If you had not joined up and suffered rum, buggery and the lash - what would you have become? I was either going to be an archaeologist (liked diggin' stuff up and had a monumental collection of fossils), or I'd have been a Navigating Occifer in the Merchant Navy (but it would've cost too much and we were poor folk). Strange how things turn out. Did you have another idea as to how you would've spent your working life other than roaming around the oceans, getting pissed and shagged in every country that had a dockyard? Over to you.