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Monday, 13 July 2020


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Thank you! My Monday is complete.

AussieD, especially for you!

Oh and ...

Too early to speculate cause but whatever it was, it was ... oh "unfortunate" would have to be an understatement.

Since Talleyrand was mentioned:

“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can't say 'No' in any of them.”
― Dorothy Parker, While Rome Burns

G'day JK.

Thanks for the links. Had a good laugh re the potatoes.

The fire on BHR was on the news down here. Lucky she was alongside at the time and not at sea. Like all sailors the thought of a major fire at sea is horrible.

Did you see the link to the book "Dunkirk and the Little Ships" on the second link?

Think I'll get a copy as that operation fascinates me.

“Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, 'We will not be dictated to,' and went off and became stenographers.”

GK Chesterton

Two staples on my bookshelf which I used to dip into regularly were “The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations” and “The Book of Insults”. Now I rely on the internet.

Aye AussieD, I did. As it happens back on the .. I'm pretty sure the seventh of last month ... I emailed our host a link to the interview Commander Salamander conducted with the book's author Philip Weir requesting he send it along to you - I recall some discussions you and somebody (perhaps SoD) had at least touching on the subject of Dunkirk - the naval bits of Dunkirk anyway.

I don't precisely recall whether the subject (of your D&N discussion) was actually on Dunkirk but I do recall your mentioning - paraphrasing - you'd like to see historians touch on the bits of operations Navy handled.

Yes I appreciate I've gotten abit of a reputation around these parts for being a Master of the Archives but what I've limited to myself now that I'm nearing my dotage is noting our host's screwups and Bob's 'misapprehensions' ... "Trump will pull us outta NATO and after that he's certain to nuke France!" to keep in my personal Bluejacket's Manual.

Above AussieD writes "Like all sailors the thought of a major fire at sea is horrible" & I've mentioned accompanying a team which task was to put out some fires - oil well fires specifically.

Bob (I kinda figured muttered something like 'Now why would JK be of any possible help with anything to do with that')

After that 1967 fire aboard Forrestal every swinging dick in the (our's at any rate) Navy had to have some expertise with firefighting generally and some through other "jobs" learned closely related stuff.

Fire aboard ship is the stuff of nightmares.

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