with server troubles, but despite their help I think I’ve finally made the break through and am back on all four paws again (and me being effectively these days a technological dodo).


who only sit and watch with jaundiced eye—

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—whilst pondering all possible meanings of the words “You reap what you sow”. As in, for example—

The Royal Navy has suffered a manning crisis since Government cutbacks in 2010 and, despite high-profile television adverts, faces a shortfall of 2,000 sailors across the fleet. 

Oh dear … not enough hands, they’ll have to cut down their flagship to just two banks of oars …

In a legal loophole which allows the MoD to avoid full liability, those who sign up to dust off their uniforms will enlist as Full Time Reservists, given contracts and terms of service for just five years before they are back in civilian life.

Punitive cuts in 2010 saw 12 vessels axed from the fleet and 5,000 jobs lost, with plans to increase this by a further 1,000 by 2020.

Last night former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West said: “We are paying the price for ill-judged cuts to the Royal Navy announced by the Coalition Government in 2010.

So they are advertising for silly old poops to come out of retirement and rejoin? Is this such a good idea, really—do they actually believe that some vintage hairy-arsed ancient matelot will fit into the modern culturally-sensitive non-sexist tot-free modern fleet?

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really possible to take the ‘wooden ships and iron men’ old salts and fit them into iron ships with … (gulp) wimmin?

I’d say no, as in not.

Let the dead bury their dead and all that stuff; they might get a few sign up out of nostalgia for a way of life that no longer exists; or a few from patriotism, perverse curiosity, or love of bonus … but would it actually work? Or is it that same mentality now desperately clutching at straws?


I think it’s someone’s idea of a joke.



And just as an afterthought: have the clever folks of the RN’s design teams figured out what to do about the problems with their all-singing all-dancing modern destroyers? You know what I’m on about … them battle boats that can’t go into warmish waters … but don’t fret, recycled retirees can pull on the sweeps (oars) as well now as they could fifty years ago. Boom boom~!


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