A Poem for the 75th

Listen to the dots and dashes
Why, how perfectly absurd!
Surely no man ever hashes
Such sounds to make a word.

Do you mean to say the clicking
Of that little brass machine?.
That small monotone of ticking
Talks, with miles and miles between?.

No, I never will believe it:
No one would, with any sense!.
Reason, judgment, can’t receive it
“Tis the veriest pretence.

Just because I’m old and feeble,
People tell me dreadful lies,
Thinking I’ll believe such twaddle,
Young folks think they’re awful wise!.

Now when I was young (and pretty),
Young folks would respect grey hairs.
But in these days – mores the pity
Old people ain’t anywheres!.

(by Fanny Frond 1882)
copywright NZ Vintage Radio Society publication
Thanks Alby C for the contribution

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A Bit of Fluff

This makes for an interesting read on the rules regarding beards in the Royal Navy.

beard

With the exception of a pioneer sergeant in the army, the Royal Navy is the only British armed force that permits beards.   Click HERE for the item.

I am unsure if you have to request to dis-continue shaving in the current Navy.  maybe someone can enlighten me.

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In The Navy – New Recruiting Advert

One of our members has discovered this new Naval Recruit Video.  He has a sense of humour…. I wonder if you can identify who this might be!   Click HERE for video

 

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Jack Passings – February 2016

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of February 2016. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

WOLFE, Lyall Ronald
MCDOWELL, Gordon Douglas
LAUCHLAN, Brett Robinson (Steve)  PO Cook
PARKER, Allan WORS  click HERE for Allan’s Biography

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Jack Passings – January 2016

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of January 2016. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

KERSEL, Brian Raymond:
HARGREAVES, Alfred Edward Earl (Alf)  OSIG
BLACK, Bernard Roy (Bernie) Seaman
BRANT, Peter Alfred (Lofty) LREM
RONGONUI, Abraham Diddie Stoker
MANNERS Margaret NZ WREN 898 LCK
SAUNDERS Kyrene Michelle (nee Hunt) PORP
TOMLIN Harold Ernest ME1
DUNLOP, Stephen Desryck  (Des) RNZNVR 
PECK, George William Bertrid (Bill) Seaman
MORLEY-HALL, Nicholas St John  LTCDR
MORRISON, Hugh Adair  SLT
TATANA David Joseph  LEM
PATTERSON, Jack Sherwood  Telegraphist

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TE PUKE RSA ON THE MOVE

rsaIt has been brought to our attention that the Te Puke RSA is on the move. It is relocating from it’s present position and is combining with the Te Puke Citizens Club. There is to be a Flag Lowering Ceremony at 1230 on Saturday, 20 February, followed by a Re-raising Ceremony at the new venue.  Anyone wishing to partake in this event please feel free to attend.

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Jack’s on Bikes

CaptureA group of Ex Sailors are in the process of arranging a motorbike ride to North Cape commencing 11 March and running through to the 14 March 2016 with vehicle support. The purpose of this transit is to reunite our whanau ‘Heremana’ (includes family & friends) and pay our respect to all those who have ‘Crossed the Bar’, at ‘Rerenga Wairua” (Departure of our souls ) North Cape.   Click HERE for further details and registration.

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