Friday, March 16, 2007

This stinks

'Seven sailors had to be airlifted from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier after being overcome by fumes in one of the ship's toilets. The crewmen on board HMS Illustrious suffered sore eyes and throats in a junior ratings' toilet area' - The Metro


I suppose its better than being shot at by "insurgents", in a jeep made of wood , but this equipment problem gets everywhere

32 comments:

mutleythedog said...

Where was The Hitch during all this ? I am working on a Biography of him by the way, completely unauthorised obviously, so if you have any funny stories about his appetites do let me know!

electro-kevin said...

As it was the junior ratings' accommodation I expect that they got confused when told to 'clean the toilet'. I notice that the original post uses the word 'toilet' which is not the correct nautical parlance, 'head' is.

The Hitch said...

This is a serious matter, the late screaming lord sutch was over come by fumes after the unfortunate combination of cleaning products.
Im too hard for anything like that to happen to me, but I sympathise.

Philipa said...

Men clean lavatories? Crikey! Whatever next, women at sea?

Newmania said...

Mutley , the Hitch is aman of mystery and we know little of him but that he hides behind the fron door in his underpants . It is a telling detail but I don`t thuink you can get abook out of it

Newmania said...

Kev - you salty old sea dog thanks for giving us all "head"....as the correcrt nautical parlance :)

Newmania said...

Hitch I do believe you are making that up as you go along ...

(Actually every time I have doubted you I have been wrong so its probably another from the bizarre but true factory.What on earth do you read ?)

Newmania said...

P I don`t think you can have women at sea they would spoil the romantic atmosphere..

Seaman Staines, Master Bates requires you immediately !!

CityUnslicker said...

I bet the cehf paid for this in the traditional seaman's style...

Philipa said...

Newmania - Eew!!

Sadly there are women at sea - a stupid idea. We have a nautical connection in our family hence my once dating a submariner who never stopped talking about his boat as if it was a long lost limb.

Newmania said...

CU-the traditional seaman's style...

Rum Bum and Concertina ?

P... Ha ha ha ...you have a sharp tongue for a wench

electro-kevin said...

Rum, bum and concertina - haw haw !

You forgot - Roger the cabin boy.

Was Captain Pugwash really that filthy ? I must have been so innocent at the time.

Newmania said...

It was Tom the Cabin Boy , pity eh ?I suppose you know the urban legend about the meaning of Pugwash ?

The Ludingtonian said...

Newmania -

Spot on. The whole Pugwash urban mythology, which eventually involved a couple of lawsuits, is debunked here.

Newmania said...

Well well well how astonishing
Thanks Ludington noticed you the other day .Nice work...

It is really quite hysterical that they could quite innocently have had Seaman Staines and Master Bates though and incredulity is not unforgiveable.


Today is the day I try to do somemthing faintly intelligent so I `m of to my book and press clippings...Or I could watch more of 24 series five which I recommend .

Why can we not make that sort of radical popular drama ? This country is such an old Lady`s armpit sometimes
( Better than all the others obviously)

Philipa said...

A sharp tongue? No Newmania, just the truth - honestly the way some matlows talk about their ship it's like hearing them talk about a woman. But when you're spending 5 months at a time on one in the middle of the ocean I suppose you have to learn to love it. It's their little piece of home and people shoot at it. I can certainly understand a little emotionalism, after all, they are on that vessel in order to protect and maintain my freedom. But switching lifestyles between ship and home is not like turning on and off a light switch. And when that life is over and they come ashore, some don't adjust that easily. I think that should be understood and I didn't mean to criticise, just comment on it. It's difficult enough for the wives ashore and the men on board. Putting women on board, IMHO, is just stupid.

Newmania said...

Good god its worse than I thought

The Captain Pugwash cartoon, which originally ran on the BBC between 1958 and 1967, is widely believed to have featured characters with risqué maritime names such as Master Bates, Seaman Staines, and Roger the Cabin Boy. In fact, the crew of the famous Black Pig ship included sailors with no such names: present on board were Master Mate, Tom the Cabin Boy, and Pirates Barnabas and Willy. (No character with the designation of 'Seaman' appeared in the show.) Series creator John Ryan successfully won retractions and settlements from the Sunday Correspondent and the Guardian after both newspapers claimed that the show's characters did indeed have smutty names, and that the BBC had taken it off the air as a result.



