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Old 02-03-2009, 17:54
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Thanks Baz
It gets clearer by the day.......
its the Nights I'm having problems with and all these restless Stokers with an expectant look on their faces.........awaiting there Lullabye before hitting the sack...


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Old 02-03-2009, 18:16
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Good evening shipmates,
A few more words.

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They could'nt wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "Big Wig". Today we often use the term "here comes the "Big Wig" because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

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Thanks Baz
It gets clearer by the day.......
its the Nights I'm having problems with and all these restless Stokers with an expectant look on their faces.........awaiting there Lullabye before hitting the sack...


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Hi Ivor,
Will the Chief not read them a bedtime story?

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And another one,

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman wore a tightly tied lace, as in "Straight laced".

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Greeting's Ivor,

I can just about decipher your answer to Herakles, but as for what he has wrote to you.................?

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You're one up on me as I can't work out the Latin now.

As to what I wrote ... ... it's the first lines of Genesis - in Pig Latin.
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Hi shipmates
I have never heard of Pig Latin but I was getting close to the gist of what you were so eloquently saying. but it was hard work ...the frequent referancies to EBAY were throwing me up blind allys.

Challenging though.


Can you help me with a Lullabye for the Stokers please.... with a Happy ending as I don't want them bluburing all over the boiler room floor as its a safety hazard and the salt my corrode the fittings and lift the paint.........

and no referance to drinking abuse as it will only get them reaching for another tot from the still they have "secretly" installed down hear

Yes I know....but some of them were auditioned for voice overs by the BBC
for HMS TROUTBRIDGE and the "NAVYLARKS"

Thanking you in anticipation
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Niceous oneious ograteios moderatious

non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum

salutations Ivor
to put you at ease it was thus:-


Nice one o great moderator

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Greeting's Ivor,

Yeah, right. Whatever floats your boat.

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Good morning shipmates,

A few more words for you to ponder.

By the time a sailor pulled into a little town, every hotel room was taken. "You've got to have a room somewhere, he pleaded. Or just a bed, I don't care where. Well, I do have a double room, with one occupant, an RAF guy, admitted the manager, and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained. I'm not sure it would be worth it to you. No problem, the tired matlot assured him. I'll take it. The next morning, the sailor came down to breakfast bright eyed and bushy tailed. How'd you sleep asks the manager? Never better! replied the sailor. the manager was impressed. No problem with the other guy snoring? Nope, I shut him up in no time, said the sailor. How'd you manage that? asks the manager. He was already in bed, snoring away, when I came in the room, he explained. I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, and said "good night handsome", and he sat up all night watching me.

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Shipmates,
This married couple were on holiday in Jamaica, they were touring around the market place looking at the goods and such, when they passed this small sandal shop. From inside they heard the shop keeper with a Jamaican accent say, "you foreigners! come in. Come in to my humble shop". So the married couple walked in. The Jamaican said to them "I ave some special sandals I tink you would be interested in. Dey make you wild at sex. "Well, the wife was really interested in buying the sandals after what the man claimed, but her husband felt that he did not need them, being the sex God that he was. The husband asked the man," how could sandals make you into a sex freak? The Jamaican replied, "just try dem on, man". Well, the husband, after some badgering from his wife, finally gave in, and tried them on. As soon as he slipped them onto his feet he got this wild look in his eyes, something his wife had not seen in many years! In the blink of an eye, the husband grabbed the Jamaican, bent him violently over the table, yanked down his pants, ripped down his own pants, and grabbed a firm hold of the Jamaican. The Jamaican then began screaming: You got dem on the wrong feet. you got dem on the wrong feet.

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Reading that latest - very funny - story from Jamaica, prompted me to post this pic.
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Well done BAZ and HERK....

That's my kind of humour.......refined and to the point
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Good evening shipmates,

THE FREEING OF THE CORFU CHANNEL.

