I Just read a piece on google about some poor Lt a few years ago who was groused up by a splitter, peeping though his cabin keyhole whilst he was rogering a junior seaman. Now the poor git tried explaining that he was doing a routine anal medical inspection, but no they ups and hangs the poor bastard from the yardarm. Thinking of the yard arm made me think of a true dit about an escapade me and my oppo had in Simon's town, back in the days of apartheid. We borrowed a car from a lad who was ex RN and was now serving in the Yarpy navy. We took said car and used it as a mobile bedroom with two young NON BLANKS we had hooked up with a couple of days before. Anyhow we got sussed by the sheriff who reported us to our ship. We had broken SA law the skipper said to the sheriff he would deal with it on-board, so as not to cause any diplomatic incidents. The skipper gave us a lecture on "when in Rome" and that was it. The next forenoon me and buster were allocated to paint the yardarms on the fore mast. As most will know there is a bar strung beneath the yardarm on a Leander class so you can stand there to do maintenance on equipment attached to said yards. In those days there was no H&S issues, just common dog, so I shoves a length of sisal about my waist, throws it over the yard and gets out to paint. Buster standing on the flag deck below ties the rope around his waist as there was nowt else convenient to tie off on. About ten mins later I fell off the friggin foot rail and plummets to wards the deck. Buster shoots up like a friggin geyser. Now he was a tad heavier than me so we meet halfway (like in Paddy's sick note) and we head butt as we pass. Then we stop, his feet about level with the top of my head, and apart from being half stunned there is blood flowing down wards. We just hang there like a pair of rabbits out front a butchers. Ship receives a phone call later from the police post at the dockyard gate asking if it was not a tad severe when it was a 300 rand maximum fine for apartheid breeching. When the QM asks what they mean they reply, "The double hanging this morning" Obviously there is humor in Yarpy's after all.