. I was on Obediant, chase/crash boat when I witnessed the attached from the flag deck whilst off watch. Never seen anything happen so quickly. One minute coming into land. Next a ball of fire. The pilot survived with either 1st or 3rd degree burns. Forget which. 2 days earlier I had gone up in a 2 seater! Anyone out there on Illustrious around that time? Would have been soon after the Coronation Review. For info the people of Lymington had contributed to Obediant during Warship Week etc. and we went there after the Review. Terrible. We were not allowed to buy a drink all the time we were there for 7 days and nights. Our HQ was a pub half way up the hill on the right. Name please?
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Great Pictures, thanks for that.

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Thank you Sir. As you may have gathered I am very proud of Pelican being my first ship ~ A wonderful bird is the Pelican, its beak can hold more than its belly can ~ I've been in hot water with the moderator for posting and creating incorrect threads, busted from P.O. to Killick and promoted again! But as she spent a lot of time in Sliema herewith her Badge, with thanks to Scratcher, I always think of it as the Crest. As I remember her, in Corsica. And after she was refitted for the S.A. station, note the double yards now and that little yardarm on the aft mast - whats going on there? With thanks to Gordon, whose first ship she also was about 5 yrs after me? We were both the 'battery kings' as boys. As far as I know she was the last ship in the navy with ALL WOODEN upper decks, which kept the dabtoes gainfully employed. In my time her stores space below was also wooden lined making for champion cockroaches which took part in the races held on the boys messdeck whilst the reels were being changed during the film shows. She had to go round to the dockyard every 6 months for fumigation.
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Dave I dont know if you have seen it but I have this real photograph postcard of Pelican which I think shows her off well...
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Old 02-05-2009, 22:09
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Many thanks Mr. Moderator. No I have not seen that one of her going the 'other' way. Gordon will be interested. It was obviously after her refit prior to going down to the S.A. How on earth do you lot get these fotos? I was lucky to end up with anything. It was 127 film in my day. Just got a digital which I'm trying to get to grips with. Glad I'm off the norty boys list!
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Mousey, nice photo's of Pelican. I already had those in my collection but one of yours is a better quality than mine.

Just to add to the mix here is the 4th photo I have of her, she is wearing the 'U' pennant number.


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In Tony's bar, Sliema front, there was a photo of two PO's who held the record for the number of bottles, Blue Label beer, drank in a specified time. Age I'm afraid has dimmed the exact number of bottles & the time taken, I wonder is that photo still there & does anyone remember the details?
I was in Tony's' Bar last month.

The photo of the two PO's is still there. I don't know who runs the bar now but I think it's still a member of the original family.

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Thanks for that George, it's nice that something from the past is still there to be seen. Does Tony's successor make rainbow cocktails with the last ingredient sinking to the bottom of the glass ?
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Old 03-05-2009, 18:04
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Mousey, nice photo's of Pelican. I already had those in my collection but one of yours is a better quality than mine.

Just to add to the mix here is the 4th photo I have of her, she is wearing the 'U' pennant number.


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Many thanks Alan. Its interesting to see how she changed over the years. David
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Not sure if this is now a politicalycorrect comment to make but here go's

A few years ago now in another life , I was in a large hotel in Malta which had about a dozen guests in for breakfast [The Hotel was one of the best I had stayed in and was very comfortable]

I was eating my full English when a loud commotion broke out as a dozen or so guests from a country that we were at war with not that long ago.charged into the restaurant and pushed four tables together and formed a "beach head"

At this point a self elected member of the group in a loud and arrogant manor called over to the Head waiter to take there order in German.

The Head Waiter approached the party very calmly and being Maltese in appearance .....went up to the individual , leant over to him and said

"Good morning Sir, In my country we speak two languages when ordering meals , one is Maltese and our second is English and I would be pleased to take your order in either language "

What a put down.......for a few moments a stunned silence , then a rousing cheer from a small group of people which spread quickly.

At this point the individual stood up and said in English "Thank you may we order our meal please".?.. at which point the Head waiter spun around on his heels and went past us winking and up to the waiters and instructed them to attend to that group of guests .

We noted that for the rest of the week they were a well ordered and much quieter group of people, and I left him a large tip for his "services to humanity"
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Good story Ivor!

Do you remember the place when it was like this?

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No can't say that I did , what part of Malta is this Bob, and when ?
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