From the mouths of babes


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Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other.(Becky, age 8)

My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mum.
In the 80s, my two young sons were keen to visit HMS Victory (the elder had just done a school project about the ship)
In due course, we queued up, and were given the tour by one of the guides ( RN in those days) who waxed lyrical.
"Right, ladies and gentlemen, we are now on the Lower Gun Deck and this is a 32-pounder cannon. The gun crew actually lived here as well - they slung their hammocks from those hooks and ate at this mess table. One of the ship's boys - who had the job of being a powder monkey - sat on that barrel at the end of the table. It's not really called a barrel, it's a breaker, spelled b.a.r.r.i.c.o.e. - and it contained the hard tack ship's biscuits which formed a major part of the men's diet......."

Interruption from the younger, seven-year-old son: "Are those the ones with the stoats in?"

Perplexed sailor: " Er.....what?"

Me, after a rare flash of inspiration from one of the boys' favourite books: "Stoats....weasels ....WEEVILS!"
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