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It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)

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LORD NELSON
NELSON'S FAREWELL


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MGM·Lion 21 Oct 09 - 01:37 AM
The Villan 21 Oct 09 - 03:11 AM
Will Fly 21 Oct 09 - 03:24 AM
Keith A of Hertford 21 Oct 09 - 03:30 AM
Sugwash 21 Oct 09 - 03:31 AM
Linda Kelly 21 Oct 09 - 03:46 AM
The Villan 21 Oct 09 - 04:17 AM
GUEST,BBP at work 21 Oct 09 - 04:24 AM
Leadfingers 21 Oct 09 - 05:35 AM
bubblyrat 21 Oct 09 - 06:22 AM
Linda Kelly 21 Oct 09 - 08:09 AM
The Villan 21 Oct 09 - 08:16 AM
alanabit 21 Oct 09 - 08:27 AM
theleveller 21 Oct 09 - 08:33 AM
The Villan 21 Oct 09 - 08:43 AM
Willa 21 Oct 09 - 10:53 AM
Dead Horse 21 Oct 09 - 11:10 AM
Terry McDonald 21 Oct 09 - 12:47 PM
Joe_F 21 Oct 09 - 04:55 PM
Rowan 21 Oct 09 - 05:51 PM
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Subject: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 01:37 AM

Bold NELSON's Praise I Mean To Sing....


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 03:11 AM

It used to be a holiday!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Will Fly
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 03:24 AM

So it is - I've a tot or two of Wood's rum left in the bottle. I shall raise a glass this evening...


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 03:30 AM

I sailed past the light on Cape Trafalgar in summer.
The rest of the crew humoured me while I sang the Trafalgar verses of John's Gone To Hilo.
keith.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Sugwash
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 03:31 AM

To the Immortal Momory... Up spirits, stand fast the Holy Ghost!

I was asked at a sing-around last night "What's with all the Nelson songs?", sheesh.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 03:46 AM

Tonight at Cottingham Live it is sea songs only


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 04:17 AM

Maybe you should add some mining songs as well, in memory of the Abefan Disaster, Linda


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: GUEST,BBP at work
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 04:24 AM

It's also the second anniversary of my Dad's death. Amazing how time flies. I'll be singing a mining song on Friday Les, to show respect for the miner who died earlier this week at Kellingley Colliery.

Sorry for the thread creep. Maybe I'll try to find a suitable song for Trafalgar as well.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 05:35 AM

No Money in Trafalgar for us - But We DO do well out of the Petty Officers Pickle nights !
For the Un Initiated , HMS Pickle brought the news of Trafalgar and Nelson's death back to England .


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: bubblyrat
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 06:22 AM

Sea- songs definitely on daily orders for Marlow Bottom Acoustic Club tonight! I shall be offering "On Board Of The Victory" as per The Boys Of The Lough from years ago (1970s?)----"Wish You Were Here".
    A pity you don't live nearer to me, cousin Will......I could come round for "Sippers" (although I prefer "Gulpers" !). There's a very good photo of me on "Facebook",leading a mock funeral cortege of CPO Tiffs and Mechanicians back to their mess at HMS Daedalus with the last-ever issue of rum,carried on a white-ensign-draped coffin,and with "RIP TOT" picked out in black masking -tape on my bass-drum,if anyone's interested ?
            Anyway,don't forget "The Immortal Memory" tonight ; and remember to remain seated !


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:09 AM

Too late for that Villan as I have primed people already - but I will offer an acknowledgement tonight. I still remember it as if it was yesterday-47 years where has it gone?


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:16 AM

Scary Eh!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: alanabit
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:27 AM

I recall the special parades when I was at The Royal Hospital School some forty years ago. I do not miss them either! However, Trafalgar was a splendid victory for the Royal Navy. Did it really put the final nail in the coffin of Napoleon's plans to invade the UK? I am not well up enough on all the details to be sure, but that is what I learned. I read somewhere that his plans to cross the Channel were pretty moronic anyway, but I shall pass that one over to the better read historians here!
Trafalgar is well worth commemorating - if only because it must have been a pretty horrible experience for all those who took part in it.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: theleveller
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:33 AM

"I'll be singing a mining song on Friday Les, to show respect for the miner who died earlier this week at Kellingley Colliery."

