Hitching a Ride in Uniform

bubble carisetta-minibubble car 26bb2fd3940ca3056734afc0dd0b36dd7 My old shipmate gave me the idea for today’s blog, He mentioned our long ago Navy days of hitch hiking in uniform. Of course we were an irresistible lot in those days, it was very hard for a person to drive by without stopping to pick up us poor wee sailors!!!!!! In yesterdays blog I talked about the difficulties of travelling by British Railways. I didn’t always go by train, some times due to the lack of finances I had to use my trusty thumb. Hitching in the late 1950’s early 1960’s was still a safe and a fairly reliable means of travel, especially in uniform. It was  often faster than the train! I enjoyed rides in a large variety of different vehicles. Some times posh Jags, some times ratty Minis, once  a Royal Navy ambulance, another time a farmers hay wagon, a bit slow. However the most memorable ride was in a BMW Bubble car (as in the photos). I must have been considerably thinner in those days, because if you look closely at the seating capacity, you might wonder how three people could fit into that little car. I was amazed when it stopped for me because there was already a young man and woman in the basic two seater. Nevertheless, I was squeezed in the middle of the front seat and carried on to the next town. I had to be very careful not to move too much, the young lady might have taken offense!!!or maybe the guy!!!it was indeed an intimate ride. One thing I never completely understood about those days was the Plymouth/Portsmouth transit. On weekends many sailors stationed in Plymouth hitch hiked to Portsmouth, and sailors stationed in Portsmouth hitch hiked to Plymouth?????? I guess the Navy made a point of never stationing us were our wives/girl friends lived. God Bless and keep reading.

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On The Rails

trainThe photo of the old steam engine posted on FB by my nephew from Bristol spike a memory from my distant past. Sailors today can hop on a plane and be home an hour later. Heck! they can even get home for a weekend. In my time in the Navy we started leave in the morning around 0800 hrs. Caught the Portsmouth train to London, it was known as a milk run because it stopped at every station along the route. And believe me there were many stations along the route. I arrived in London about noon time, had lunch and made my way via the tube trains to Liverpool Street station. Then at approximately 3.30pm the  train pulled out heading for Heysham and the Belfast ferry. We arrived at 11 pm and had to walk about a half mile hauling our luggage to reach the steamer. It left at about midnight and arrived at the Belfast docks  in the early morning hours (6 am). I then had to walk up town to wait for a bus to take me on the final leg of my journey . Sailors pay being what it was we couldn’t afford taxis. I arrived at my front door at about 7.30 am. I was dirty and tired but glad to have arrived home. The Navy allowed us 14 days leave three times a year, Easter, Summer and Christmas, but at least they realized the guys from places like Belfast needed travelling time,  we actually had 16 days leave, two days for travel. Rough times indeed, no so bad going home knowing I had 14 days leave ahead, but Oh Boy!!! hell coming back.

God Bless and keep reading

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Another Poor Arsenal Performance

arsenal pennentOh Dear!! another miserable performance by Arsenal, they only manage to tie Hull City 2-2, and only by the skin of their teeth. They scored first early in the first half and the game looked like plain sailing for the gunners. A couple of minutes later Hull equalized. In the opening minutes of the second half Hull scored again to lead the game 2-1. Luckily for Arsenal there was six minutes of stoppage time played and they managed to rescue a point with a last minute goal. Its not good enough for a team of Arsenals caliber, they presently sit sixth in the league table when at this time last year they were the league leaders. Come on Gunners we want and need better from you.

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The Provincial PC’s–The Blue Ripple!!!!

Gail SheaI can’t believe the Provincial Conservatives have once more dug up a possible Leadership candidate from the bottom of the barrel!!!Isn’t it time someone told them that the cream rises to the top, and to get off the bottom looking for a leader. They have to date come up with some real losers, Shea only being the latest. Surely they should be looking within their own membership for a new bright,young up and coming leader. A fresh face with no baggage no history and certainly no ties to Steven Harper. I will re-post below a blog I sent out sometime ago on this subject, it illustrates how little has changed within the PC party of PEI

