The Royal Navy and Me

The Royal Navy and Me
Posted on January 31st 2020
by irishroverpei

This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest rank in the Navy. Follow his induction at HMS Ganges, the toughest boy’s training establishment in England, if not the world, and his first assignment to HMS Cockade in time to visit Australia for the opening of the 1956 Olympic games. This is a thoroughly amusing tale, tempered with dark moments of despair, as he visits islands in the South Pacific, tours Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, passes through the Suez Canal en-route to Malta and Gibraltar, helps to capture an Icelandic boarding party during the Cod Wars. He dives in a submarine to play cat and mouse with our Cold War adversaries, surfaces through the polar ice at the top of the world, feel the tension in the submarine as it sinks toward crush depth. Laugh at the antics of his fellow sailors and the strange situations they found themselves in. Learn the meaning of the acronym PASAHB, and sympathize with this naive young sailor as he falls for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
Whether a sailor or a dreamer of the sea, this is one voyage not to bemissed.]

Review from the Editor of the Ganges Gazette
Review from the Ganges Gazette
Following on from ‘Lily & Me’ comes another ‘cracker’ from Fred’s pen, but this time covering his time in the Navy. Ganges, surface ships – Far East and Home Fleet. Girls, with Cupid active with his bow. Joining the Submarine Service with a very good description of life aboard diesel electric ’T’ and ‘A’ class boats. More girls and arrows everywhere, tricked into marriage, children, divorce and part of the 6th Canadian Submarine Squadron based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dick Lloyd Editor-Gazette

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Losing Doctors!!!

It seems to me we are losing doctors at a faster rate than recruiting new ones. There has to be a reason why this continues to happen. According to the few doctors I have spoken with the main problem is with government. The latest doctor to leave Dr Ashish Masureka worked in the QEH Cancer Treatment Centre. This is a huge loss for the centre and for me personally. Dr Ash diagnosed my very rare blood disease, and made the correct decision in the treatment I needed. He scheduled me for chemo treatment, and was quite upset when the health dept refused coverage. My disease was not considered to be cancer so therefore not covered. My MLA and Minister of Health claimed they could not interfere with the dept of health decisions. What? Minister of Health cannot speak on my behalf?? The original cost was estimated at $40.000, but later was revised to a little less than $20.000. I managed to raise enough money with the help of a great many family and friends. After the chemo my disease went into remission as Dr Ash expected. Now this amazing man is leaving and I must cross my fingers I remain in remission. There is something seriously wrong with the health dept, and I believe it is too much government meddling. Doctors should run the dept of health, doctors should not be appointed by government members, but by doctors. The health board should be appointed by health professionals without government interference. Finally doctors should be the people recruiting doctors. God Bless and keep reading

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The Science Deniers???


There are lots of climate deniers, lots of science deniers. They all have one thing in common, a lack of vision. Whether they argue climate change is not happening, or science is wrong. The truth is neither of those things together or separately are important. The one factual truth is the terrible state of the planet. No one can deny the overwhelming plastic pollution. No one can deny the dreadful state of the worlds oceans. The serious and concerning decline of the wildlife populations. The decline of butterflies, bees, birds and a whole array of insects. You may argue the planet is not warming, it is just a normal cycle of history. You may argue that carbon emissions are not serious, but you can’t argue this beautiful planet is not suffering from a massive destructive human foot print. Sooner nor later water will become an issue, food will be in short supply. When that happens there will be dangerous possibilities of a break down of civilization . We still have time, not much time, but if we act now we can possibly avoid the disasters that await future generations. Governments world wide need to act today, not talk about banning this or that in the next couple of years. It has to be today or not at all. God Bless and keep reading

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A Little Weekend Humour

Arm Injury

The brilliant lawyer F. E. Smith once defended a bus driver against claims that his negligence had caused injury to a young man’s arm.

“Will you please show us how high you can lift your arm now?” Smith asked the plaintiff.

The young man obediently raised his arm to shoulder level, his face contorted with apparent pain.

“Thank you,” said Smith. “And now, please, will you show us how high you could lift it before the accident?”

The man’s arm shot above his head.

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My last Harley ride

While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid a roo, lost control and landed in a ditch,

severely banging my head.

Dazed and confused, I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a Merc convertible pulled up with a beautiful woman who asked, “Are you okay?”

