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Old 25th February 2017, 00:25
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A trail of destruction

All the following that I was associated with during my passage through life have now gone.

My primary school.
My secondary school.
The comics I read.
The jute office in which I began my working life.
Most of the small shops.
The dance halls.
Trains with smoking compartments.
The single-practice doctor whom you could call out at any time.
Dundee Wireless College.
Leith Nautical College.
Alfred Holt & Co.
Radio officers.
Coast Stations.
Nautical Magazine.
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Old 25th February 2017, 05:53
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Ian, you are but one member of a very, very big club. Sad isn't it!
You forgot to mention the British Merchant Navy...

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Old 25th February 2017, 07:58
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Ian,

You enrich us all by reminding us of these things. Thank you.
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Old 25th February 2017, 08:32
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All the following that I was associated with during my passage through life have now gone.

My primary school.
My secondary school.
The comics I read.
The jute office in which I began my working life.
Most of the small shops.
The dance halls.
Trains with smoking compartments.
The single-practice doctor whom you could call out at any time.
Dundee Wireless College.
Leith Nautical College.
Alfred Holt & Co.
Radio officers.
Coast Stations.
Nautical Magazine.
My virginity, I don't even know where it went.
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Old 25th February 2017, 09:40
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I was going to mention steam trains but there are still a few of those about thanks to the preservation boys.

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Old 25th February 2017, 09:45
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Old 25th February 2017, 09:48
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Double Diamond !!! (only joking.)
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Old 25th February 2017, 10:16
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This might bring back a few memories. Haven't see one of these for years (mind you, buses in Cornwall are usually reported as UFO's.)
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Old 25th February 2017, 11:57
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I was looking Google Earth/ street view the other day and realised that:
Every place of education that I attended is now a housing development.
Every building that I worked in is either a block of flats, or demolished or at best under an ownership which did not even exist when I was there.

I was thinking that it was just me that gave the kiss of death to these places but apparently I am not alone.

There is one ship left still afloat and working, I wonder how long that will survive.
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Old 25th February 2017, 12:10
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cash at the pay off table then of to the ale house for a farewell drinks at the nearest pub before going home
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Old 25th February 2017, 13:14
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My virginity, I don't even know where it went.
Oh I know where mine went but I wouldn't want to try it again!

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I was going to mention steam trains but there are still a few of those about thanks to the preservation boys.
The steam trains I recall were those that ran from Ryde on the Isle of Wight to Cowes where I lived. There was a night mail train that didn't take passengers but which would always accommodate ships crew trying to get home.

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I was looking Google Earth/ street view the other day and realised that:
Every place of education that I attended is now a housing development.
Every building that I worked in is either a block of flats, or demolished or at best under an ownership which did not even exist when I was there.

I was thinking that it was just me that gave the kiss of death to these places but apparently I am not alone.

There is one ship left still afloat and working, I wonder how long that will survive.
A few years ago during a business trip to the UK and with time in hand I took a drive to the small town where my parents had lived for some years before moving back to the Isle of Wight. The primary school that I had attended, an old convent with huge marble hearths in the classrooms, and cellars that were explored in expectation that the demons of hell would leap out at any minute were gone. Instead there was an apartment complex. Then down to where we used to live -- the house was still there, but the heathland opposite where we kids used to roam was a housing estate. It was so deflating that I never went back there.

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Tennents cans with pictures of girls on them.
Aah! Anne on the can! I have it on good authority that she graces the Tennant's ridge that runs through the Indian ocean to Australia from the Gulf -- a metallic ridge created by engineers in order that a navigating officer can steer the ship to Australia by means of a magnet on a string over the bow!
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Old 25th February 2017, 22:48
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Virtually every house I ever owned or lived in is now flattened. The companies I worked for have nearly all gone. The industries I worked in have changed beyond recognition.

I last drew a wage packet and punched in and out about 5 years ago, he only employed two of us and some part-timers. It was lovely to get the cash, I felt like a king.
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My daughter works for a small specialist engineering company, it is that busy they have to have a night shift now and then.
We Brits don't want to work it, step forward Polish workers........

yours aye,

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They say you should never go back to the place where you grew up.

I did.

I wish I hadn't.
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...... Aah! Anne on the can! I have it on good authority that she graces the Tennant's ridge that runs through the Indian ocean to Australia from the Gulf -- a metallic ridge created by engineers in order that a navigating officer can steer the ship to Australia by means of a magnet on a string over the bow!
There's a similar navaid between Bijouga Breakers and Cape Town religiously followed by the majestic Lavender Hull Mob !

Just in case of any issues, the Mates could always refer to the standing instructions posted in the wheelhouse which read :
" When outward bound keep Africa to the LEFT, when homeward bound keep Africa to the RIGHT "
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Old 27th June 2017, 21:23
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Great stuff everyone.
Check out 'Big River' by Jimmy Nail live on Youtube. Sums it all up, although he's talking about MY river (the Tyne) it could be any river.
Regards to all and especially to Lamby hope all went well.
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Old 28th June 2017, 00:15
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Great stuff everyone.
Check out 'Big River' by Jimmy Nail live on Youtube. Sums it all up, although he's talking about MY river (the Tyne) it could be any river.
Regards to all and especially to Lamby hope all went well.
Thanks, Les, first time I've heard it - loved to watch Jimmy's TV episodes. Having spent some time on the Tyne, I think he's 'nailed' it!
Regards from me also, to Lamby, hoping he's had a great result.

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Old 28th June 2017, 11:32
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Saw an RFA I had sailed on for about sixteen months go full tilt onto the beach at Alang(?) Two others ships I worked on were wrecked on coasts. . Mon Desir hotel Takapuna Auckland,now a block of flats, Windsor park Hotel Mairangi bay a religious centre, it wasn't then.
The Ranch house Beachhaven Auckland now subdivided into houses and most of the pubs in my home town of Musselburgh, full title effin Musselburgh are gone, morphed into Indian, Thai restaurants.
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Old 31st July 2017, 20:23
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All the following that I was associated with during my passage through life have now gone.

My primary school.
My secondary school.
The comics I read.
The jute office in which I began my working life.
Most of the small shops.
The dance halls.
Trains with smoking compartments.
The single-practice doctor whom you could call out at any time.
Dundee Wireless College.
Leith Nautical College.
Alfred Holt & Co.
Radio officers.
Coast Stations.
Nautical Magazine.
All this is true Ian, but one thing is still with me and probably most of us TAX. A large part of my Merchant Navy Pension is taken to cover the rest.
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Old 31st July 2017, 21:09
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Bill

I can't grumble about that, as I've been collecting a pension for 30 years. My only complaint is that successive governments have spent our taxes on wars we should never have been involved in, and which have brought only misery to so many innocent people.
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My second trip deep sea as a Sparks on my own was the Hudson Friendship. A brand new mighty supertanker, well for 1972 it was. A fantastic high tech ship that never stopped impressing me.

I read a while back that she got took down by an exocet missile near Kharg Island during the Iran/Iraq war, and was so badly damaged she had to be scrapped.

Sometimes the futility of it all gets me down.
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They say you should never go back to the place where you grew up.

I did.

I wish I hadn't.
I totally agree. I have the same nostalgic response for two cities that have catered both hurtful and satisfying experiences.
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Old 1st August 2017, 14:59
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I drink Belhaven every time my wife and I go to Greenock to visit her relatives. A lovely pint.,
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