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Old 26-07-2009, 10:46
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Always thought it a little unfair. I was only loan drafted, and put in charge of a watch of six Wren Ros and two telephonists. As a Submariner, and just returned from eighteen months in a Hong Kong Sweeper, I really was a fish out of water, didn't have a clue what I was doing. Luckily my Killick Wren didn't seem to mind, so she showed me the ropes and I gave her lots of "Stand-Offs".
But, what a social life????
Jan, do you remember Dermot Flynn?
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Old 26-07-2009, 12:29
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"I gave her lots of "Stand-Offs"."

Is that what they called IT then?????????????????????????/
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Old 26-07-2009, 14:00
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Not ringing any bells trot but not always good with names.

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Old 26-07-2009, 14:03
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Hi Jan, remember those dam banda machines, espec having to go down the boiler room in ovies to burn the confid waste, came out looking like a smurf.

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Old 26-07-2009, 14:52
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Hi Jan, remember those dam banda machines, espec having to go down the boiler room in ovies to burn the confid waste, came out looking like a smurf.

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yeh Derek ormig juice and orange not withstanding I suppose!!
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Old 26-07-2009, 15:03
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I well remember a CY (Communications Yeoman) who spent much time in BMH Singapore due to his love of the afore mentioned tipple. I hope he made it into old age!!

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Old 26-07-2009, 15:10
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Jan I suppose it would produce the same effect as taking on copius quantities of 'screech' or pints of 'special' cider in Malta and Guzz
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Hi Jan, hope the CY managed to live to a copius age, and duplicated his genes

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Old 26-07-2009, 17:08
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I well remember a CY (Communications Yeoman) who spent much time in BMH Singapore due to his love of the afore mentioned tipple. I hope he made it into old age!!

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Would that have been early '68 Jan? Our Yeoman was taken off in Sydney and returned to Singapore in Triumph because of afore mentioned bevvy.
Saw out his time, but don't know what happened to him after that.

Just in case Harry, that is HMS Triumph, not triumph as such.
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Old 26-07-2009, 22:42
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Hey up there fellow communicators... that's a clue ... plus Trot already made mention of this document a few posts back ... have a shufti:-

http://www.godfreydykes.info/VOL%201...MER%201967.pdf

aaaah twas ever thus for us

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Old 27-07-2009, 06:57
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Can't be sure Trot. I was out in the far flung 66/67 then UK for six months and back out there in 68/69. But I can't remember which of the ships he was on.
I'm sure you're right Little H. I remember in the old days some of the old salts could extract alcohol from anything. I was often told of those who would strain the contents of fire extinguishers through pusser's handkerchiefs containing aspirin and drink the results. Don't know if it was true of whether they were just pulling my leg.
Do you remember the couple at Kranji W/T who were an item? I do remember the old salts in the office laughing about a time when all the ships logged on to CCN for the 2000 sched and before the traffic list the operator sent, "Hold on boys just putting on a new face!"


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Old 27-07-2009, 14:42
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Bletchley Park – Home of the Codebreakers

Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum. More incredible than fiction, the story of Bletchley Park was a desperate race against time. The mission of the codebreakers such as Alan Turing, was to crack Germany’s coded communications.

The ornate Victorian Mansion was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War and well worth a visit and of special interest to ex sparkers.

The house can now be hired for conferences and weddings and in the grounds housed in the original huts can be found replicas of the first computers, Colossus Mk’s 1 & 2, and the Bombe that was a machine that was used for the automatic recovery of Enigma message keys. These can be seen working as they would have during WWII. Also on display is the German Enigma cipher machine.

Whilst in the area we also paid a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Aerodrome, again both my wife and myself found this very interesting.

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Old 27-07-2009, 16:07
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Can't be sure Trot. I was out in the far flung 66/67 then UK for six months and back out there in 68/69. But I can't remember which of the ships he was on.
I'm sure you're right Little H. I remember in the old days some of the old salts could extract alcohol from anything. I was often told of those who would strain the contents of fire extinguishers through pusser's handkerchiefs containing aspirin and drink the results. Don't know if it was true of whether they were just pulling my leg.
Do you remember the couple at Kranji W/T who were an item? I do remember the old salts in the office laughing about a time when all the ships logged on to CCN for the 2000 sched and before the traffic list the operator sent, "Hold on boys just putting on a new face!"