As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low cut blouse with alluring cleavage.

“I’m okay, I think.” I replied, as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look.

She said. “Get in and I’ll take you home. I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.”

“That’s very nice of you,” I answered, “but I don’t think my wife will like me doing that!”

“Oh, come now, I’m a nurse,” she insisted. “I need to see if you have any more scrapes and treat them properly.”

Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken, I agreed, but I repeated. “I’m sure my wife won’t like this.”

We arrived at her place which was just few k’s away and after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said. “I feel a lot better but I know my wife is going to be really upset, so I’d better go now.”

“Don’t be silly!” She said with a smile. “Stay for a while. She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?”

“Still under the Harley, I guess.”

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A Rabbi takes confession !

A priest was called away for an emergency. Not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, he called his Rabbi friend and asked him to cover for him.

The Rabbi told him he wouldn’t know what to say, but the priest told him to come on over and he’d stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do.

The Rabbi came and he and the priest are in the confessional. A few minutes later, a woman comes in and says, Father, forgive me for I have sinned.

The priest asks her, “What did you do?”

The woman says, “I committed adultery.”

The Priest asks her, “How many times?”

The woman replies, “Three times.”

The Priest tells her, “Say two Hail Mary’s, put five dollars in the confessional box and go and sin no more.”

A few minutes later a man enters the confessional. He says, “Father, forgive me for I have sinned.”

The Priest asks him, “What did you do?

“The man replied, “I committed adultery.”

The Priest then asks him, “How many times?”

The man answered, “Three times.”

The Priest tells him, “Say two Hail Mary’s, put five dollars in the confessional box and go and sin no more.”

The Rabbi then tells the priest that he thinks he’s got it, so the priest leaves.

A few minutes later another woman enters and says, Father, forgive me for I have sinned.

The Rabbi asks her, “What did you do?”

The woman says, “I committed adultery.”

The Rabbi asks her, “How many times?”

The woman replies, “Once.”

The Rabbi then tells her, “Go and do it two more times. We have a special this week, three for five dollars”

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Legal and Logical

A young Law student, having failed his Law exam, goes up to his crusty old professor, who is renowned for his razor-sharp legal mind.
Student: “Sir, do you really understand everything about this subject?”

Professor: “Actually, I probably do. Otherwise I wouldn’t be a professor, would I?”

Student: “OK. So I’d like to ask you a question. If you can give me the correct answer, I will accept my marks as it is. If you can’t give me the correct answer, however, you’ll have to give me an “A”.

Professor: “Hmmmm, alright. So what’s the question?”

Student: “What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal?”

The professor wracks his famous brain, but just can’t crack the answer. Finally he gives up and changes the student’s failing mark into an “A” as agreed, and the student goes away, very pleased.

The professor continues to wrack his brain over the question all afternoon, but still can’t get the answer. So finally he calls in a group of his brightest students and tells them he has a really, really tough question to answer: “What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal?”

To the professor’s surprise (and embarrassment), all the students immediately raise their hands.

“All right” says the professor and asks his favourite student to answer

“It’s quite easy, sir” says the student “You see, you are 75 years old and married to a 30 year old woman, which is legal, but not logical. Your wife has a 22 year old lover, which is logical, but not legal. And your wife’s lover failed his exam but you’ve just given him an “A”, which is neither legal, nor logical.”

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What Causes Arthritis?

A man smelling of booze and cigarettes sat down on a subway next to a priest. His tie was stained, there was red lipstick on his collar and face and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, “Tell me Father, do you happen to know what causes arthritis?”

The priest replies, “My son, it’s caused by loose living, consorting with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath.”

The drunk muttered in response, “Well, I’ll be damned”, then returned to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

The man answered, “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope suffers from it.”

MORAL:Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.

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It needs to be studied???

