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Old 21-02-2009, 04:15
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Greetings shipmates,


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Old 21-02-2009, 04:29
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I posted this elsewhere on the forum last year, but thought to repeat it here.

DEFAULTERS

by Lt. Cmdr. R.A.B. Mitchell

The bowl that they mixed me in Alex
Two thousand years ago
Held never a drop of water
But only wine and woe,
And I crept on board in the shadows,
And they put me down below.

And when Apollo had galloped
Up from the sea once more
The haled me on to the poop-deck
By the painted steering-oar;
And I winked at the other defaulters,
But I gulped a bit at the shore.

The centurian prodded me forward
And tore the cloth from my head,
The slate was laid on the table
And the accusation read,
“I award you scale” said the tribune.
“Cut off his ears,” he said.

I went to Mahomets in Alex.
A thousand years ago
And drank long life to Nourrheddin
And drank death to the Christian foe,
And I awoke at the hour when the Hydra
Is gnawed by the ravenous Crow.

Up to the snowy pavilion
Under the emerald flag,
At the end of a whip they drove me
And flung me down like a bag,
And they tore aside my turban
And wrenched away my gag.

And the emir stood in silence
To hear his prisoner speak,
But night had stolen my courage
And left me dumb and meek.
“I award you scale” said the emir,
“Brand him on either cheek.”

I discovered a pub in Alex
A couple of days ago
Where the men of the sea foregather
And rivers of strong ale flow;
And on their ride I floated home
To where the violets grow.

But they bugled me yesterday morning
And aft I had to lay
And stand barehead at the table
In the old familiar way,
“I award you scale,” said the captain,
“Forfeit of leave and pay.”

Well that’s the life of a sailor
And what he pays for his beers,
But the gods grow less exacting
In toll of blood and tears;
And I hope to get only a caution
In another thousand years.


Lt. Cmdr. R.A.B. Mitchell
Published in Punch 1947/1948

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Old 21-02-2009, 19:27
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Greeting's Charles,

A Sailors Prayer and Sailors Rest. Two absolutely brilliantly poems.
Thank you very much.

Dare I ask, You live in America, yet a Sailors Prayer was written by a Petty Officer that served on HMAS Sidney. I just wondered about the connection?

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Old 21-02-2009, 19:38
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Hello Vivian,
Another good one, many thanks my friend.

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Old 21-02-2009, 19:46
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Greeting's Shipmates,

Another one for you.

TIN FISH
The ships destroy us above
And ensure us beneath
We rise, we lie down and we move
In the belly of death.

The ships have a thousand eyes
To mark where we came
But the mirth of a seaport dies
When our blow gets home.

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Old 21-02-2009, 19:51
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And another short one.

I LIKE THE GIRLS
I like the girls who say they will
I like the girls who don't
I hate the girls who say they will
And then they say they won't
But of all the girls I like the best
And I may be wrong or right
Are the girls who say they never will
But look as though they might.

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Old 21-02-2009, 22:15
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Well done me lads...well done...... the fifth page is as good as the first.


A good way to reflect on the day......a good way to quench my thirst


Ivor... 21st Feb... awaiting his tot.
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Old 22-02-2009, 14:15
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Good afternoon shipmates,
A few more words from a Naval Man.

Crazy drivers.
A man was driving down the highway when his car phone rang. Answering he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Ivor I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way down the highway, please be careful", "Dam" said Ivor, "There are hundreds of them".

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Old 22-02-2009, 14:31
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And another one for your pleasure.

A very self important college student attending a recent football game, took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation. "You grew up in a different world, actually, an almost primitive one" the student said, loud enough for many of those nearby to hear.
"The young people of today grew up with television, Jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars. We have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light speed processing, and he paused to take another drink of beer.
The senior took advantage of the break in the students litany and said,"You're right son, we did'nt have those things when we were young, so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little fart, what are you doing for the next generation.

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Old 22-02-2009, 15:02
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And another one Shipmates,

Those tell tale signs.

Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt, doesn't work
The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bi-focals
You feel like the night before and you have not been anywhere
Your little black book contains only names ending in M.D.
Your children begin to look middle aged
You finally reach the top of the ladder
and find it's leaning against the wrong wall
Your mind makes contracts your body can't meet
You know all the answers but nobody asks you the question
You look forward to a dull evening
Your favourite part of the papers is " twenty five year ago today"
You turn out the lights for economic, rather than romantic reasons.
You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going
You regret all those mistakes made, resisting temptation
After painting the place red
you have to take a long rest before the second coat.
You burn the midnight oil after 9pm
Your back goes out more than you do
The little grey haired lady you help across the road
is married to you.
You have too much room in the house
and not enough in the medicine cabinet
You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there
If only time could stand still
Tis no fun growing old gracefully.

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Ref:-CRAZY DRIVER

Thanks baz that made me chuckle
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Baz,

The connection's between to two navies is they are both Sailors, a life on the sea. Nautical botherhood!

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Old 22-02-2009, 19:00
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The connection's between to two navies is they are both Sailors, a life on the sea. Nautical botherhood!

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Hi Charles,
A Good answer, could'nt have put it better myself.

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Old 22-02-2009, 19:05
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Thanks baz that made me chuckle
Hello Ivor,
Glad you liked it. I try to please.

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Old 22-02-2009, 19:48
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Greeting's shipmates,
Here's another one for you.

V.E. DAY.
What does it mean? the little child asked.
What is V.E. Day for?
What is it we are celebrating?
What is the special day for.

The old man sitting by the fire
Said "Come child, sit on my knee
I'll try to make you understand
why we're celebrating V.E. Day.

Sixty years ago today
The War in Europe was done.
The soldiers all laid down their arms
The peace at last had come.

For five long years the world had been
shattered, as enemies fought
Hitler wanted to rule the earth
But people did not want to be caught.

In the evil web of his designs
As his armies stamped over all
The countries that opposed him
Making slaves of each one to fall.

The bombs rained down on civilians
As they went about their work
Their houses shattered around them
But never once did they shirk.

So now we are celebrating
Sixty years in our land without war
we're so thankful that three generations
Have not known the horror of war.

We remember the many that perished
And those who were hurt and in pain
Who had to be nursed back to fitness
To lead normal lives again.

Their sacrifices we honour
and pray that never again
The world will be plunged into battle
A situation where nobody gains.

I hope, little one, I've been able
To make you see why on this day
We have a special remembrance
of that long ago V.E. Day.

Edna Cosby Chairman Kidlington & District RNA
Published in the Bosuns Call 1995.

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[quote=barry-sheila@tiscali.co.u;38627]And another short one.

I LIKE THE GIRLS
I like the girls who say they will
I like the girls who don't
I hate the girls who say they will
And then they say they won't
But of all the girls I like the best
And I may be wrong or right
Are the girls who say they never will
But look as though they might.

Poet unknown.

The late comedian Max Miller (The Cheeky Chappie) used this piece as part of his act.


Here is a little poignant piece. Unknown origin.

On a sailors grave,no roses grow,
There are no roses on sailors' graves,
Nor wreaths upon the storm tossed waves,
No last post from the Royals band,
So far away from their native land,
No heartbroken words carved on stone,
Just shipmates bodies there alone,
The only tributes are the seagulls sweeps,
And the teardrop when a loved one weeps.
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Greetings Tackline,
Thanks for that piece of information, I really was not aware of it.

And thanks also for your contribution, A sailors Grave. Very good.
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An Airman, Soldier and Matelot are on a tarin when an obviously upset young woman sits nearby. The Airman asks "Whats up Love?"
To which she replies tearfully, I have just found out I am Illigitamet, I am so upset."
The Airman consoles her telling her that he was also born out of wedlock but that nowadays there was no stigma and she shouldn't worry about it.
The young woman settles down for a while but is soon sobbing yet again.
The Soldier also confides in her and tells her that he also was born on the wrong side of the blanket but it has not affected his career one bit.
The young girl is yet again mollified for a short while, but very soon starts sobbing again.
The soldier and the airman both look to Jack for some words of comfort, to wich Jack pipes up and says:

"The train is almost in the station, which one of you Bastards wants to share a Taxi?"
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Greetings shipmates,

An elderly couple was watching their favourite Saturday night programme. During the interval, the husband asked his wife: "Whatever happened to our sexual relations"? After a long thoughtful silence, the wife replied: "I don't think we even got a Christmas card from them this year".