Best wishes
Jan
Remember hearing that they had put something in "Ormig Juice" to provoke and instant "Technicolour Yawn", and bring about a prolonged period of calling for "New York". Had evidence of this at Yeovilton when a certain Irish Sparker decided to take a swig, and spent half an hour outside trying to cough his stomach through the mouth.
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Old 27-07-2009, 16:09
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Bletchley Park – Home of the Codebreakers

Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum. More incredible than fiction, the story of Bletchley Park was a desperate race against time. The mission of the codebreakers such as Alan Turing, was to crack Germany’s coded communications.

The ornate Victorian Mansion was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War and well worth a visit and of special interest to ex sparkers.

The house can now be hired for conferences and weddings and in the grounds housed in the original huts can be found replicas of the first computers, Colossus Mk’s 1 & 2, and the Bombe that was a machine that was used for the automatic recovery of Enigma message keys. These can be seen working as they would have during WWII. Also on display is the German Enigma cipher machine.

Whilst in the area we also paid a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Aerodrome, again both my wife and myself found this very interesting.

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Old 27-07-2009, 16:47
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Bletchley. Remember it well, I think. Good bar!

yep for 6 months (interesting observing the ex-sparkers trying to become civvies) but we went to and fro home every weekend in conjunction with a stretch on courses at the old Benhall, this time B & B weekdays then same routine etc etc.
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Old 27-07-2009, 21:20
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Had meself a nice little basement flat for the Benhall segment. Wrong end of town of course, but a good time was had by all. Well, me anyway, if you know what I mean 'arry?
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Old 27-07-2009, 22:21
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Had meself a nice little basement flat for the Benhall segment. Wrong end of town of course, but a good time was had by all. Well, me anyway, if you know what I mean 'arry?
Yeh kno wot ya meanz mate!!!

http://www.cheltenham4u.co.uk/benhal...C+The+Reddings

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Old 27-07-2009, 22:34
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The house can now be hired for conferences and weddings and in the grounds housed in the original huts can be found replicas of the first computers, Colossus Mk’s 1 & 2, and the Bombe that was a machine that was used for the automatic recovery of Enigma message keys. These can be seen working as they would have during WWII. Also on display is the German Enigma cipher machine.

might I suggest that if you use this link and scroll down to the aerial view, then follow instructions to click on various buildings ... it provides an at home tour to whet your appetite:-

http://www.colindaylinks.com/bletchley/index.html

Trot can you pick out the accommodation hut now?
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I didn't know that you worked at Hush hush, nod, nod, win, wink, look around to see if anyone was listening land at Cheltenham!!!!!!

Did you meet James Bond on one of his visits to "Q" to get his secret weapons?
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Looking at the site and new building. I believe the Architect based it on the Pentagon over here in Washington. But didn't tell the builder how many sides there were to a pentagon. Is this true or is it Hush Hush as well?
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I didn't know that you worked at Hush hush, nod, nod, win, wink, look around to see if anyone was listening land at Cheltenham!!!!!!

Did you meet James Bond on one of his visits to "Q" to get his secret weapons?
Dave that is what my posts about Singapore and HK sites are all about!!! as well as the exchanges about caring for fresh tatties in s/m's - kno wot i meanz, n ovva places and situations as well mate!

we woz the pathfinders for JB so t'was safe for im to go n Q made his gizmo's n responz to us findins... kno wot i meanz sum more

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Shows what I know about it. I thought that they were general communications centres and relay sites!!!!
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cop yer peepers on this site (5 parts) over next few weeks ... plenty to get yer teef inta:-

http://www.secret-bases.co.uk/secret.htm

enjoy... at some stages you might want to give up - the pics is good as well

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Looking at the site and new building. I believe the Architect based it on the Pentagon over here in Washington. But didn't tell the builder how many sides there were to a pentagon. Is this true or is it Hush Hush as well?
Don't get hung up on us always following our cousins across the pond.. we is Brits and:-
tis the old addage.. wot comes round goes round... so that way nuffink ever gets out and into the wrong hands
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I am sure that you were P.V.d to get these hush hush wink wink jobs. I was P.V.d to go to Warrior. I had a retired Commander from D.N.S.Y. come to my house to interview me. I thought that it would be routine. I had to give my Parents place of birth. My Dad made a mistake with the number of the house that he was born in. When the Commander came in, my questionnaire was changed and the correct number of the house was inserted in red ink. He actually asked me why I put the wrong number in.
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