Plastic pollution, deep water wells, climate change etc. I’ll start with deep water wells and how Brad Trivers stumbled through his recent radio interview. He use the word “well” numerous time throughout his radio talk. He was very defensive and continually referred to the extensive science already done. He stated (reluctantly) it was discriminatory to farmers and other businesses requiring deep water wells. My first thought was, what other businesses require these deep wells? Regarding farmers, island farmers have for years managed their crops without the need of extra well water. However, we are not talking about island family farms, we are talking about one particular farmer, and we all know who that is. The moratorium on deep water wells has dragged on for years. The Liberals  talked about a water act without ever actually doing anything about it. Now we have the PCs doing the same thing, with one small difference, they are cornered and have to ratify the act. Clearly they are going to cave and permit the Irving’s to continue raping the water table. Brad Trivers started his political career as an honest person determined to help islanders. Alas he has become just another one of the sheep governing this province. Shame on the liberals shame on the PCs. On the subject of plastics ! Why are we waiting until 2021 to ban the use of some plastics?? Everyone knows it is a major pollution problem, everyone includes the manufacturing industry. Why does the federal government  think industry need time to adjust? They, like everyone else knew this was coming long ago. We do not need studies, the worlds oceans are polluted and fish and animals are dying at an alarming rate. However, if Trudeau, who is so busy helping the middle class and those working hard to join it, took a minute to listen! He might hear the ominous warnings of climate change. Indeed if he remains deaf we won’t have to worry about plastics for much longer. Climate change will alter civilization to a point beyond return. God Bless and keep praying.

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Northern Ireland Children’s Events (NICE). As the saying goes “Been there done that and have the T Shirt”.  This was one of the things I’m most proud of.

I wonder how many of our wonderfully kind volunteers still have the T Shirt? How many Islanders remember the Northern Ireland Children and their four week visit to the island during the mid eighties, nineties. For myself it was a wonderful experience, a feeling and a desire to see peace return to Ireland. I cannot claim to have helped, but truly hope that in some small way I made a difference.  Peace has returned to Ulster now and I pray it will last. The troubles, as they were referred to, have all but faded away.  However in the late 1970s-8os the place was very dangerous. The British Army and Royal Ulster constabulary patrolled the streets and country roads. I visited in 1986 with my young daughter Susannah. Driving our hired car down the Shankill Rd I was stopped at an Army road check. A young soldier probably no more than 18 pointed his automatic weapon into the car.  I produced my passport and everything was in order, we were told to move on. It was a frightening moment. I have served in dangerous areas and understood the tension that young soldier was feeling when he stopped my car. Nevertheless, I love my native Belfast, the place of my birth and I have never been conflicted as to my origin. I never refer to or call myself British, I’m Irish and very proud to be so. Having said that I hold no animosity toward the people of Britain indeed I have many relatives and friends living there. What happened in the past is history, it can’t be changed, nor should it. We need to move on with our lives while learning from it.  God Bless and keep reading

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Island Literacy.

For more than seventeen years I was a volunteer with the Love program “ let older volunteers educate”. I worked one day a week at an elementary school and loved it. At first I worked with a variety of grades from one to six, but later I concentrated on grade ones helping with their reading. I only stopped when we moved to Abram Village. I could no longer offer my time because we were in the French speaking school system and unfortunately I was not bilingual. A few years before we moved, the love program was cancelled, but I just continued volunteering. Many other people did like wise. However, I was disappointed to see such a wonderful program ended. I approached the Island Literacy program and suggested they might take our program under their wing. Unfortunately they felt because of limited resources they must decline. I approached the minister of education, he told me the program was not cancelled because his wife still volunteered ever Wednesday. I attempted to explain she was doing the same as me, but the program was over. He was a typical politician and I never heard from him again. Now I heard the Island Literacy program is in jeopardy. What do we have to do to educate these boneheads running the province. Perfectly good volunteer workers are being wasted because no one in government can be bothered to look into it. The LOVE program cost the government next to nothing. We had one part time government employed lady working and one annual AGM lunch meeting per year. I can’t claim we improved the children’s reading skills, but I like to think we helped many. What a dreadful waste of so many dedicated volunteers to the education authorities of Prince Edward Island.  God Bless and keep reading.

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The Forth Bridge

This morning doing my usual scan of FB I came across a photo that stirred memories of long ago. In 1942 I crossed the Forth Bridge by train heading to Rosythe. I was three years old and had never seen anything so huge or impressive in my short life. I had to stick my head our the window to get a better view. My sister tried to stop me fearing I’d get soot from the engine in my eye. She was right, and in a few moments I was crying and forgot the spectacle of the bridge. We were sitting on our suitcases in the carriage corridor, the train was packed with mostly military personnel. In 1942 the war was at its height and slowly turning in the Allies favour. But of course I knew nothing about such things at age three. Nor could I have imagined that twenty one years later in 1963 I would pass under this great bridge aboard the submarine HM/SM Alcide.  We had just completed a two year refit and after sea trials were heading to Canada for two years. Perhaps the reason in 1967 I landed at Pier 21 as a new Canadian immigrant. Funny how our lives follow such patterns, they seem unconnected until we look more closely.