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An Airman, Soldier and Matelot are on a tarin when an obviously upset young woman sits nearby. The Airman asks "Whats up Love?"
To which she replies tearfully, I have just found out I am Illigitamet, I am so upset."
The Airman consoles her telling her that he was also born out of wedlock but that nowadays there was no stigma and she shouldn't worry about it.
The young woman settles down for a while but is soon sobbing yet again.
The Soldier also confides in her and tells her that he also was born on the wrong side of the blanket but it has not affected his career one bit.
The young girl is yet again mollified for a short while, but very soon starts sobbing again.
The soldier and the airman both look to Jack for some words of comfort, to wich Jack pipes up and says:

"The train is almost in the station, which one of you Bastards wants to share a Taxi?"
Greetings Francis,
Very good, I had a laugh over that one.

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Hello shipmates,

Some of the laws that Newton forgot.

Law of Queue. If you change queue's, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are now in.
Law of Telephone. When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.
Law of Mechanical Repair. After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
Law of the Workshop. Any tool when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Theatre Rule. People with seats furthest from the aisle arrive last.
Bath Theorem. When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.
Law of Bio-Mechanics. The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of Encounters. The probability of meeting some one you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

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Did you hear about the stoker who was thrilled to finish a jigsaw puzzle in six months, when the box said three to six years.

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Here's another one for you,

Sean the bartender notices that Paddy has a broken nose, his face is cut and he's walking with a limp. "What happened to you" asks Sean. "Jamie O'Connor and me had a fight" says Paddy. "That little **** O'Connor" says Sean, "he could'nt do that to you, he must have had something in his hand", "That he did", a shovel is what he had, and a terrible licking he gave me with it". "Well" says Sean "you should have defended yourself, did'nt you have something in your hand", "that I did" said Paddy, "Mrs O'Connors breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a fight".

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And another one for Shipmates,

there was a man who had worked all his life and saved all his money. He was a real miser when it came to money. He loved money more than anything else, and just before he died he implored his wife "when I die I want you to put all my money in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife. After he died, stretched out in his casket his wife sitting beside him in black and clutching a shoebox, and next to her closest friend, the funeral ceremony was finishing and before the Undertaker closed the coffin lid, the wife said, " just wait while I put this box in with my dear husband". The coffin lid was then screwed down and wheeled away. The wifes friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in the casket". The wife said, "Oh yes, I'm a good christian, I cannot lie. A promise is a promise. I put all his money into my bank account and I wrote him a cheque".

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In the beginning was the word and the word was God.
In the beginning was God and all else was darkness and void and without form. So God created the Heavens and the earth. He created the Sun and the Moon and the Stars so that light might pierce the darkness.
The Earth, God divided between the Land,Sea and the Air.- and he filled them with many creatures.
The dark,salty,slimy creatures that inhabited the murky depths of the oceans God called sailors and he dressed them accordingly.
The flighty creatures of the air he called airmen and these he clothed in uniforms that were ruffled and drab.
The lower creatures of the land God called soldiers or Squaddies. And with a twinkle in his eye and a sense of humour that only God could have, he gave them trousers too short, jackets too large and pockets to warm their hands. To adorn their uniforms, He gave them badges and cords and ribbons and patches and stars. He gave them emblems and crests and all sorts of shiny things that glittered and devices that dangled- because when you are God you tend to get carried away at times.
On the seventh day, as you know, God rested. And at 0600 hours on the eighth day he looked down upon the Earth and was not happy. He was definitely not happy!
So, He thought about his labours and in his infinite wisdom, created a divine creature and called it a Royal Marine. These Royal Marines who God created in his own image, were to be of the land and of the sea and also of the air. And so he gave them many wonderful uniforms.
He gave them practical fighting uniforms so that they could wage war against the forces of Satan and Evil, He gave them smart suits for their daily work and training so they might be sharp and ready at all times. And he gave them evening and dress uniforms, stylish handsome things, so that they might promenade with the ladies on a satuday night and impress the hell out of everybody!
At the end of the eighth day God looked down on Earth and saw that it was good. But was he happy? No! God was still not happy; and why? Because in the course of all his labours he had forgotten one thing. God did not have a Royal Marines uniform to wear!
So he pondered and thought it over and finally satisfied himself in the knowledge that not everybody could be a Royal Marine.

(Written by the Reverend John `Buck`Taylor)
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