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Old 15-02-2009, 17:17
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God knows where you are digging these up from Baz,........ but are you a salesperson for "mansize" tissues as we are fast running out over hear.........
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Old 15-02-2009, 17:35
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Little One Bell in the Middle Watch
An unlikely story

Behold the dreamer wakens
His eyes dust filled with sleep
As from the arms of Morpheus
His spirit tries to creep
How sad my heart
For see, He's started yawning
Fear Not! Sleep on
And I will do your Morning

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Old 15-02-2009, 17:43
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Yes NSR I think it is unlikely to... but very good
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Old 15-02-2009, 19:09
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Hello Ken,
Pretty good mate, got any more? There must be thousands of poems or words out there somewhere. It would be nice for someone else to write a few.

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Old 15-02-2009, 19:36
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Greetings Shipmates,
Here's a few more words you may find interesting?

I the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while every one else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during the meal. To sit in the chair mean't you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the "chair man". Today in business, we use the expression or title "Chairman" or "Chairman of the Board".

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Old 15-02-2009, 19:50
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One more shipmates,
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another womans face she was told, "mind your own bee's wax". Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a smile". In addition, when they sat to close to the fire, the wax would melt.......therefore the expression "losing face"

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Old 15-02-2009, 20:25
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Shipmates,

Another one for your pleasure.

Sir Richard Grenville.

"Sink me the ship Master Gunner",
Sir Richard Grenville cried
"Sink her, split her in twain.
We'll fall into the hands of God
But never to the hands of Spain.

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Old 15-02-2009, 20:42
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Here's another small one,

Bluff plays a large part in a Dockyard matee's life.
Tis a matloes whole existence.

Vasectomy
Is just making sure you don't have to say sorry.

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Where do you find these ?

Don't quit now as your getting two page reviews.............
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And another one,

IRREVERENCE
(The 23rd according to pilots of carrier borne aircraft)

The Batsman is my shephard, I shall not crash.
He maketh me to land on flat runways.
He bringeth me in off rough waters.
He restoreth my confidence.
Yea, though I come stalling into the deck at sixty knots.
I shall fear no evil for He is with me.
He prepareth a deck before me in the presence of mine enemies.
He attacheth my hook to the wire.
My deck space runneth over.

Mine enemies:- Means the spectators and ghouls who always congregate at vantage points near the Island and in the goofers galleries around the flight deck, all ready to give assistance when or if needed.

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Old 15-02-2009, 21:05
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Evening Ivor,
No, I will not quit for yet a while, still have a load more to go.
Have been amassing them over a number of years.

Thanks for your interest.

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Old 15-02-2009, 21:11
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On the contrary its a treat to see these.......or have you posted again whilst typing this?
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Old 15-02-2009, 21:57
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Evening Ivor,
Quite possibly, I was trying to get promoted before I closed down for the night.

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Old 16-02-2009, 12:36
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May the lord above,
Send down a dove,
with wings as sharp as razors,
to cut off the heads
of them there blokes
wot sells bad beer to sailors.


I was walking through the dockyard in a panic (In a panic)
when I saw this matelot old and grey.
On his back he had his kit bag and his hammock,
As he drew close I heard him say...
Oh! I wonder yes I wonder,
did the Jossman make a blunder
when he made this draft chit out for me.
Cos I've been a Barrack Stantion, an I've lived in Jago's Mansion
An I always say good morning to the Chief
(Good Morning Chief!).
Oh! I wonder yes I wonder,
did the Jossman make a blunder
when he made this draft chit out for me.
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Old 16-02-2009, 12:48
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(To the tune of Oh god our help in ages past)

There were 3 crows up in a tree
they were as black as black could be,
said one black crow unto the other,
you are a black enamel Bu**er.

Alleluia!

Along came farmer with his gun,
he shot those crows except for one,
who flew up to yonder tree and cried
Now you B*****d, try and shoot me.

Alleluia!

Farmer loaded up with shot and shell,
and blew that crow to $%&*^% hell!
and as he fluttered to the ground,
his final resting place was found.

Alleluia!

A favourite in mesdeck shindigs onbord Ton class boats.
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Good morning Shipmates,
Another good one (two) Francis, keep em coming.
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Old 16-02-2009, 13:02
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This was written by my mother and subsequently published.

