I don't feel I could survive!

Discussion in 'Diamond Lil's' started by navyeo60, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. Having read numerous threads, I am sure I would not survive in todays Andrew. Everyone appears to be too deep and people think!!!
    All we ever seemed to worry about was where your next run ashore was,whether your relief would be on time and who had invited you round for 'sippers' or 'gulpers'. Not at all high tech but god were we a happy bunch. :thumright:
  2. Have to agree with that Navyeo ....... (left in 74 after my 12).
    ps : come round tomorrow (bring your spoon - it might be soup!)
  3. Not sure if I could survive the afternoon without my tot! And I could never keep up with the minimal number of acronyms in my time- let alone now!
  4. Navyeo,

    I can still remember, with some pride, the day in '56 when I came second in the NAAFI queue. Is it still as competitive?

  5. Bloody hell Jerry top marks mate, and they say we didn't get excitement in our day :thumright:
  6. Yeah! Must admit Navyeo that I am completely baffled by at least half the posts on this site, (took pension in '75), but we served in a Navy that had lots of ships, lots of shorebases, the Field Gun competition, Rum (for fifteen years in my case). Fifteen month "legs" away on general service commissions, with intermittent mail, no phone calls, no email, very little family welfare support. I suppose we must accept the fact that we are now silly old has beens who lived in a different world.
    I suspect that the blokes who joined in the early '30s, with many of whom I was privileged to serve, had a similar view of us youngsters in the '50s and '60s, so "what goes around comes around" so to speak.
    We also had the advantage (?) of deployments without an RFA, which necessitated lots of "ad hoc" runs ashore whilst fuelling, storing ship, etc.
    Yes, we were a "different" Navy, and I count myself fortunate that I served when I did. I don't think that today's Jack enjoys himself quite as much as we did.

  7. Navyeo,

    Thanks for your kind comment but, when it comes to excitement and danger, there is nothing to compare with getting a Mixyblob home safe and sound in front of your messmates.

    2Badge Mango,

    If you opened an Atlas back in the ‘50’s, you’d find it covered from east to west in pink bits - the remnants of the Empire, and we had a Navy large enough to look after it. Today, the world has changed, and so has the Navy and, although nostalgia is not what it used to be, providing the Traditions and Humour remain the same, it will still be a great Navy.

  8. Generations of children lived in squalor in this country whilst their Fathers (whether serving or ex) pi ssed away their earnings in a substitute for training and social skills that was THEN encouraged by the senior echelons. Although the forces seem still to attract a high percentage of 'throwback' types it appears that some steps have been taken to discourage drinking and smoking amongst those who must now operate advanced equipment and keep themselves fit if they are to stand a chance of surviving the demands of modern warfare and be returned to society in not the totally incapable state of previous generations.

  9. Yeah...we had skimmers with big f**k-off guns on 'em. 30 to a mess.
    Heads with no doors on them. The Morse Code. Anyone with one badge
    could fill you in...for whatever reason. Your Divisonal Officer was ALWAYS
    much, much older than you! You looked f***ing ridiculous in your brand
    new Pussers White Shorts! In my case, paid every two weeks. Two things
    necessary for a run ashore (besides money) were "Brut" aftershave and
    a shit-load of foo-foo. Did 2 years on the Blake...said tara to my parents
    - saw 'em again about a year and a half later!. Things change.
    Here's some stuff:-

  10. BIG! Ya forgot a couple of other essential things mate
    I.D. Card and ya Fags mate lol

  11. Did you read that somewhere, GR?

    There's always some po faced individual ready to rain on the parade.
  12. Drinking and smoking is still well alive today in the RN my old friend.
  13. 2 badge mango wrote: "...with intermittent mail, no phone calls, no email, very little family welfare support. I suppose we must accept the fact that we are now silly old has beens who lived in a different world."

    not so different, shagger...just like being on a Bomber really...plus no fresh food, no fresh air, NO mail, no sunshine, no smoking, no fun, no runs ashore, no hooch (for the Wardroom), no raison d'etre, no motivation, no leadership, no incentives, no perks, no camaraderie, no 'clickety-clack' movie time, no big-screen porn, no sense of worth, no decent day-zero VIPs, no Cold War, no point... Welcome to 2007 'Royal' Navy (brought to you by Virgin / Bernard Matthews / the Sun, etc)
  14. Couldn't agree more Jerry, but I still believe that my (our?) generation had the best of it. I did 23+, had wonderful experiences and fabulous runs ashore, in places that we used to regard as "run of the mill", that today's lads and lasses will probably never see, even if the tight schedule that they now work to allows them the time. My point was in agreement with Navyeo's original post. There's a whole generation of us that "did our time" with just a LS&GC medal to show for it. We are the fortunate ones.

  15. Bloody hell, Straight out of the lefties social workers handbook!
  16. You tryin' to live up to your signature DG?

  17. In my days[early ones anyway ] it was your Paybook .

    ID cards came about 1967 ???????

    As for the Submarines post and the big nothing on patrol ----yes its true.
    The bad news bit aswell is that they are recruiting to serve as a submariner.
    At least in my day before I went to boats I had a really good time on General service ships ---only place never visited was S America.
    So Submarines came as a quiet number and set times away and home time.Good family time.

    :nemo: :nemo:

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