When into Corfu Channel, bunting flying high,
Saumarez and Volage sailed.
At anchor there to lie, to show the flag.
That was our task and we were proud that day.
We little guessed or gave a thought
to the price we'd have to pay.
For many weeks we waited for that run ashore,
to celebrate for many surviving that war.
Some were just to young to know
the sound of angry guns
Air attacks from Japanese, or Russian convoy runs.
They were soon to learn the fear of death
as we steamed from Corfu Bay.
For of the forty four who were killed
upon that fateful day.
They did not know the reason
for the mines beneath the sea.
But through their death and suffering,
we kept Corfu Channel free.
There were many unsung hero's
amonst the men who died.
While we, who go on living,
look on their names with pride.
Saumarez and Volage never died of shame
Their victories, in war and peace
perpetuate their names.
But we who served between their decks,
on that October day.
Remember all our shipmates
who sailed from Corfu Bay.
There were some who did'nt see their baby lad
and many are the daughters who did not see their Dad.
But there is one thing we'll always know
about that tragic day,
They freed the Corfu Channel
by the lives they gave away.

Saumerez and Volage two destroyers struck mines in the Corfu Channel on October 22nd 1946. Forty men between the ages 18 and 40 were killed in the two ships and were later buried at sea off Corfu. This poem was written by one of the survivers. The mines were known to have been laid by Albania. Shipmate Steve Powers BEM was on HMS Ajax, later entered the Channel and cleared it for use by international shipping.

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Reading that latest - very funny - story from Jamaica, prompted me to post this pic.
Greetings Herakles,
But your picture has not come through.

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Have you been down to the still in the boiler room Baz?

I could see it ..................subtle eh ?
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But your picture has not come through.

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That's odd. I can see it clearly.
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Reading that latest - very funny - story from Jamaica, prompted me to post this pic.
Greetings Herakles,

Oh boy, I had a good laugh over that picture. Brilliant. I never see pictures like that? Ivor will possibly find something to say about that. I can't wait.

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Have you been down to the still in the boiler room Baz?

I could see it ..................subtle eh ?
You must have eyes in your backside, it's bloody disappeared again.

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We are going to have a serious talk about staying away from the Stokers still me lad


I'd ask the Chief to do it.......... but he has taken some of the lads up to the surgeon for a spot of F.F.I. checks....
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Good morning shipmates,
Here's another one for you, nothing to do with the Navy, more to do with my Royal British Legion work. But it's a good one, see what you think.

WHY WEAR A POPPY.

" Please wear a Poppy," the lady said
and held one forth, but I shook my head
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there
and her face was old and lined with care
But beneath the scars the years had made
there remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street
bouncing along on care free feet
his smile was full of joy and fun
"Lady, he said, "may I have one"?
When she had pinned it on he turned to say
"Why do we wear a Poppy today"?

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day"
And the Poppy is the symbol for
the gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free,
thats why we wear a Poppy, you see.

I had a boy about your size
with golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout
free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew.
And became a man, as you will, too.

He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
he seemed with us such a little while.
When war broke out and he went away,
I still remember his face that day.
When he smiled at me and said, "Goodbye"
I'll be back soon Mum, so please don't cry.

But the war went on and he had to stay,
and all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awfull fight,
(I can still see it in my dreams at night)
With tanks and huns and cruel barbed wire,
and the mines and the bullets, the bombs and fire.

Till at last, at last the war was won,
and thats why we wear a Poppy, son.
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "thanks lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awfull fight,
but your son - did he come home alright.

A tear rolled down each faded cheek,
she shook her head, but did not speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame.
And if you were me you would have done the same.
For our thanks, in giving, is oft delayed.
Though our freedom was bought - and thousands paid.

And when we see a Poppy worn
let us reflect on the burden borne.
By those who gave their very all,
when asked to answer their country's call.
That's why we at home in peace might live.
So wear a Poppy! Remember and give.

I've no idea who the poet is, but I think it truly remarkable.

