Nothing is worse than some boring old salts spluttering over their glasses of Woods Navy and telling how it used to be but: That's what happened in the local Monday night as me and three others who served at roughly the same time as we watched the programme on HMS Manchester. Some of it was quite good,although I'll never understand matelots who preferred to have a drink and a swim on an atoll instead of impregnating every local woman that walked past!That's another point but the main topic of conversation was. 1.Why is every seaman now an Able Rate?what happened to Ordinary Seaman whilst in training? 2.Don't bunks have restraining bars,as on the Vic,that raise to stop that Wren from falling out of her bunk in Weather? 3.Who on earth was that two and a half ringer who said in darken ship,the scuttle goes over the window!!One of my drinkers nearly choked,doesn't Dartmouth teach about portholes any more or has the RN tradition completely gone to the dogs. 4.Why is it necessary to wear a hard hat to lower Zodiac?it's a bit nancified isn't it,a bit like Time team wearing them whilst digging 6”trench. 5.Lastly my own observation and one that I'm prepared to be corrected over. I've stood shark sentry a few times with the trusty .303 and felt it would do the job but!will a .22 round from an SA80 really stop a Great White or a Mako? Some of these buggers I've seen in the Red Sea needs the Orlikon or the Bofors closed up. They you are something to muse over and shoot us old buggers down a bit.