I'm with you, there, Deidre. Don Cook, who died in September last year when part of the roof collapsed at Kellingley was the father of one of my son's friends.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:43 AM

For a minute there, I thought there was a new duo

Busy Bee Paul & The Leveller


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Willa
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 10:53 AM

Will be singing 'On board the Victory' at Cott Live.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Dead Horse
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 11:10 AM

Tis also Coleridge Day.
Perhaps a recitation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner would be in order :-)


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 12:47 PM

Tomorrow evening, at Wimborne, I'll be singing 'On Board the Victory' and 'The Death of Nelson' (melody by Graham Pratt).


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 04:55 PM

'And, Sir, the secret of his victories?'
'By his unServicelike, familiar ways, Sir,
He made the whole Fleet love him, damn his eyes!'

-- Robert Graves, "1805" [_sic_ -- 9 January 1806, actually]


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Rowan
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 05:51 PM

And the last Union Jack from the Battle of Trafalgar was auctioned on the anniversary.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 06:03 PM

The news is come over, through the country spread, that the French were defeated but Lord Nelson lies dead...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:37 PM

Mourn, England, mourn..........


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: JWB
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 09:50 PM

If you'll permit a toast from an admirer in the US, I raise a glass of Goslings 151 and murmur:

Here's to the ships of the Navy,
And here's to the ladies of the land.
May the former be well rigged,
And the latter be well manned.

On a more somber note, a moment of silence for all the dead of two centuries ago.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: GUEST,Ballyholme
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 09:56 PM

Several years ago I discovered I had a relative who had served on board the HMS Tonnant at Trafalgar - a discovery which led me to learn as much as I could about the battle.

For anyone who wants to get a sense of what it was really like I would recommend Roy Adkins' book "Nelson's Trafalgar". It deals in great detail the living conditions, the diet, hygiene, discipline and health of the Royal Navy in 1805.

As alanabit says: "it must have been a pretty horrible experience for all those who took part in it". You are right, alanabit. It was a squalid, brutal and terrifying experience - as war usually is.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:05 AM

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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:09 AM

The previous post was me, I hit the send by accident [it's my age y'know!}
"it must have been a pretty horrible experience" See thread "Common British tar". The county mourned for Nelson, cheered the victory, and, in the main, forgot about the men who fought with, & died with Nelson.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:12 AM

The family grapevine says that the bosun on the Victory at Traflagar was one of my ancestors. I've never done any research to prove it though, and I don't know what his name was.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 08:32 AM

There is a wonderful book by John Masefield, the poet, who served before the mast when young - called "Sea Life in Nelson's Time". It was read voraciously by the young C.S. Forester, who drew on it extensively for his "Hornblower" books. If you're interested in the Navy of Nelson's time and get the chance to read it, then do so.

Like many another over the centuries - Nelson's seamen were heroes in wartime, often forgotten and sometimes reviled in peacetime.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: EBarnacle
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:51 AM

A friend sent me this today:

Some years ago I saw a report of a Trafalgar re-enactment in which the actors portraying Nelson and his boat crew were required by the government to wear PFDs in the boat.

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Nelson at Trafalgar, 2009:

Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."

Hardy: "Aye, aye sir."

Nelson: "Hold on, that's not what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"

Hardy: "Sorry sir?"

Nelson (reading aloud): "' England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.' - What gobbledegook is this?"

Hardy: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job getting 'England' past the censors, lest it be considered racist."

Nelson: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."

Hardy: "Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments."

Nelson: "In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the mainbrace to steel the men before battle."

Hardy: "The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government's policy on binge drinking."

Nelson: "Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it ........... full speed ahead."

Hardy: "I think you'll find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water."

Nelson: "Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest please."

Hardy: "That won't be possible, sir."

Nelson: "What?"

Hardy: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding can be erected."

Nelson: "Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."

Hardy: "He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck, Admiral."

Nelson: "Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd."

Hardy: "Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled."

Nelson: "Differently abled? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card."

Hardy: "Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency."

Nelson: "Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons."

Hardy: "A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won't let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don't want anyone breathing in too much salt - haven't you seen the adverts?"

Nelson: "I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy."

Hardy: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."

Nelson: "What? This is mutiny!"

Hardy: "It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There's a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks."

Nelson: "Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"

Hardy: "Actually, sir, we're not."

Nelson: "We're not?"

