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Odds and sods / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by stokerstan on Yesterday at 05:16:52 PM »

  Yes the bug has put the mockers on all manner of  things, but hey worse things happen at sea?? ok better things happen at sea as well, but let's put a brave face on things for now.

 You can do pretty much what you want at home,without getting into too much trouble and having your tot stopped,(well some of you can), lots of emails are being dug up, and circulated, and some people are quite pleased to get them. I have seen it likened to the war, but whilst my memory of that period is not clear, I do know that my two elder sisters used to pinch my sweety coupons...
 I stayed very thin in those days, my sister did not. I have made up for it since.
    As the good book says,"All things pass" and be assured that the Reunion will be upon us,and it will be a good do! I shall remind the chef at the hotel that we must have Jam Rolly Poly on the Gala dinner menu as promised,that the lifeboat people owe us a visit to their boat,and the weather is to be good.

    Take Care out there, and Keep well, and keep smiling.   Stan M. XXXX 8) 8)
Odds and sods / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by Dave on April 04, 2020, 08:57:30 AM »
Stay Safe
Odds and sods / Coronavirus
« Last post by Dave on April 02, 2020, 06:29:48 PM »
Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lock down!
Actually I've just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and all of us agreed that things are getting bad.
I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything, and certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant.
In the end though, the iron calmed me down as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing. The hoover was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over!
The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion, and didn’t say anything but the door knob told me to get a grip.
The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to ...
Yes, you guessed it ... pull myself together
A run ashore / Isle -of-Man.
« Last post by stokerstan on March 28, 2020, 04:10:49 PM »
  Went to Isle -of-Man. Place just gone into lock down, mostly shut up. except this place. Little church yard Where Norman Wisdom is buried. Got off the island on the last boat home, thought we might be joining Norman
The lighter side / Re: How to get through lock downs.
« Last post by stokerstan on March 27, 2020, 04:51:08 PM »

   If you have no torch to take to bits, read !! :) :)

   Best read.... Patrick O'Brian.  Master and Commander series. Master and Commander is first of twenty books all brilliant. Easily obtained second hand through Amazon average price (50p each)
A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on March 25, 2020, 10:26:55 PM »
  Well you will no doubt have heard that the bug has shut us down lock stock and bar. However not all bad news. I have had a good conversion with Steve,the manager of the North Euston, and he
Has agreed to simple postpone our visit. He sends his apologies to all our members, and says that immediately the lock down ends, and it is safe for us to travel he will mail me dates for a four day visit, with all the trimmings. Like everyone, he has no idea when the all clear will come, but he promises that mid or late summer he will have the rooms for us, a brilliant Gala dinner, and whatever is open in Fleetwood we will ge. I asked if it gets to late summer and that illuminations have started, will we still get the rooms, and he assures me that if it is the same four day midweek package, we get the booking. I have had contacts from the Lifeboat , and the museum, and they also promise to look after what ever we require.No deposits have been lost, they will simply be transferred to
our new dates.
       As the Creme da la Creme of service associations our Reunion will be the big one !!   Now if that is not something to look forward to,I don't know what is.....and the gardens will be in bloom and
the weather will be good lots of wine free rum... I could go on. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Not quite sure what the Creme thing is about, but hey it sounds good. :-* :-*No snogging allowed till the bug is gone. 8) STAY SAFE AND WELL.
The lighter side / How to get through lock downs.
« Last post by stokerstan on March 24, 2020, 05:10:54 PM »
 Lock downs are not a new thing. I do not mean "Lock In's" where you get to sip drinks all night, but what we have to do to try to dodge THE LERGY, without getting twitchy.

  First really great idea. Widely used if your stuck down the engine room plodding up and down the Persian Gulf, doing a steady 96 rev's for six weeks.Note this is good down the boiler room as well.
Take one pussers torch, every one has one >:( Dismantle it down to its absolute basic parts, and lay them down on the bottom of an up turned doby bucket, easily acquired if you have not got one.
     Check who the dimmest stoker is on your watch, and show him the dismantled torch, being amazed how many bits it needs to make it work. Next discuss how assembling these torches must be quite difficult, and suggest it must take an awful lot of time to get it right. Have difficulty putting your torch together,and accept his help in in putting it back together.Be amazed how easy he made the reassembly appear, get him to take it apart so you can time him in the task. Be very amazed at his speed.Next watch. Advise him you have been practicing assembling a torch, and you think you may be faster than him. Have a race. Be a little annoyed that he wins so easily! He wins the next three tries !!! you are obviously very annoyed and you challenge him !! staking your tot.!!!
         If your nice you let him have sipper of HIS tot..  Beware however there are stokers who are real experts at Pussers Torch assembly! Lots of practice gets you through through long watches.
 p.s. Of course the torch must light up to claim the win, the expert by sleigh of hand can easily nobble the torch spring etc.  ;D
A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by Topsey on March 22, 2020, 10:57:57 PM »
It is with great sadness I have to report that the reunion is postponed due to the country shutting down because of corona virus. Please note that it is POSTPONED not cancelled. Once this lurgy has passed we Will re-book a date suitable to all and uphold the Victorious spirit. In the meantime just remember that the Victorious was the only war machine from all 3 services that saw action in EVERY theatre of war and survived the Korean war the very first Gulf war (way before what is now termed the first one) and the Indonesian uprising (Officially another war) and has survived them all. If Hitler, Tojo, Kim Il-sung,  Abdul Karim Qasim , & Sukarno couldn't beat us then this won't either. Hands of the mess for rum UP SPIRITS.
A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on March 15, 2020, 07:46:29 PM »

   I will be talking to the manager of the North Euston Hotel on the 20th March as to whether the reunion can be held at the date agreed.I am concerned that the government may well bring in number constrictions for meetings etc as has now happened on the continent.
    I have not wanted to suggest that we cancel, regardless of prevailing conditions, as members would lose their deposits and we would still have no reunion. I will if the reunion date is not feasible
 suggest that we postpone the event, leaving deposits, tariffs and arrangements in place until this mess blows over.I expect to be able to put out a decision of go or no go by the 21st.

  The Lifeboat lady contacted me this morning to advise me that a ban has been imposed on the lifeboat station to everyone not a crew member. so we would not be able to visit same. She was quite upset about the issue,as they had made some preparations for our visit.

   I will advise of any developments as I get them. I welcome any views that members may have.  Keep well  Stan M.
A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on March 08, 2020, 12:45:16 PM »

   The North Euston Hotel Manager had reserved in my name 30 nice rooms for the reunion. This was slightly more than we have used in recent reunions in Coventry, and is probably sufficient for our reunion numbers.The manager has mailed me to advise that at this point 27 rooms have been allocated, and has asked if he can now put out these rooms for other possible clients. If this creates a problem for any members,who have not booked but still wish to, get back to me soonest, so I can advise the manager, of course you may end up in the bilges, but they will be nice bilges. Anyone wishing to attend just the Gala dinner, please advise me so the Hotel can ensure the meals and seating numbers are adequate. The manager is very keen to get us the best on the night.

 Confirmation of final details will be circulated in the near future.  Stan M.
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