Missing Royal Navy life


Lantern Swinger
I found this online and thought it was very amusing as well as a great way for the old salts who just can't let it go to relive the glory days!

Build a shelf in the top of your wardrobe and sleep on it inside a smelly sleeping bag. Remove the wardrobe door and replace it with a curtain that’s too small.

Wash your underwear every night in a bucket then hang it over the water pipes to dry.

Four hours after you go to bed, have your wife whip open the curtains, shine a torch in your eyes, and say “sorry mate, wrong pitâ€.

Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the centre of the bath and move the showerhead down to chest level. Store beer barrels in the shower enclosure.

When you have a shower, remember to turn off the water whilst you soap.

Every time there is a thunderstorm, sit in a wobbly rocking chair, and rock as hard as you can until you are sick.

Put oil instead of water into a humidifier and set to HIGH.

Don’t watch TV except for movies in the middle of the night. For added realism, have your family vote for which movie they want to see – then select a different one.

(Mandatory for engineering types) – Leave a lawnmower running in your living room 24 hours a day to re-create the proper noise levels.

Have the paperboy give you a haircut.

Once a week blow compressed air up through your chimney. Ensure that the wind carries the soot over your neighbour’s house. When he complains, laugh at him.

Buy a rubbish compactor but only use it once a week. Store up your rubbish in the other side of the bath.

Wake up every night at midnight and make a sandwich out of anything you can find, preferably using stale bread. Optional: cold soup or canned Ravioli, eaten out of the tin.

Devise your family menus a week in advance without looking in the fridge or larder.

Set your alarm to go off at random times throughout the night. When it goes off, leap out of bed, get dressed as fast as you can and then run into the garden and break out the garden hose.

Once a month, take every major household appliance completely apart then re-assemble.

Use 4 spoons of coffee per cup, and allow it to sit for 3 hours before drinking.

Invite about 85 people who you don’t really like to come to stay for a couple of months.

Install a small fluorescent light under your coffee table and then lie under it to read books.

Raise the thresholds and lower the tops of all your doors in the house. Now you will always hit your head or skin you shins when passing through.

Put lock wire on the wheel nuts of your car.

Whilst baking cakes prop one side of the cake tin while it is baking. When it has cooled, spread icing really thickly on one side to level it out again.

Every so often throw your cat in the swimming pool, or bath and shout “man overboardâ€, then run into the kitchen and sweep all the dishes onto the floor while yelling at your wife for not having secured for sea properly.

Put on the headphones from your stereo. Do not plug them in. go and stand in front of your dishwasher. Say to nobody in particular, “dishwasher manned and ready, sirâ€. Stand there for 3 or 4 hours. Say, once again to nobody in particular, “dishwasher securedâ€. Remove the headphones, roll up the cord and put them away.

Nickname your favourite shoe “steamies†and get you children to hide them around the house on a random basis.


Eat all meals of metal trays

Every now and again tip table during meals and watch every thing slide off

Get wife to lay food out and hit your hand with a ladle if you take enough to fill you up

Get eldest kid to walk in front of you every night blowing a whistle while you look in every room

Every few months send wife and kids away for a year, while they are away go out get pissed, tattoed and buy them the most gash present you can find

Befriend a compleate stranger, be best mates for 2 and a half years then never see them again

Tell every body you meet that your last house/job was the best one you ever had

If your kids missbehave make them stand at the dinner table while your wife tells you what they did wrong, tell them you can deal with it but if they have been realy bad tell them you will have to get your dad to deal with them.


Occasionally invite people you really hate to stay for a week. Call them FOSTies.


War Hero
prior to starting the car in morning send out the child to conduct a FOD plod. Then pipe hands to flying stations. Get the wife to wear white ovies and direct you off the drive way.


War Hero
prior to starting the car in morning send out the child to conduct a FOD plod. Then pipe hands to flying stations. Get the wife to wear white ovies and direct you off the drive way.

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Christ. I added about fifteen to that very list when it came round on the Fife in 1985.

Nice to see your work still in circulation.

I should get royalties.