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Jack Edwards



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:01 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Blimey! I,m suitably impressed. You must have had a tent,you can't have been in any place long enough for anything else. I expect to see you under canvas in the Dingle or on Colwyn Bay Beach soon! TTFN Jack. P.S. Carry on camping!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well blow me down,shipmates don't miss Charlotte Honeychurch's new posting on 'Hello Boys' Now come on 1960'ers you can't resist replying can you?  Oh well,please yourselves! Dah,my apologies,I completely missed your Christmas message due to the technicalities of the new system! TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best day so far chaps. Managed to shave myself,clean my teeth and generally refresh my smelly self !
going to lunch on LOMO good quality beef,mash and peas which means that my appetite is returning.
May I wish all of you a rather late happy new year.
My next colonoscopy has been deferred for six more weeks, apparently the  !clinic think I am not yet strong enough which is rubbish but a welcome respite.
enough of me, what is going on ? I notice that Jack and Alan,s tavern has been demolished to make way for a more sophisticated hostelry,hope it attracts some of the "smart" set !!!!!who can post in the "Queen's" english. not that the prior imbibers could not when sober !

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Jack Edwards



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling down in the dumps,Liverpool just lost to of all teams Man,United,when, WOW,our Alan returns,saved my day O.M. Great news,take care TTFNJack.
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Don Armour



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, welcome back Alan, it's good to know that you're improving.

Like Jack, I was having a couple of minor problems with the new construction Tavern, specifically, it no longer reminded me when a new message was posted - I've sorted that out now, so business as usual (I hope).

I say chaps, Jack calling me a cad? What next, rapscallion? Scoundrel? Blackguard? MOUNTEBANK, even?

Oh, OK, it's a fair cop Guv, you got me bang to rights. (Twirls moustache, laughs evilly and disappears off to find a convenient railway line).

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don,was my Good Ship Yakki etc correct? Mates I've been thinking(I heard that too Don!) I'm not too happy with this Hostilery stuff. I miss the feel of the good old Tavern with visions of pirates with parrots on their shoulders,eye patches etc and busty barmaids dishing out Captain Morgan rum. The mob singing the old sea shanties. O.K. I'm balmy or barmy whichever you prefer. What think you,you two stalwarts of the Spanish Main? If we say Tavern would it be possible to turn back the clock? TTFN Jack.
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Don Armour



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Jack, of course you were right in your answer.

I have no strong feelings about the name, it's the company that counts, mind you, piracy is a pretty hostile activity (so Hostilery is not a wholly inappropriate name, besides, we seem to have alienated most of the population anyway - they never visit, they never phone!) and the smuggling of parrots is prohibited too.

As for busty barmaids and Captain Morgan Rum, well, OK I've put on a little weight in my later years but I would hardly describe myself as busty and my preference is for a decent malt these days, seeing as I can no longer get Four Bells Rum nor the PROPER Navy Neaters (as opposed to the stuff that passes itself off under that name).

Never mind, we may quaff an ale or two over the Reunion weekend and do what all Ancient Mariners do, lament for days past and bemoan the fate of the albatross.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Alan,Amigo,it's up to you,there's one vote for Tavern,none for Hostilery and one 'don't care' I don't want to influence you of course,but it would be a RUM do if you chose Hostilery. Mates,do you think some of our ex contributors feel a twinge of guilt about deserting us? Or do they 'don't give a damn?' Where have I heard that before?TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Don,just seen your answer to my solving of your poser. I should have gone to Specsavers! TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would, likewise, not wish to influence you Alan, even towards indifference, all I will say is:

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
 By any other name would smell as sweet;"

Wise words from guess who?...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The immortal words of our Will are they not from Romeo and Juliet/ He could write a bit couldn't he? 'But,soft!,what light through yonder window breaks'.  Alan pay no attention to blandishments from airmen bearing gifts! Hostliery indeed? No place for honest seafarers to partake of their drinks. Don,I did see that Malta programme. I was amazed at the incompetence of the commanders! TTFN Tavern rules O.K? Jack.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are indeed the words of the Immortal Bard, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2 which begins, (almost - it's the second line) as you so rightly say, "But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks".

Yes, once again, the arrogance ans incompetence of the commanders in that programme on Malta was absolutely staggering and, once again good people died needlessly.

Later on they had Bristol Beaufighters, which my father served on, (as a Navigator/Wireless Op/Air Gunner) if they'd have deployed them earlier the story might have been somewhat different, they packed quite a punch, armed with 4 x 20mm cannons and 6 x .303 machine guns, twin engined with a top speed of about 300mph at around 15,000 ft.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good programme tonight on BBC4,Don,on model railways. A weakness of mine but I never really had a big layout.,just the old circle of rails. TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Model railways have never been a passion of mine, instead, I watched part 4 of David Attenborough's series on Africa, absolutely wonderful, fascinating subject matter and the photography is simply STUNNING.

It's yet another triumph for the BBC's Natural History Unit and I'm sure that like many of its previous programmes, the Unit will be in line for another award.

I cannot speak highly enough of the work of this unit, you can watch the current series on the BBC iPlayer website if you have a mind to, well worth watching.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don,just finished watching that video on Russian ship based aircraft. How do they compare with our and the Americans gear? Any of this action similar to your service? TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no specific knowledge of the relative capabilities, however, we tended to assume that the Sovs had less sophisticated equipment, something they made up for with significant numbers of troops, vessels, vehicles and aircraft.

Of course, the advantages of relatively low tech are cheapness of production, ease of maintenance and often robustness, a classic example is the AK47 and its derivatives, it was designed to be very simple and to be Russian conscript-proof.

It was said that Soviet armoured personnel carriers could be assembled in a field by a group of peasants, as long as they understood how a tractor worked, whether or not that is true, I can't say.

Looking at footage of some of their more modern equipment, it certainly SEEMS to be at least on a par with Western equipment (possibly with the help of stolen industrial technology and design!) but I couldn't say for certain.

Certainly, the stuff in the video clip was almost certainly technologically inferior to what we had at the time but they had quite a lot of it and I have absolutely no idea of the skills of their crews.

It never pays either to overestimate or underestimate your potential opponent and I don't think we did (not the sensible ones of us anyway).

Anyway, I'm over 20 years out of the Maritime Surveillance world so things have moved on quite a bit. (Not necessarily in the right direction either!!).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Birthday to you Alan, O.M. out in the wilds of South America. Keep getting stronger,we need you here! Thanks for the armaments Info Don. TTFN Jack.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Happy Birthday Alan


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear of the death of one of my teenage idols,Patty Andrews the last surviving ,member of the vocal trio The Andrews Sisters. What a group, marvelous harmonies. Bit before your time maybe Don? Alan will remember them though. Ah well to the strains of Boogy Woogie Bugle Boy,on my stereo,I'll say TTFN, Jack.  P.S. Stereo?Shows how old fashioned I am,all you with your I-pods,space phones etc!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed sad, she was 94, that's no age really is it?

You are quite right Jack, they were before my time, nevertheless, I have not only heard of them, I have HEARD them and I agree with you on the quality of their harmony.

In fact, I believe that, in the past, I have sent you links to You Tube clips of them.

I too had a high fidelity, stereophonic gramophone!!



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