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Good morning shipmates,
Here's another one for you, nothing to do with the Navy, more to do with my Royal British Legion work. But it's a good one, see what you think.

WHY WEAR A POPPY.

" Please wear a Poppy," the lady said
and held one forth, but I shook my head
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there
and her face was old and lined with care
But beneath the scars the years had made
there remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street
bouncing along on care free feet
his smile was full of joy and fun
"Lady, he said, "may I have one"?
When she had pinned it on he turned to say
"Why do we wear a Poppy today"?

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day"
And the Poppy is the symbol for
the gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free,
thats why we wear a Poppy, you see.

I had a boy about your size
with golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout
free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew.
And became a man, as you will, too.

He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
he seemed with us such a little while.
When war broke out and he went away,
I still remember his face that day.
When he smiled at me and said, "Goodbye"
I'll be back soon Mum, so please don't cry.

But the war went on and he had to stay,
and all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awfull fight,
(I can still see it in my dreams at night)
With tanks and huns and cruel barbed wire,
and the mines and the bullets, the bombs and fire.

Till at last, at last the war was won,
and thats why we wear a Poppy, son.
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "thanks lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awfull fight,
but your son - did he come home alright.

A tear rolled down each faded cheek,
she shook her head, but did not speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame.
And if you were me you would have done the same.
For our thanks, in giving, is oft delayed.
Though our freedom was bought - and thousands paid.

And when we see a Poppy worn
let us reflect on the burden borne.
By those who gave their very all,
when asked to answer their country's call.
That's why we at home in peace might live.
So wear a Poppy! Remember and give.

I've no idea who the poet is, but I think it truly remarkable.

Baz.

My eyes did not last half way Baz.

Wonderfull,

Paddy
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A really moving poem Baz.

Definitely hit the spot.
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My eyes did not last half way Baz.

Wonderfull,

Paddy
Baz, I have not had a great deal of success putting those poems on in open format so I will try again in copy and paste

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NOT A POET.

I’m not a poet
I merely use verse,
On special occasions
Which can be diverse.

Some joyful for weddings
For birthdays and fun,
But sometime more sombre
When friends might pass on.

I don’t need to ponder
On what I should say,
When that feeling grips me
All doubts fade away.

It seems that my head
And my heart will combine,
And all of my righting
Just falls into line.

But there are occasions
Of sad times or stress,
When writing can hurt me
I get in a mess.

The writing is easy
It comes without strain,
But I cannot read it
It fills me with pain.

Then when I peruse
What I’ve written down,
Tears fill my eyes
Like a heart broken clown.

So on these occasions
I pick up my pen,
The words will flow from it
Profusely and then.

I hand the verse over
To family or friend,
A poet could read it
I fail at the end.


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My eyes did not last half way Baz.

Wonderfull,

Paddy

last one worked Baz.
Trying the other.

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THE SLAUGHTER OF THE RAWALPINDI



She was a splendid liner
From the fleet of P & O
Her trade routs were to India,
She shuttled to and fro

For fourteen years she carried guests
To tropical bazaars
Until in 1939
The world was rocked by wars

She answered then her country’s call
And went to London’s docks.
They stripped her of her fineries
And stood her on the chocks.

Instead she carried six-inch guns
All mounted fore and rear
But mostly she did keep her crew,
They jumped to volunteer,

She had a new commander,
Captain Kennedy RN
And she was sent to Scapa Flow
To watch the raiders den,

In November 39,
Whilst on her third patrol
She sailed the coast of Iceland,
Observation was her role,

About this time, unknown to her
Two raiders neared the scene
They were the finest product
Of the German Kriegmarine

The Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau
Fearsome battle ships indeed
With mighty guns and armour plate
And a frightening turn of speed

The Germans used a doubtful ploy
To help confuse their prey,
They flew the British ensign
As they went upon their way

One bleak November afternoon.
The Germans spot a ship.
The Scharnhorst she increased her speed
To get it in her grip.

