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Thread #15249 Message #1567031
Posted By: Charmion
20-Sep-05 - 03:11 PM
Thread Name: Balls cried the Queen, if I had two...
Subject: RE: Balls cried the Queen, if I had two...
"If my aunt had wheels, she'd be a bicycle" is the version I learned from my dear old history professor.
Such recitations are known as "sod's operas" in the Royal Navy. My favourite is 'Awkins' 'Alo, the one about the angel (ex-able seaman) who gets tired of harping and ends up on Creator's Report, where he is sentenced to three days Hell:
"'Ere to 'ere, fiery chariots wheel-greasing.
'Ere to 'ere, Pearly Gates rail polishing.
So I 'arps from noon to stand-easy, and I 'arps from stand-easy to dinner.