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Old 23rd October 2011, 22:51
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I remember Pam, I met her a few times on visits to the office. A smashing lady for who nothing was too much trouble.

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I'll second that. She was always helpful and apologetic about asking you to join a ship !
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Always remember that during visits to Britannic House one was given 'LUNCHEON VOUCHERS' (remember them?) ... to use in the restaurant.

Had to make several weekly visits there in October 74 when I left the Energy in RAK with a slipped disc in my neck!
Weekly trips up to BH from Devon, 1st class rail travel, taxi to meet me at Paddington Station etc ... all for about 40 mins radio therapy massage to my neck! Lunch, then a taxi back to the station and 1st class travel back to Devon.

All organised by a lady called Pam Muller I seem to remember.

I can remember the restaurant when there for briefings. Also the lady with the tea trolley who used to come round ; if I remember correctly there was a 'biscuit hierarchy' and the posher biscuits covered in silver paper were only given out by the Tea Lady to middle management ranks and above! Mike
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Old 29th October 2011, 18:47
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Hi, Derek,
AFAIK, EC2Y 9BR was issued by the Post Office exclusively to BP. Different floors in Britannic, and even different departments, depending on the amount of mail they received, each had their on exclusive postcode too.
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Old 30th October 2011, 13:25
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I never knew that ... very interesting .... thanks!
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Old 31st October 2011, 23:01
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Ah Satannic House! 8th floor, been there a few times, and in the early days used to have to muster in the foyer prior to flying out somewhere or other. Happy Days.
That brings back memories.
First trip, flying out to join the Light in Dubai, told to report to the foyer of Britannic House at just-after-sparrow-fart on a Sunday morning. Collected the airtickets ( Middle East Airlines!!) from reception with another e/c and the 4/e, then waited for a car to pick us up to take us to Heathrow. With it being a Sunday morning, the boss of the hire car firm had to do the job himself, and as he was the boss he decided to take the best car. He turned up in a long wheelbase black Daimler/Jag normally used by the Malaysian ( if my memory serves me well) embassy - CD plates, little flagstaff on the roof, electric partition, the works! He told us to sit tight and leave the cocktail cabinet alone, and off we went. Great feeling to come tooling into the terminal at Heathrow in that thing, I felt like royalty.

Of course, after that, everything went downhill fast..........
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Old 31st October 2011, 23:48
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I never went to Britannic to collect tickets, but my first trip was to join the Grenadier at RAK. Flew MEA to Dubai via Beirut and stayed in the Ambassador Hotel in Dubai (It is still there!). Transferred to RAK and then on Grey Swift to meet the Grenadier. Remember there being a fair swell running and we had to climb the Pilots ladder half way up and then onto the gangway. I was 19, had never been on a plane before and had certainly never climbed a Pilots ladder.
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Old 1st November 2011, 16:56
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Good memories .. never collected tickets from BH but many flights with MEA to Dubai then agents car to the RAK hotel for a few days to acclimatise - few evenings in the casino there - then a trip on 'Grayswift 1' in the middle of the night out to join the ship!
Spent 7 days there once waiting for the 'Cavalier' to limp into the Gulf, the menu became a bit boring after the first couple of days .. but I think we drank them out of fresh orange juice which was free!
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Yes did the meet in the Britannic House foyer several times and coach transfer to Heathrow for MEA flights. I was later told this all stopped after Maurice Bridgeman tripped over someones bag when the foyer was particularly crowded and demanded to know who all these people were (don't know how true it was)!
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Fully agree about Pam, what a lovely lady she was. I had a few 'interesting' visits to Satanic House (usually bollockings), but the restaurant was good. If I remember correctly, to get food really cheap, you had to wear a tie?
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Old 18th November 2011, 17:31
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different floors different restaurent's the higher up in the company you were the higher restaurent you ate in same applied when they moved up to hemel
i believe marine and air bp are the only one's left up at hemel
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Old 19th November 2011, 09:59
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Brittannic House/River Plate House were together/adjoining buildings in 1961 in Finsbury Circus, in which BP Tankers HQ was situated.
Then You had BRitannic House in MOOR Lane (THe tower Block some 49 stores high?) for BPHQ in which BP Tankers was on Floor 4 to 6 or was it 7-9? GABBY was MD of BP Tankers- 1965? or so, and BP House Ropemeker Street in which the ancillary services such as the BP Legal Team were housed.
Then BP Tankers were pushed out to Harlow after 1972, and then BP Tankers moved to the BP Research Centre at Sudbury near Kempton Racecourse.
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Old 19th November 2011, 17:47
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[QUOTE=david freeman;553035]THe tower Block some 49 stores high? QUOTE]

I think Big Panic House was only 33 stories high. I seem to remember that the lifts were very rapid and were mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records many years ago.
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first time away from home at 16 went to London and found my way to Anchor House. My eyes were opened pretty wide. An old fellow a Bosun who's name I cant remember saw me looking lost and out of place took me under his wing and told me sea stories in the bar and made sure I knew how to get to Britanic House the next morning. It was the only time i was ever there
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Old 26th July 2012, 18:46
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...... told me sea stories in the bar and made sure I knew how to get to Britanic House the next morning. It was the only time i was ever there

Yellow Circle Line - get off at Moorgate Station.