I `m disappointed ...I could have sworn there was a Seaman Staines. Still I `m damn certian the Puff the Magic Dragon was about Drugs , i mean come on what about Littel Jackie Paper and Crystal Tips and Alistair " Crystal !!!" what do you want Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds ?

I also have interpreted Rhubard and Custard along quasi Thatcherite lines so I`m not awfully trustworty on this stuff. It is suggestive though that entrepreneurial Rhubarb is constantly mocked by the idle media Liberal intelligentsia "Custard" calling on upon the PC Birds to mock further at all his inventiveness.

Tom and Jerry has a lot to answer for the omnipresent victim culture that blights the land and Shaggy was a draft dodging Commie undermining the Puirty of the American way as symbolised by Fred..

I could go on...nuff ? Thought so

Newmania said...

Intersting P I noticed that brought out in one of my favourite Films of all time " Master and Commander"

Couldn`t really get to grips with the books though

The Ludingtonian said...

Newmania -

Sorry to disappoint on such a fine Spring day, but it's back to the Really Big Brains at Snopes for the
lowdown on the Magic Dragon.

Newmania said...

Is nothing sacred to you Ludington ? NOTHING ?!!!!

Yeesh I do hate the way these scholars always have to be revisionsist ... go on collect your grant and leave the cherished myths of this land alone.

I fear change

Minx said...

If you tell me that Dylan, from the Magic Roundabout, wasn't spliffed up - I just won't believe you!

The Hitch said...

Mr mania
You are indeed correct , there is no way it would ever be possible to get a book out of my underpants , they are too tight, although famous in a way you can only dream of (+:
private eye , the new statesman
my underpants are notorious

The Hitch said...

As to screaming lord sutch that was indeed a true story.
Daft bastard hung himself , although true depression is a horrific thing to live with.

Ellee said...

Men and their toilet humour, I guess this is one good reason not to sign up for life on the ocean waves.

I hope Mrs N is being treated especially nicely today Mr N. Did she get breakfast in bed?

And what were you doing up so late last night? I bet you wonder how I know.

mutleythedog said...

Modern ones are worse - what on earth are the Fimbles? and why does that stuff the Teletubbies eat look like a giant "E"?

Are you trying to suggest that Doyley Wood was not about cottaging? (Strange things happen...)

Mr N - my blog is still there, I just happen to be sharing this registration with an incontinent bi-polar alcoholic who posts as Old Scroggity, I cannot be held responsible for the contents of his blog! he sleeps under my desk at Bridport own Hall!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What an entertaining bunch of comments this post has attracted, Mr N! I don't understand half of them - I understand the crudest bits, though! - and I've had a good laugh.

Newmania said...

Well I have been out gettting into trouble by offending someone who does aid work in Africa.
My life would be so much easier II could control my instincts.

electro-kevin said...

Da-da da-da, da-da da-da, de-dum de-dum de-dum de tum-ty ...


Thanks everyone - you've cheered me up on a pretty shitty day.

:-)

electro-kevin said...

Hitch - I hear ya ! Boy, do I hear ya (depression). Got a bi-polar in the family and it is god awful at the moment.

Newmania said...

Da-da da-da, da-da da-da,

Is this Da da -ist?

(Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in neutral Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (poetry, art manifestoes, art theory), theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti war politic through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. )_

electro-kevin said...

That was my rendition for the Capt. Pugwash theme tune in case you hadn't worked it out.

Thanks for the enlightenment there Mr N - you certainly are a smart feller !

Croydonian said...

Since you have meandered, I will meander further: a friend at university was quite taken with the Futurism as well as Dada etc, and took to hear the Futurist manifesto idea that one should sport spoons as buttonholes rather than flowers, as they were 'more modern'. Yes, really.

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