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A run ashore / 2011 Reunion
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:03:02 AM »
Don't forget it's the Coventry Reunion Friday 30th September until Sunday 2nd October.


Naval History / Re: The photos of Albert Edward Foulkes WW" 1939-45
« on: August 01, 2011, 07:43:20 PM »
I've got the pictures and will be uploading them all to the gallery over the next few days. I've also got something in the pipeline so that we can all enjoy George's album.

I'd like to thank Stan - he's done a great job with the album, hopefully I can do his hard work some justice.


Odds and sods / Re: Unwanted postings!!
« on: June 09, 2011, 08:05:56 PM »
Hi Gary,

Sorry to see that the site has been invaded, however the majority (if not all) of these postings are done automatically. Keeping one step ahead of them is proving to be a bit of a task, and I will look again at beefing up the registration security. I don't want to make it too hard so that some genuine people are put off from joining, but then the invasion of wasters is beginning to get a bit tiresome.


The lighter side / Where's that ship?
« on: November 23, 2009, 10:01:58 PM »
Has anyone ever wanted to check the shipping movements? Well now you can in real time.


The Ops Room / Re: New Website Features
« on: November 19, 2009, 02:03:17 PM »
Afternoon shipmates!

I've not managed to find an online uckers game, but near the top of the screen is a new tab - Arcade. It's got games galore, all free and just a bit of fun.



A run ashore / Re: 2009 Reunion
« on: October 11, 2009, 10:24:43 PM »
I've got back from my first reunion and I'd like to pen my thoughts - hopefully I'll not tread on too many toes and bruise too many egos.

Firstly though, I'd like to thank everyone who helped a poor little lost web designer feel welcome!

The Venue

Central Coventry for the first time visitor is not a great place to be looking for the hotel whilst trying to navigate through the ring road traffic, looking for some street names and keeping up with the traffic is not a great start (especially after the M6!)

The Hotel itself could do with a bit of a make-over, the rooms are a little tired. Clean, but tired - little things like a broken sink plug, a dripping shower head and a TV with a purple cast all add up to less than favourable first impressions.

Car parking? You mean I have to pay? And it's not part of the hotel? Other hotels have staff to park your car if the car park is off site. It's not a big thing, but for those with mobility problems it's something to think of.

First Impressions

Other than Stan, I had never met any of you - I'd seen some photos, but never met any of you in the flesh. When I arrived, the RAF held centre stage, with the Victorious hidden away. The Victorious desk was not manned - a glaring omission for first timers. A meet and greet for your shipmates and their guests would go a long way to put people at their ease. Could the committee to institute a rota, give a programme of events and maybe a page with pictures of other committee members. A cup of coffee for the weary traveller and a friendly greeting go a long, long way.

Food and Drink

A really nice evening meal on the Friday, a great venue with nice table sizes. The venue afterwards looked a little bare - not sure if that is a problem, but I would have liked to see loads of pictures, etc.

The Gala dinner was a bit of a "curate's egg". The venue was really well decorated, an interesting and informative display. The table looked lovely - Stan's models as the centerpieces were stunning. I'll describe it as cosy when we sat down though! A few inches extra would make all the difference (insert actress / bishop joke here! ;D). The food was good, no problems at all.

The entertainment, speeches and quiz were all excellent. The bar prices were very good.

Breakfast was a bit of a let down though. The staff were very slow to clear and re-set the tables. I had to take a cup from another table - I would have thought that setting a table would include a cup! A long wait for toast - inexcusable at breakfast.

This sounds really negative, and it's not meant to be - it's just the observations of someone who has never been to conference before.

I'd like to thank everyone who made me feel welcome and for all the hard work that all of you put in to making the weekend a success.


Naval History / Re: Do you hear there?
« on: July 26, 2009, 11:30:34 AM »
Cheers Stan, and others - I'm busy with school hols at the moment, but making the video is continuing.


Naval History / Re: Do you hear there?
« on: July 15, 2009, 10:03:53 PM »
Stan, it's certainly possible to put all of these onto a DVD - maybe one to sell at the reunion?

Could anyone supply me with a huge supply of WW2 photos or pictures of the WW2 members?


Naval History / Re: Do you hear there?
« on: July 15, 2009, 09:10:01 PM »
I've had a bit of a play with the files. It's a slow process, but here's the first one set to video


Faces / Interesting video - HMS Victorious 64/65 commision
« on: July 11, 2009, 10:29:47 PM »
No sound. Any one recognise the faces?


TV and Film / Buccaneer Video.
« on: July 11, 2009, 10:23:55 PM »
OK, it's all in hun, but a great bit of film from 66.


Naval History / Do you hear there?
« on: July 07, 2009, 09:21:25 PM »
Stan has sent me (rather circuitously) a selection of audio recordings from an ex-commander of the Vic. These are now on the site, and over the next few days I'll try to add them all into a dedicated page on the main site.  If anyone has any information or pictures from this time would they contact me so that I can "flesh out" the page.

The recordings are all in .mp3 format and can be downloaded or played on most computers. They can even be transferred to ipods and personal mp3 players.



Odds and sods / Re: General chit chat
« on: June 08, 2009, 08:38:22 PM »

  James area 6  is that your web site ?,  if so pleased you have used one of my video`s, (HMS GANGES) taken on a normal camera   :)   Dave 

It is Dave, just trying to get a few more people on there.


Faces / Re: Welcome to New Website
« on: May 11, 2009, 04:20:35 PM »

Frank Lampard will no longer be gracing these shores!

He looked a little like this....

There's been quite a few new sign ups lately, not sure what's going on, but I'll tighten a few things up.


Naval History / Re: Gurka VC at Terror Barracks
« on: May 03, 2009, 08:16:34 AM »
Are you sure of the date Stan?

Limbu RAMBAHADUR received the VC for valour in Borneo.

London Gazette Citation (page 1)
London Gazette Citation (page 2)


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