If you miss the stop, go round again!!
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I can remember the restaurant when there for briefings. Also the lady with the tea trolley who used to come round ; if I remember correctly there was a 'biscuit hierarchy' and the posher biscuits covered in silver paper were only given out by the Tea Lady to middle management ranks and above! Mike
Sorry guys, but I have to boast a wee bit here. The company was so nervous about whether to take me on as the first female cadet that I was interviewed on numerous occasions, gradually being passed further and further up the heirarchy. On each occasion there was lunch in a different grade of foodery, from the luncheon voucher thing right on up to the directors private dining room.
Naturally these privileges were never repeated once I was actually appointed.

I dont ever recall mustering there for a trip - I am sure we always did that at Heathrow. But that reference of the night time boat trip bouncing out from RAK in the boiling heat, really took me back.

One of the best joinings, after my first in Yokohama, would have been waiting for a ship in Genoa when we were put up in a very posh hotel. All marble floors and all you could eat or drink (in the fruit juice line) on the tab. The weather was bad so we waited several days and I ate prawn cocktails and chateaubriand steak at every meal. By the time the ship came I was feeling distinctly queasy from all the rich food.
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Old 27th July 2012, 00:56
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Sorry guys, but I have to boast a wee bit here. The company was so nervous about whether to take me on as the first female cadet that I was interviewed on numerous occasions, gradually being passed further and further up the heirarchy. On each occasion there was lunch in a different grade of foodery, from the luncheon voucher thing right on up to the directors private dining room.
Naturally these privileges were never repeated once I was actually appointed.

I dont ever recall mustering there for a trip - I am sure we always did that at Heathrow. But that reference of the night time boat trip bouncing out from RAK in the boiling heat, really took me back.

One of the best joinings, after my first in Yokohama, would have been waiting for a ship in Genoa when we were put up in a very posh hotel. All marble floors and all you could eat or drink (in the fruit juice line) on the tab. The weather was bad so we waited several days and I ate prawn cocktails and chateaubriand steak at every meal. By the time the ship came I was feeling distinctly queasy from all the rich food.
A little greedy Nina?

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Old 27th July 2012, 10:08
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A little greedy Nina?

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It was part of the wages Graham and non taxable

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Old 27th July 2012, 15:23
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Sorry guys, but I have to boast a wee bit here. The company was so nervous about whether to take me on as the first female cadet that I was interviewed on numerous occasions, gradually being passed further and further up the heirarchy. On each occasion there was lunch in a different grade of foodery, from the luncheon voucher thing right on up to the directors private dining room.
Naturally these privileges were never repeated once I was actually appointed.
Shame on you Nina ... I see that as discrimination against us poor male cadets!!
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A little greedy Nina?

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Chief Stewards always told me at sea that they were there "to feed you, not fatten you"! I was the same weight when I left the MN as when I joined - 150 pounds.

Unfortunately I couldn't match the Genoa experience....the best BP could do for me was The British Seamen's Mission in Greenock...hardly 5 star!

Not now, I ain't!
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Shame on you Nina ... I see that as discrimination against us poor male cadets!!
I agree, but not of course my choice, and I did do my damnedest to keep my head below the parapet as much as I could, but after I started with them BP would occasionally foist publicity on me and some of the other female cadets. I knew the boys, rightly, resented it but there seemed to be nothing to be done at the time.
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Pam Muller, theres a name from the past.
She was for quite a time the ship appointer for Leckies and possibly r/o's.
Had a really "sexy" telephone voice and when she offered you a ship you could hardly "turn it" down.
A really lovely lady and when I met her in the office discovered she was unfortunately confined to a wheelchair.

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Yes, Pam Muller,
Strange how some names just stick.
I was there in middle 70's

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Old 2nd August 2012, 17:27
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I went to Big Panic house only one two occasions. The first time was for my cadet interview when I remember nervously rolling up to the reception desk with my suitcase in hand. I'd passed on the opportunity to stay in Anchor house, staying with family instead.

The second visit a year later was for a cadet conference, part of the compulsary vacation training, and we stayed in student accommodation belonging to the University of London.

Never collected tickets or assembled there, the Aerial Hotel at Heathrow had become the place for that kind of thing.
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Old 3rd August 2012, 07:27
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The Aerial Hotel. Met up with others joining several times, fly down the night before. Drink in the bar all night, Then from the night desk fridge a quick breakfast and the hotel bus to Heathrow then a fight to Dubai. Once I never even saw my room. Signed of in Genoa once stayed at the Savoy it had lots of marble and the food was great 2 other Cadets came up and we all had great big steak lunch. No questions asked. At the Aereil I had a steak and they deducted 1 pound fift of my next pay check.
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Ah yes .. the Aerial hotel - I always had a room booked there that was furthest away from the lift!

MEA flight out to Dubai - then a minibus through the desert to the RAK hotel ... stayed there for 10 days once waiting for the Br Energy to arrive, she broke down off Mombassa!
I think we had been through the menu after a couple of days and it all got rather boring.
Spent a lot of time in the casino next to the hotel, the croupiers let us 'guest' play with borrowed chips, often using the time to practice their dealing skills on us. Talk about quickness of hand!!
Funny how ships rarely seemed to arrive in daylight hours - always seemed to get the wake-up call around 3.00am ... then out to the Grayswift and away for 6 months!
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Signed of in Genoa once stayed at the Savoy it had lots of marble and the food was great 2 other Cadets came up and we all had great big steak lunch. No questions asked.
I think that must have been the same hotel we were in. I remember that if you ordered prawn cocktail the waiter brought a wee spirit stove to the table and made the whole thing including the pink mayonaise from scratch.
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