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    I asked about the NAAFI because I remembered having read this: "The Naafi, as caterer to the armed forces and for 75 years purveyor of stewed vegetables, tough pork chops and bromide tea to our fighting men and women, has been summarily sacked by the Government." I'm surprised I was still able to find the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    So far I've had four...!! They are not made to a very high price point..!! My current one is held together with Gorilla Glue..!! (perhaps they should have used that in the first place, it's lasted the longest.. so far..!!)

    Who did you serve with? And if it was Army what was your first four numbers??
    Merchant Navy, QE2 during the Falklands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodfair View Post
    Merchant Navy, QE2 during the Falklands.
    Is that similar to our Merchant Marines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    Is that similar to our Merchant Marines?
    Yes it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodfair View Post
    Merchant Navy, QE2 during the Falklands.
    Then you damn well earned it.

    I was out eight months before that kicked off. I joined in Sept '67 at the age of 15 1/2 as a Boy Soldier, served 12 years, came out QMSI. Three tours in NI. Customary trips to Germany, BATUS etc. And, after all this time, and hundreds of times I've tried, I STILL can't make a Banjo like the cooks did..!!


    I have 'sailed' close to the QE2.. my wife and I have done 8 transatlantic cruises on QMII and Victoria. When we sailed on the Victoria the QE2 was with us for the journey across. When we arrived in New York the QMII has sailed up from Florida to meet up and all the three Cunard ships sailed, line astern, into New York harbour. The security was amazing.. US Navy, Coast Guard, Police.. the whole works.!! Brilliant experience. I've got some nice photos of the QE2 burying bows under rather large waves.. Apparently, so the story was told by the Victoria's captain, the QE2 kept asking the Victoria to "please can you endeavour to keep up with us..". But that could just be a salty tale..
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    The tale is true!
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    I am glad that you cleared that mess up ManxTom, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyh View Post
    I am glad that you cleared that mess up ManxTom, I think.

    What mess was that?
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    Tom, I enjoyed that. While reading, I had this surreal vision of Terry Thomas, standing stiffly at attention in khaki shorts, shirt, and hat (KFF) reciting all that with a perfectly straight face.
    You must be careful what you pretend to be, because in the end, you are what you pretend to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash60601 View Post
    Tom, I enjoyed that. While reading, I had this surreal vision of Terry Thomas, standing stiffly at attention in khaki shorts, shirt, and hat (KFF) reciting all that with a perfectly straight face.
    I was thinking John Cleese, but not standing stiffly at attention. He was pacing back and forth exhibiting several silly walks...
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