The PC Blue Wave!!!!Seeing Red

Is the good ship SS Leaderless riding the crest of the Blue Wave? or is it sailing into disaster on the rocks of Election Rumour???. The latter appears to be the most likely outcome. Sadly the captain and crew seem completely incapable of steering to safer waters. Many of the crew are already donning life jackets and jumping ship. Blake Doyle, the party president, jumped a few days ago, The only real hope to lead the party to a victory in the next election was Olive Crane but she was forced to walk the plank ( the crew have lots of planks). When that happened Hal Perry saw red!!he was so angry he joined the enemy. In the turbulent waters of politics the PC’s have struggled to right the ship with some really stupid ideas. They first talked of bringing back Horace Carver to take the helm, Maybe he was smart enough to turn them down. More recently they have come up with the most unlikely candidate to right the ship. Kevin MacAdam, he is young, handsome and a master of patronage. This is the guy who was appointed by Peter MaKay to ACOA with a salary of $130,000 per year. He has been drawing that salary for the last three years while not actually working for ACOA. Instead, he has been studying French in Ottawa.  If the PC’s think MacAdam is the answer they had better batten down the hatches and shut the water tight doors, the rocks are near. It pains me to say it, but even Robert Ghiz is smart enough to see the rocks ahead. It is his opportunity to re-launch the leaking Liberal ship into another four years of plain sailing through deficit seas.  The Blue Wave is about to wash away the hopes and dreams of a new government for Islanders in the next election. It seems almost inevitable we will see a Sea of Red while the Blue Wave crashes onto the shore washing away the fading colours of Blue, Green and Orange.. If there is to be even a Blue ripple of hope for the PC party they need to find a new smart young leader and stop wasting time looking to has beens such as Carver and MacAdam. How about someone like Brad Trivers? he is new, young, smart and at least as handsome as MacAdam!!!!! And that is how I sea the tide coming and going

God Bless and keep reading

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A Bit of British Humour!!!!

british humourEnough Church Stuff!! How about a bit of humour for a change????

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and Iraq and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.
The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.
Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”
The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.
John Cleese ,
British writer, actor and tall person
And as a final thought – Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.
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Bravo to the Catholic Church (Seismic Shift)

popeWow!!! can you believe it, what marvelous news. What a huge shift in Catholic Church policy. This is something I have fought so hard for on my blog for so long. I confess for the most part I truly thought my words were falling on deaf ears. Please understand I’m not claiming any credit for this great policy change, yet I feel that in some small way I have played a part. Getting the word out is all important, doing the right thing is all important and today I believe the Worlds largest Christian community have finally done the right thing. Unfortunately we now have to wait and see if other evangelistic denominations (Baptist-Pentecost-Salvation Army etc) will find the courage to do the same. If not, they will surely find themselves a small insignificant minority group slipping into oblivion.  Please read on!


Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays and lesbians on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided them “precious” support.

In a preliminary report halfway through a Vatican meeting on family life, the bishops also said the church must recognize the “positive” aspects of civil unions and even Catholics who live together, with the aim of bringing them to a lifelong commitment in a church wedding.

The report summarized the closed-door debate that Pope Francis initiated to discuss a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance rather than condemnation, and it will guide discussions until a final document is issued Saturday.

“For the LGBT Catholics in the United States and around the world, this new document is a light in the darkness — a dramatic new tone from a church hierarchy that has long denied the very existence of committed and loving gay and lesbian partnerships,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBT rights organization in the U.S.

The bishops were clearly taking into account the views of the pope, whose “Who am I to judge?” comment about LGBT people signalled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had “gifts and qualities” to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.”

‘Stunning change’

For a 2,000-year-old institution that teaches that gay sex is “intrinsically disordered,” even posing the question was significant.

“This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic church speaks of gay people,” said Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. “The synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did.”

The bishops repeated that gay marriage was off the table. But their report acknowledged that gay partnerships had merit.

“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners,” they said.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group, said that though the report repeats doctrine about gay marriage, “the move toward accepting and valuing the gifts of gay and lesbian people is a major step forward.”

For heterosexuals, the bishops said the church must grasp the “positive reality of civil weddings” and even cohabitation, with the aim of helping the couple commit eventually to a church wedding.

Wow!! I feel great!!! God Bless and keep reading

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God! — Maybe They Have Learned???

one man-woman377676_380461248692648_566911204_nHowever, it seems unlikely they have learned very much, perhaps they have learned to be silent when proved wrong and have no smart answers. Its sad when I think how many of these bigots have pointed out Leviticus 18:22 to me on this blog when I write positively about the homosexual community. They were obviously not as impressed as I by the comments of Prof Kauffman. Not a dicky bird of response, and so strange because these same people are so vocal within the safe circles of their like minded friends. Their failure to oppose or even comment on Prof Kauffman’s remarks show a marked degree of cowardice me thinks. So I’m throwing down the gauntlet once more, lets see if we get a response this time. So where are you CeeDee, ex-Matelot,  are you also an ex- submariner? a member of the Silent Service???????????

