______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Deep Breath - Rather than just add them to a certain issue or two in progress, these lines are offered as a stand alone thread. Despite the general air of gaiety and banter at RR, most of us will feel a certain and genuine sympathy for those who suffer set-backs, delays and frustrations. Only this week we had one poor soul who has had to reconcile himself with permanent exclusion on medical grounds, how wretched is that? How one copes with their initial shocks will vary, but attitudes do change as a result in the cyber-conversations here. Show the right spirit and folk will give every support and assistance; ie we are all rooting for that wisp of a Plymouth lass who had left her weight concerns a little late. Very few of us know each other here - yet where else would you find such a wide range of ages, ranks and skillsets? Few would openly admit it but I firmly believe that most of those who inhabit RR do so purely because deep down they have hearts and (each in their particular/peculiar way) really care about the RN & RM and those of it and for it. For those yet to join - their experiences at RR are but an introduction to those colourful characters you will meet and serve; with, for and under. A finer bunch of professional rascals you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else! (Except perhaps the FFL; which always comes highly recommended at these pages BTW :wink Bob (Old & ex- but unashamedly Anchor-Faced.) PS Serious head now removed and replaced on its dusty pedestal, my first drink of this evening is well overdue. Now where are those tablets again. . . . . . . .