On Rawalpindi lookouts cried
That ships were drawing near
And captain Kennedy perceived
That he had much to fear.

The flag did not deceive him
He ordered signals sent
To warn his distant allies
Of the enemies intent.

He knew if he delayed the end
Until the fleet arrived
The German plans would come to naught
And so he did decide.

That he’d engage in battle
With this overpowering foe
He ordered ACTION STATIONS
And bulkheads closed below


Scharnhorst then approached his ship
And told him to HEAVE TO.
Instead he ordered OPEN FIRE
This sealed his fate, he knew.

His six-inch shells had no effect
Against the Scharnhorst’s might
And now the mighty Gneisenau
Was entering the fight.

The captain shook his chief’s right hand
And said THIS IS GOODBYE
We’ll do our job and send the news
Although we may all die.

The Scharnhorst’s captain was amazed
That this small ship should fight
It seemed they had no fear at all
It did not seem quite right.

He opened fire and he released
A devastating blow
The Rawalpindi shuddered,
There was havoc down below.

And yet she kept on firing
Her guns they did not falter
Although the Scharnhorst’s second blow,
Shook her in the water.

To all this hell there now approached
Upon her other beam
The Gneisenau with guns ablaze
As from a fiendish dream.



The Scharnhorst opened fire again
And then again once more
This salvo took away the bridge
And all the life it bore.

And yet the Rawalpindi
Though crippled, still she fought
Though guns were silenced one by one,
By the two great ships onslaught.

The little ship was now ablaze
With flames from stem to stern
Yet with her one remaining gun
She fought as she did burn

At sixteen hundred hours that day
Behold the final scene,
A mighty shell from Scharnhorst
Destroyed her magazine.

The little ship with broken back
Starts to sink beneath the sea
With very few survivors
Trying desperately to flee,

Three hundred men set out that day
Captain, crew and mate
But when the day was over
There were only thirty eight.

Surviving sailors made the boats
Though some they had to crawl
But the propellers of the Scharnhorst
Made a wave that swamped them all.



As the Rawalpindi foundered
With fear in many throats
A lonely sailor signalled,
With a lamp, PLEASE SEND US BOATS.

The Germans then, who just before
Had sunk that worthy ship
Pulled twenty seven sailors
From the sea’s cold salty grip.

When a sailor on the Gneisenau
Saw English ships draw near
The two colossal raiders
Turned and ran, though not in fear.

Their presence had been noted
Surprise no longer theirs
And this small unequal battle
We’ll remember through the years

The battle served a purpose
It was not all in vain.
The German raiders had to run
Back to their lair again

The Newcastle and Delhi
As they did now arrive
Saw a scene of devastation
But found eleven men alive

The Navy has its honours
On seas cold, cruel and windy
But none can best the courage
Or the grit of Rawalpindi


By Paddy Boyle.


Thats the way to do it, but it obviously will not do thumb nails.

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Baz, I have not had a great deal of success putting those poems on in open format so I will try again in copy and paste

Paddy.

NOT A POET.

I’m not a poet
I merely use verse,
On special occasions
Which can be diverse.

Some joyful for weddings
For birthdays and fun,
But sometime more sombre
When friends might pass on.

I don’t need to ponder
On what I should say,
When that feeling grips me
All doubts fade away.

It seems that my head
And my heart will combine,
And all of my righting
Just falls into line.

But there are occasions
Of sad times or stress,
When writing can hurt me
I get in a mess.

The writing is easy
It comes without strain,
But I cannot read it
It fills me with pain.

Then when I peruse
What I’ve written down,
Tears fill my eyes
Like a heart broken clown.

So on these occasions
I pick up my pen,
The words will flow from it
Profusely and then.

I hand the verse over
To family or friend,
A poet could read it
I fail at the end.


Paddy

I dont for the life of me know why this went from not working to seeing double.
I will edit one out.

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