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The future of Gibraltar

Back home after a whirlwind trip to the rock :)

Stayed in the Britannia House apartments, clean and tidy however showing their age now. The new place looks fantastic.

Didn't get up the rock, it was too windy at the top and the cable cars were closed down, I obviously could have run up but Mrs JFH and the juniors were not having any of that :(

Picked up a couple of bottles of Pussers Gunpowder in the Airport (£12:80 each).

I'll stick a few pics on later :)
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Well, well, well! 'They' kept this pretty quiet, didn't they? Dasher and Pursuer arriving at Gib.

Now then, I wonder if they also considered my suggestion that PSOFs should be recruited for 2 or 4 week periods to crew them!!

No doubt the Spanish PM will be on his hind legs later today protesting about British aggression......

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Sumo

War Hero
Well, well, well! 'They' kept this pretty quiet, didn't they? Dasher and Pursuer arriving at Gib.

Now then, I wonder if they also considered my suggestion that PSOFs should be recruited for 2 or 4 week periods to crew them!!

No doubt the Spanish PM will be on his hind legs later today protesting about British aggression......

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Cant see the problem, obviously lining up for the RN Med water skiing championships, needed a couple of speed boats to tow skiers.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
From Navy News

TWO Royal Navy P2000 vessels have arrived in Gibraltar.
HMS Dasher and Pursuer, which arrived from the UK aboard MV Hurst Point, will temporarily replace HMS Scimitar and Sabre.
Over the next few weeks the crews from both classes of vessel will work alongside each other as personnel from the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron learn how to operate the Archer-class ships.
The project to permanently replace Scimitar and Sabre, which have operated from the Rock since 2003, is well underway.
RNGS Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Walkley, a former Commanding Officer of HMS Scimitar said: “The Scimitar-class craft have provided a superb service to Gibraltar and to the Royal Navy over the past 17 years, and I have absolutely no doubt that Dasher and Pursuer will provide the same.”
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legend

Midshipman
Hello Guys , Dont want to steal your thunder as Im an ex pongo , but I was out in Gib in 74 and absolutely loved the place as it left me with so many good time memories of all the bars on Main Street and some of the really old back street bars (The Corjhito Bar in particular) that was owned by a guy called Pablo and was like something out of a spaghetti western film with its bar fights and characters ! And not forgetting the Hole in the Wall owned by a well known Gay chap (cant remember his name , but Im sure many of you old salts can ) . Anyway had a fantastic time there and even won on a lottery number , the prize being a shitload of booze of all kinds , I gave away the dark rum to the matelots as it didnt agree with me .
I always pay a visit back to Gib when Im holidaying in Fuengirola and it never ceases to mesmerise me but as Sonar-bender says there have been many changes , not least the bar scene . It always amuses me when I see in the media that Spain is rattling their sabres again over the British control of the Rock , I do get it up to a point but for christs sake as buffersduffer said they have enough problems trying to control Catalonian independence rights and that doesnt include the ongoing problem with Basque sepratists in the North . What about the tens of thousands of Brit holiday makers who help keep Spains head above water ? I do think they need to wind their necks in slightly when it comes to Gib . Dont know if Ive got this right but Im sure I was told a while back that Gibraltarians actually qualify for both British and Spanish pensions ???
Anyway just thought I would share this with you all .
Cheers
 

legend

Midshipman
Thats the guy WreckerL , Charles . Last time I heard about him , he is some bigshot in the Gay community in Gib , but obviously an old character .
Thanks
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I still use his recipe for JCs, though slightly adapted - I use tonic instead of soda water!
This is reputed to be 'the' recipe as written by Charles:jc recipe.jpg
 

Biker Buster

Lantern Swinger
Did a 6 week maintenance period in Gib (86 or 87). Never saw what all the fuss was about. I found it to be a bit of a dump. Went back in 2009. Totally over developed.

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Sumo

War Hero
Did a 6 week maintenance period in Gib (86 or 87). Never saw what all the fuss was about. I found it to be a bit of a dump. Went back in 2009. Totally over developed.

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You arrived there just after the boarder opened, prior to that they used to tolerate drunken jack very well, as we were a big income for them, but not so once the boarder opened.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Did a 6 week maintenance period in Gib (86 or 87). Never saw what all the fuss was about. I found it to be a bit of a dump. Went back in 2009. Totally over developed.

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Have to agree with you. It was a great run 'back then', but that was probably because it was the first or last of a trip. I was lucky in that I went there on several ships and boats and also on Pusser and Combined Service diving expeds. Also, when the border was closed, it was much better IMHO. Now, it is really a tourist trap by day, though maybe not this year as there will be no cruise liners coming in. Prices in the pubs on Main St is a real rip off, especially if you know that the retail price for a litre of Woods is around a fiver...... My leader loves the place - I love the cheap prices. We go a few times a year normally and can easily make up the fuel and accommodation costs by the savings made on shopping for booze and in Morrison's.
 

Stirlin

War Hero
Did a 6 week maintenance period in Gib (86 or 87). Never saw what all the fuss was about. I found it to be a bit of a dump. Went back in 2009. Totally over developed.

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I am with you on this , Fife was Med patrol ad naus 70/73 so it was either Gib or Malta/Malta Gib , sick of the sight of both places.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I am with you on this , Fife was Med patrol ad naus 70/73 so it was either Gib or Malta/Malta Gib , sick of the sight of both places.
Did the same on Bulwark in '75. Two deployments to the Med that year and just bounced between the two with the occasional port call elsewhere.

i did like the Gut though ;)
 
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