The telegram came,here's what it said
"Your husband is missing,to be presumed dead"
That man to me,who was my life
And I to him, his loving wife
T'was then I knew that the cruel sea
Had taken my love away from me.

They' d needed ships, they' d needed men
To bring the soldiers back home again
An old destroyer he was on
Too many men to put upon
A German torpedo cleft it in two
So sank the poor ship with all the crew.

Off Dunkirk beach that fateful day
Seven hundred brave men were blown away
I know a few of them survived
But lord too many of them died!
I'll weep no more,pray that we learn
A war such as this should never return

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Old 16-02-2009, 13:08
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Robert
Very moving, particularly as it was written from the heart.
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Old 16-02-2009, 13:35
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Hello again Shipmates,
Here's another one for you to peruse, this one is my favourite, see what you think.

The Phantom Fleet.

As I looked down from Tamar Bridge
at the warships down below.
And as I stood and gazed at them
on the ebb tide and the flow.
I saw a fleet of phantom ships
and men of long ago.

I saw the Rodney and the Nelson
the Valiant and Ramilles
Repulse, Reknown and Tiger
and the ill fated Royal Oak.
So many ships, their names
made faint by shell, fire and smoke.

And some I see to harbour
come as though through glasses dark
The Barham, the Glorious and the Ark,
and then there came the greatest
the mighty warship Hood.
Dark, grey and wraith like
from the spot on which I stood.

Ships from the North Atlantic
from the Med, and the Java sea.
The big ships and the small ships
returned for me to see.
There's the Gloworm, the Hardy
the Devonshire and Trent
the Cossack and Courageous
The Suffolk and the Kent.

But mercifully hidden are those brave men
and stilled their anguished cries
I cannot see them clearly now
must be the smoke that is in my eyes
Where now is Short Hasset
he won the DSM
He still fought on when
Exeter was burning stem to stern.

Where now, Jock, Jan and lofty
where now the boys and men.
They are lost and gone forever
will we see their like again.
I thought I saw their mustering
on the deck for morning prayers
and heard the hymn "For those in peril"
rise on the morning air.

Then darker grew the picture
as the lowering night came on.
I looked down from the Tamar Bridge
but all those ships had gone.
Those mighty ships had vanished
gone were those brave men
We'll surely never ever see
their like again.

Now we here in West Australia
far from the British shore
With honoured pride remember them
those men who've gone before.
Yes, these mighty ships have vanished
but their spirits live and stay.
Within those men around us
this very day.

Printed in the Bosuns Call May 1996.
submitted by a member RNA Newbury Branch.

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Old 16-02-2009, 13:39
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Hello Robert,
Absolutly brilliant, first class.

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Great stuff lads but you've missed a couple of lines there Francis. Insert:-
".....lived in Jago's mansions
And now their sending me to sea.
Oh! I love my tiddy oggy and I love my figgy duff
And I always say good morning to the Chief, "Good Mornin' Chief!"......

Best regards
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Great stuff lads but you've missed a couple of lines there Francis. Insert:-
".....lived in Jago's mansions
And now their sending me to sea.
Oh! I love my tiddy oggy and I love my figgy duff
And I always say good morning to the Chief, "Good Mornin' Chief!"......

Best regards
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Me minds going, obviously too many tiddy oggies!
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Hello again Shipmates,
See what you think of this one.

I have tried to tell my story
to take you back in time
To explain the deeds of mortal men
And put it down in rhyme.

The whole of it is as near the truth
as memory will allow.
But grow dim as the years pass by
And most actors have taken their bow.

Those that remain will tell you
that not all of it was bad.
For out of it came friendships.
No greater gift could be had.

Some that still live may owe their lives
to others that did not return.
To them we can only say "thank you"
With the hope that others may learn.

Bernard Hallas.

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Old 16-02-2009, 18:58
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Congratulations Baz welcome to the club !

These are so good and its hard to pick a favorite , but ....if I had to I think it would be the EMPTY CHAIR ..it paints such a vivid picture and is almost haunting..


The storys to are great.......ever considered being a Naval Nanny..?
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Greetings Ivor,

Explain - "Naval Nanny" I have my own views on that?

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