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.  End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.  Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,

Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education 
University of Virginia 

God Bless and keep reading

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All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor

book cover_0001p52911361I was thinking about this today because Linda is on vacation in San Francisco and it is “Fleet Days” there, the place is crawling with sailors.  As I know all about being a charming sailor I was a wee bit concerned she might find a younger model!!!! I mean old age is not a disadvantage, look at me in the photo in my seventies with a beautiful woman on each arm. We sailors are quite irresistible,handsome,charming,dashing and great lovers!!!!! So I’m sure you can see why I would have concern for Linda, but fingers crossed she’ll be home on Wednesday.

Memories of an Old Sailor

I am ashore for good now and grow wistful about my Royal Navy days, when I was young and a new adventure was ever over the horizon.

Stamped on my brain is my Official Number and an anchor where my heart is.

Numbers will never be the same again:

Uniforms: Number 1s 2s 3s 8s 10s 10As

Punishments: Number 9s, 14s

Even as times change, and young matelots take over from old seadogs, some things will never change.

The old days were always harder.

The recruits always looked younger.

Official Numbers were always smaller.

The waves were always bigger.

The girls were as good looking in Pompey (Portsmouth) as they were in Guzz (Devonport).

Your last ship was always the best.

If I haven’t been there, it doesn’t exist – or we blew it off the map.

Only a sailor knows, I was a sailor once and I know.

I look back and realise it was not just a job, it was a way of life. A life where shipmates were a family never to be forgotten.

I was part of the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy will always be part of me.

Just joking about Linda!!! how could she ever find a more charming old sailor than me?????

God Bless and keep reading

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Remembrance Day is Near

robbyphotoI thought I would re-post a blog from about this time last year. I’m still wondering if any thing has changed at the Legion regarding the wearing of decease members medals on the right hand side? I have not heard any thing that would lead me to think it has changed. Maybe we need to become more vocal on the subject of this silly regulation. The legion might show more concern over politicians wearing politically awarded medals at Remembrance day services. Last year I was disappointed to see Wayne Easter sitting among veterans and guests wearing no less than three medals. Its as if he was posing as a veteran, and I wondered how many people would know the difference? Mr Easter has not to my knowledge served in any branch of the Armed Services and I find it insulting that he should give the impression he has. At best he might have served hamburgers at a Liberal party BBQ.

Last Years Blog

Please don’t be alarmed the two handsome young men featured with this blog are very much alive and well. However, I’m very concerned about an obscure and very silly law listed with the Canadian Justice System. I only recently I learned of this law when a widow asked the Canadian Legion if she could wear her late husbands medals (on the right side). I was stunned to learn she would be breaking the law if she did!!!As I originally came from the UK where there is no such law I merely assumed it would be the same here. New Zealand, Australia and the UK all allow the wearing of deceased members medals on such occasions as Remembrance day etc. To have it illegal in Canada is absolutely ludicrous. why on Earth should a widow or mother son or daughter grandchild etc be denied the opportunity to honour a late veterans service to his or her country. Merely displaying them in a framed picture that hangs in the hallway (claimed by the nay sayers) is a poor excuse for not allowing the wearing of the same in public. My father served in the First World War, my brother in the Second World War and I served during the Cold War. I would feel proud if any of these medals continued to be worn to Remembrance Day ceremonies long after I`m gone. I wonder how the law would deal with me if I turned up wearing my fathers WW1medals (They are lost) on the right side. They were issued in the UK and are British War Medals, the law in England says I can wear them.  I doubt I would be thrown in jail, so lets get rid of this silly law once and for all. This is not about pretend soldiers wearing medals they have not earned, that might have been the case shortly after the Wars end in 1945 but isn`t today. No reason on Earth why a relative should not proudly honour a late veteran by wearing his or her medals. That is my view on the situation, what is yours. I’m more concerned about politicians sporting three and four medals at Remembrance Day services giving the impression they too are veterans. The medals they wear are for well fed well paid federal MP’s

God Bless and keep reading

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Tribute to Seniors!!

tom and II must confess I was a wee bit disappointed with the response to yesterdays blog. I thought Prof Kauffman’s retort to Dr Laura’s radio comments was quite brilliant. Yet only one person shared my blog and over all the response was poor. I did not of course expect any opposing views to be aired and none were. After all the opposition really didn’t have a leg to stand on. No doubt they are presently searching the Bible to find a suitable and selective answer,  I doubt they will ever find one.

Anyway enough on the subject for now! How about a bit of humour from our Senior citizens.

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not try to blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,

The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The togetherness out of the family,

The learning out of education,

The service out of patriotism,

The Golden Rule from rulers,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement or

God out of government and school.

Something to think about as you go about your work today,

God Bless and keep reading

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