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PostPosted: 04 Nov 2007 23:50 
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Your dead right buddy in what you say.
I for one am glad I never signed on, on reflection.
I know its a lot easier to get out now a days. When I was in you signed
your life away at the tender age of fifteen, and there was no chance of
getting out till you had done your wack.
Looking back I remember a young lad who couldn't take it. He was a
nice gentle sort, not at all like us ruffians. His parents tried everything,
wrote to the News of the World and all sorts. As he was a gentle soul,
others used to pick on him, and he ended up hanging himself.
Very sad in a rough and brutal life as it was then. I definately think that
it brutalised us, and thats obviously what they wanted to do.
As you say we believed it, and enjoyed it, because thats all we knew.


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G'day all.

Aye you are right there "H", there are some guys especially if they joined as either Boy or Junior seaman, [or sailors] which ever is the correct name now in this time of enlightenment, who should have been allowed to come out with an honourable discharge as unsuitable, but nothing bad written on their service documents.

We had a poor wee Junior seaman in the TAS mess on one of the ships, and the poor wee bugger went out the Far Flung with us, but when we arrived back to Guz, there was some big NP'men, and RPO's on the Jetty and he was told just after we secured to the Jetty: That his service was no longer required!!. Another guy, went the same time, he deserted in Hong Kong, went over the border to China, stayed at a Collective Farm or whatever they were called, for a week before he realized that he had made a blue, and came back to the ship. He only received No.9's for this offence. All the cruise he used to be reading Karl Marx, Chairman Moe, and all that guff.

So both him and the wee junior seaman, were just taken off the ship,i.e. escorted by the patrolmen, not even allowed to pack their kit, it was packed and sent ashore to them, where ever they were until the were sent out of Jagos Mansion's, I'm not sure of the young fella, but the A/B had the corner of his papers torn of, so that wouldn't do him any good

We never even found out if he did any time in either Colchester, or Whale Island DQ's.

There definately are some guys who will never make sailors as long as their duck runs point downwards

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Nothing wrong with Chairman Mao! back in '65 / 66 on the Scarboro my mate and I used to read a quote at night just before pipedown to the entire messdeck! Used to carry my copy of the Thoughts in paperback form in my eights shirt pocket during the day! Every body knew I had it, but nothing happened!

Several months later the boss noticed My shirt was no longer all that heavy - made the comment "Got rid of that bloody book then?" 'yes sir, diddn't work' - he smiled and walked away!


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I remember those little red books S/W. Lots of guys had them at the time
for a look see. Probably they thought they were being a bit radical.
The rubbish matelots collect on trips out the FES.
I remember once buying a moving talking toy for a neice before they ever
came out in the shops back home. And the dirty pictures always went
down with your mates in the local pub. There was lots of stuff that just
wasn't available in the shops in the UK at that time. A transistor I
brought back from H.K. was a real novelty.


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Trouble was Harry I bought mine In THE UK - English translation!!! He said a lot of truth - trouble was it was all wrapped up in political dogma! Now if it had been anybody else it would have been a best seller (it was? Oh? in China - yeah but they didn't have much of a choice did they!!)

Incidentally was a presentation to some 300 of the PJM in Plymouth Yesterday, in the Stonehouse Amenities Club (built actually in 'shit creek', the bridge is no longer there - well its no longer a bridge its a sea wall now and the creek is filled in - still smells a bit though! According to the powers that be it was to be some 600 so there was room for others, WHO wern't invited! Like me! Unfortunately I'm not a member of the Malaya Self Appointed Heros Club (NMBVA), can't really be bothered! I don't really want to talk about it (bullshit more like) but it would be nice to receive the medal like the rest!


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Harry H wrote:
I remember those little red books S/W. Lots of guys had them at the time
for a look see. Probably they thought they were being a bit radical.
The rubbish matelots collect on trips out the FES.
I remember once buying a moving talking toy for a neice before they ever
came out in the shops back home. And the dirty pictures always went
down with your mates in the local pub. There was lots of stuff that just
wasn't available in the shops in the UK at that time. A transistor I
brought back from H.K. was a real novelty.


I bet those little red books were realy A.F.Os, dont see many of those in W.H. Smiths. :lol:

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One of my pet hate with officers was the way some of them addressed us, a name I hated was laddie. When I was on the Eagle I was scrubbing the accomodation ladder, a two and a half ringer shouted" hey laddie" I carried on scrubbing , again" hey you laddie" then he shouted" hey you sailor down the ladder scrubbing are you deaf" I looked up and said" sorry sir were you talking to me I did hear someone calling a dog " he actualy said sorry. :evil:

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Trouble is most of the old school Naval Officer thinks he is being one of the lads if he addresses you in what he euphamistically thinks is a 'chummy' way!

The other one is "sonny"! the three badgeman calls you 'sonny' because hes your seadad and is entitled too - and you accept it without question! The sub lieutenant calls you that and wonders why he gets a mouthful, for fucks sake he's a year younger than you how can he call you son? Numpty!! :(


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When I was on the Tireless I always caught look out duties with a real
hoo ray Henry who was about seventyth in line for the throne. He had
a real toffs accent and I used to hate him, and him me. If he ever wanted
a mug of kai he used to send me down to get him one. The bridge ladder
was a vertical one and a pig to try and get a cup of kai up in roughers.
So I caught on to the idea after he complained of half cups, to take a gulp
at the bottom and spit it back in when near the top. When we paid off
I was in the wardroom whilst he told me what he had written on my
papers. I listened to what he said, but he did say you were the only one
who ever got a full mug for me on the bridge. Then I told him how I did
it. He went white, but I was leaving the boat that day.


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Far better on skimmers Harry - we had the luxury of a kettle and stuff on the bridge! Made you own whenever you wanted it! (and when you make your own no b....... lookout is going to piss in it is he?) mind you when I was third mate on the banana boats one particular trip (Hondurainian Crew) the lookout used to go down half way through his watch, and come back with an open tin of coke, and a smile on his face - second part of the watch he was always a happy chappy! One day I grabbed his coke can and took a swig - shit!!!! about 80% rum!! Shit himself did he? So I explained the rules if he didn't want to get in the poo! After that..........he became my permanent watchman, and my bar bill dropped! Now I wonder why that was? :shock: :lol:




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