God Bless and keep reading.

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Politicians & Photo Ops “Green”

I have nothing personal about Green MLAs having their photos taking at special events, fundraisers or other venues. However they do seem to appear on FB more often than not. Yesterday after seeing three Green MLAs photographed at a Robbie Burns fundraising dinner. I remarked, photos were fine but these opposition members also need to do their jobs as the official opposition. I was rebuked by the photographer who took the photo, he stated they were the only politicians there and it was at their own expense. That was not the point I was attempting to make. I applaud that they are visible to islanders. What concerns me is the appearance or lack thereof, of actually doing the job of the opposition. They do not bring fourth real issues of concern to the minority government. For example the ongoing E Gaming case requires important documents yet the King government is either dragging their feet or trying to cover up. They have done nothing about the Bedeque/Irving land grab. They said they were going to close the loop holes which is like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. I expect we will be told to wait until the legislate opens. However the longer we wait harder it will be to change the wrongs. We need to hear our opposition members speaking loud and clear now, in the media, on Compass and newspapers. I don’t mean a tiny article tuck into page nine, or a brief interview about the latest buzz word ” Medical Hubs”. Buzz words do not recruit doctors. We need Headlines, we need to rock the boat, turn up the heat and stir up the s#+t.  In the last election, hopes ran high that we might elect a Green Government. It didn’t happen and now seems like it has all but faded away. When the next election is held the Green Party could easily lose more existing seats than in gaining new ones. People need to see we have strong opposition that is working for us. If they fail, islanders will be doomed to more of the old Island politics of patronage and corruption. I don’t believe any one wants that, yet we hear little talk about Proportional Representation. Has this King friendly collaborations/cooperations lulled us to sleep. Wake up Greens we can’t afford to hibernate until spring to see the rebirth of new fresh greenery on the island.
God Bless and keep reading

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A Little Weekend Humour.

A pinch of tobacco
Rolled in paper
With fire at one end
And a fool at the other!

It’s an agreement Wherein
A man loses his bachelor’s degree
And a woman gains her master’s.

An art of transmitting Information
From the notes of the lecturer
To the notes of students
Without passing through the minds
Of either.

The confusion of one man
Multiplied by the
Number present.

The art of dividing
A cake in such a way that
Everybody believes
He/she got the biggest piece.

The hydraulic force by which
Masculine will power is
Defeated by feminine water-power!

A place where everybody talks,
Nobody listens
And everybody disagrees later on.

A feeling when you feel
You are going to feel
A feeling
You have never felt before.

A book
Which people praise,
But never read.

A curve
That can set
A lot of things straight!

A place
Where you can relax
After your strenuous
Home life.

The only time
When some married men
Ever get to open
Their mouth.

The name
Men give
To their

A person
Who while falling
Says at midway down:

A person
Who lives poor
So that
He can die RICH!

A banker
Provided by

Who is early
When you are late
And late
When you are early.

One who
Shakes your hand
Before elections
And your Confidence

A person
Who kills
Your ills
By pills,
And kills you

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Firehouse Training Session

At a training session in the fire station, the team was assembled around the kitchen table.

The training officer was discussing the behavior of fire: “You pull up to a house and notice puffs of smoke coming from the eaves, blackened out windows and little or no visible flame. What does this tell you?” he asked.

Expecting to hear that the house is in a possible back draft situation, a condition very dangerous to fire fighters, he instead heard from one quick wit, “You got the right place.”

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Really Impressed

As a psychologist, my first job was working in a small clinic. One of my patients was a pleasant woman who needed emotional support because of some recurring health problems.

After six months of treating her, I was really impressed with my work. In one session, my patient was reviewing her career and personal accomplishments over the last 50 years as a way to boost her self-esteem.

Suddenly she paused and looked at me. What she said next brought my ego back in line. “Honey,” she asked sweetly, “what was it again that you do for a living?”

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