Congrats Liz on your Birthday, hoorah hoorah and that sort of stuff. The Queen of Great Britain and a diminishing number of Commonwealth countries is 81 years old today, Slightly older than me, I was only two thirds processed when Her Majesty first saw the light of day. Now dont get me wrong when I say the Royals in the main are a bunch of pikers, largely brought about by her progeny, I do admire her steadfastness and her dignified approach in dealing with her role as the head of State, And it must be noted that it is She who through her Bureaucrats pay me more than half of my present income .
I Remember the 'Pipe' "All hands clear the upper deck" "B Turret will fire at 1200"
It was the 21st of April 1952 off the coast of Nth Korea, I was serving aboard the HMS CEYLON A British Royal Navy Cruiser of some 8,500 gross tons. 9x6"or 150mm, and 8x4"100mm GUNS.
The flag signal at the yard arm read, "with the compliments of her majesty the Queen on her 26th birthday"
A twenty-one Gun Royal salute of 1cwt or 50 kilo high explosive shells were unleashed at the Nth Korean military targets on the coast, creating mayhem and destruction. on behalf of the United Nations, in support of South Korea.
But on the other hand or foot if you prefer, the cost of this frivolity in all probability created death and destruction to countless people, but this was a war thingy and not often did we have cause for hilarity despite the misery we created for the enemy. OK , Alright I'm sorry Mr Gook.
Smack!! take that you pommie git.
Saturday, 21 April 2007
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