"Don't talk to me about naval tradition, it's all rum, sodomy and the lash!"
The only problem, of course, is that Sir Winston never said it, although according to his assistant, Anthony Montague-Browne, he wished he had. The source of the quote is unknown, but as with many such false attributions, perhaps it's more fun to believe the story than the truth.>>
Personally, I believe it just adds to the rich mystique of life in a Blue suit - Which sets us apart and which very few will ever have the opportunity & privilege to experience. Ah well, back into the Barrel......:crybaby:
One theory, suggested by Tristan (can't remember his surname) in his autobiography, Heart of Oak; during the war, servicemen passing travelling through London came into contact with the gay community frequently. They would often offer to lash up said servicemen. It was more than the machismo of the pongoes could bear to be seen in the company of gays, but Jakc being Jack, he'd take a drink from anyone. This sounds quite plausible to me.Incidentally, there used to be an old London queen who threw a party for the Oggie's field gun crew every tournament, years ago.