Thursday, 21 October 2010

Post No 713. "England Expects" and remembering ABERFAN,Plus HMAS Australia.

"England expects this day that every man will do his duty", was the signal hoisted at the yard arm of Admiral Horatio Nelsons Flag ship the HMS Victory ,commanded by Capt Hardy on the forenoon of Monday 21st of October 1805. Although certain standards of fair play in naval warfare were  expected this wasn't the case on this particular occasion, Inspections  of 'Victory's guns corroborate the fact that Grape Shot (balls on a chain) were a no no but were used during this battle against a superior number of French and Spanish ships and to add to the discomfort of the enemy upper deck gun crews and others were the bags of gravel (stones) fired by the forward guns of Nelsons fleet of ships. Can you imagine the destructive influence of a spread forty feet wide of several hundred large chunks of stone. If anyone was to blame for any infringement of the rules it would have been the orchestrator of the so called  dirty tricks Naughty Horatio Nelson  who was unable to answer any accusations due to him  being either dead or drunk on his arrival in Blighty pickled in a barrel of brandy, Kiss me Hardy, "Hic'..... Further info From Google.
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October 21st 1944. on a more sombre note , this was a major tragedy when the HMAS Australia_ a County Class Heavy Cruiser was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane killing 30 sailors and levelling her three funnels and upper decks, I personally recall seeing the ship on her return to Sydney,
The following year 1945 , the combined U/S and British Fleet downed an estimated 2,800 Japanese Kamikaze planes, Ask me about it !!. or Read 'The Forgotten Fleet.
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October 21st 1966. ABERFAN, Wales, How can anyone around at the time forget this absolute major tragedy. It pales with most stories about unnecessary loss of innocent lives.
Practically a whole generation of children and teachers were were suffocated by a descending Slag Heap caused by heavy rain, which covered the mining village. Please read this heart rending story.

Google. The Aberfan Disaster


On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales.
These pages were initially set up as part of a project to catalogue and conserve an archive of material relating to the disaster held at Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais libraries. Their objective is to act as a starting place for those interested in finding out about the disaster. They provide an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disaster and, more importantly, a guide and link to the more detailed sources of information available elsewhere.
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On the health front, My own personal problems concerning my cerebral irregularities are no worse and contained. I have now only twenty five more days to wait before my consultation with professor Heard the Neurologist.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph  today failed in their history column, by only mentioning the above Oz segment.

Remember, we must learn which matters may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.
Have a wonderful weekend . Vest Daily Gaggle.





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18 comments:

kate...fb. said...

Vest my Hero, xxx luvs ya Kate,XXX.

Jimmy said...

others have it WORSE, mate


I cried bcz I had no shoes ...

Amy.. Swansea. said...

Kate. I believe he is wonderful too.

WALLY said...

My Mum realy loves vest, and I do too but in a Matey way.
I read about them kids in Aberfan, quite horrible.

Jimmy said...

Rosemary is a considerate, helpful, generous and most of all likable person.

Jimmy said...

and your mom in .... way?
Goshhhh

Jimmy said...

Hey Vest
if I die b4 u
u can have all my girl friends

Jimmy said...

and u dont worry
I will look after your Rose garden

Jimmy said...

a national survey reprts .....


A third of Australian women admitted to have slept with six or more men by the age of 25

Jimmy said...

Golly
I wish I was born in Ozland
I had my first sex at age 26

and I had to pay Doris for it
Doris was 40

A real good teacher

Vest said...

Jimmy: Re your ex girl friends.

I have had enough sex for two lifetimes.
I must turn down your free offer of your former aged red spot girl friends with expired 'use by dates'.

Lower deck Lawyer said...

Dirty tricks from Horatio Nelson, Why not convetion warfare? Mike.

Vest said...

LDL: Presume you mean conventional dirty tricks?

It would seem that, due to the far superior number of enemy ships in opposition, his nibs Horatio decided to expedite a particular rule of engagement never used before ????, due to his then unknown possibility of defeat.

All is fair in love and war.
Particularly so if you are a habitual winner.

DYLAN. said...

Hi, Grandpa. Sorry for such a late reply. I don't get to reading long emails a lot. Generally it's just click and if it is not some form of uni/school thing i'm after I say "I'll read it later". As well as my eyes hurt a little reading large prints on the computer. Too much 'white' light I suppose.

I hope you are doing well, It seems like you are doing alright. I don't have many, if any injuries; but i've come to learn that they generally do last for a very long time. I only have two (none of which cause any non-amusing feeling), which is my left knee, which is more lumpy/fluidy then my right. That happened in Grade 8 or 9 when I skidded on the carpet. The other is a muscle in my left leg, happened a few months ago now. Named after a fish I think. I pulled/snapped it basically. It's mostly better, but there's less freedom in it than my right.

Anyway, those are just rather pointless topics. I hope your appointment has some success. BTW , I think they record pain by heat/sensitivity of the nerves within the body.

Vest said...

Thankyou Dylan,(Heir to the throne of Reywob)
Quite a pleasant surprise to hear from you.
Your Father has suggested you and Bianca spend Christmas with us, and Grandma and Chris and I aggree to his Idea. Let us Know If it is OK with you and Bianca.
Again thanks for your call.

DYLAN. said...

Your welcome. Heir to Reywob. The word is part of most of my passwords!

Spend Christmas with you? That'd be quite a nice change, rather then the regular "at dad's place"; which we've had for... quite a number of years. Had Christmas at our one place only once in the past ten years or so. So yeah, a change would be nice.

Bianca also likes the idea. Apparently already knew about it.

Also, I need to give you my formal photos. I've been meaning to give a few to you for the past two weeks - the formal was on the 8th October.
So i've attached a few that I have. Enjoy. Note i've tried showing you some of my friends in there as well. So, lots of photos. Tried picking the best selection.

There's also Bianca in a maid outfit (she had some costume party) and another with her boyfriend, Aaron.

Jimmy said...

Why not convetion warfare?

Dont be silly Wally
u fight a war to win

if u dont have a hitech army and armaments

u use Kamikaze and Jehadis

Jimmy said...

http://imnutsincaps-history.blogspot.com/2010/10/soon-uk-and-vest-will-be-muslim.html

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