Hardy: "No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation."

Nelson: "But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."

Hardy: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up on disciplinary report."

Nelson: "You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King."

Hardy: "Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life"

Nelson: "Don't tell me - health and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?"

Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal punishment."

Nelson: "What about sodomy?"

Hardy: "I believe that is now legal, sir."

Nelson: "In that case............................... kiss me, Hardy."


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day...
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:04 PM

LOL!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 08:10 PM

Eric-

For shame!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 09:07 PM

This has been recorded by a Shanty group. I won't advertise it, because I really find it tiresome when straw man 'PC' parodies serve to ridicule honest attempts at including more people in everyday discourse.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Les from Hull
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 03:55 PM

Nelson wasn't blind in one eye. He was temporarily blinded in one eye in 1793, but his sight returned. The Admiralty disallowed his claim for compensation.

He was self-seeking and self-aggrandising. He dumped his wife to take up with a former prostitute who was married to a much older man. Polite society shunned them both. I know that this isn't the popular view of Nelson, but Britain has had much more worthy naval heroes. His victories were won by having better captains and better crews than the enemy. There was very little a fleet commander can do the affect the outcome of a battle in those days once it had started.
His tactics at Trafalgar turned out favourably, but were quite a risk, in that he voluntarily 'crossed his own T' in light winds. Still it's often better to have a lucky commander than a skillful one!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Ref
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 08:16 PM

Read Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe's Trafalgar" for well-researched and eminently readable descriptions of the tactics and horrors of the battle.

It not only ended Napoleon's dreams of invading England, it destroyed Spain's navy and drove them to join England's camp.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 09:29 PM

Another novel providing a fine insight - this time into why he was hated by the Neapolitans, whom aparently he misgoverned and grievously and dishonestly deceived, - is Barry Unsworth's Losing Nelson.

But I don't care what anybody says: Bold Nelson's Praise I mean to sing!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 06:48 AM

As Geoff Higginbottom loved to point out , Trafalgar backwards is Ragalfart !


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: doc.tom
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 08:27 AM

Really, it's Raglafart. Diz Disley always used the line - ah well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 08:53 AM

I can only regard anyone who could make such an observation as a complete Trafalgar Square!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 02:35 AM

We're there again.

So refresh!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 02:40 AM

♫♫♫
So a health unto the Victory, that ship of noble fame;
Likewise that noble Admiral, Bold Nelson was his name.
At the Battle of Trafalgar, 'twas the Victory led the way...
                                              ♫♫♫


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Will Fly
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 01:19 PM

To The Immortal Memory! I shall be having sippers later (Woods Navy).


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 01:31 PM

Admirals All

       A Song of Sea Kings
       Henry Newbolt 1897

    EFFINGHAM, Grenville, Raleigh, Drake,
       Here's to the bold and free!
    Benbow, Collingwood, Byron, Blake,
       Hail to the Kings of the Sea!
    Admirals all, for England's sake,
       Honour be yours and fame!
    And honour, as long as waves shall break,
       To Nelson's peerless name!

                   Admirals all, for England's sake,
                                  Honour be yours and fame!
                   And honour, as long as waves shall break,
                            To Nelson's peerless name!

    Essex was fretting in Cadiz Bay
       With the galleons fair in sight;
    Howard at last must give him his way,
       And the word was passed to fight.

    Never was schoolboy gayer than he,
       Since holidays first began:
    He tossed his bonnet to wind and sea,
       And under the guns he ran.

    Drake nor devil nor Spaniard feared,
       Their cities he put to the sack;
    He singed His Catholic Majesty's beard,
       And harried his ships to wrack.
    He was playing at Plymouth a rubber of bowls
       When the great Armada came;
    But he said, "They must wait their turn, good souls,"
       And he stooped and finished the game.

    Fifteen sail were the Dutchmen bold,
       Duncan he had but two;
    But he anchored them fast where the Texel shoaled,
       And his colours aloft he flew.
    "I've taken the depth to a fathom," he cried,
       "And I'll sink with a right good will:
    For I know when we're all of us under the tide
       My flag will be fluttering still."

    Splinters were flying above, below,
       When Nelson sailed the Sound:
    "Mark you, I wouldn't be elsewhere now,"
       Said he, "for a thousand pound!"
    The Admiral's signal bade him fly
       But he wickedly wagged his head:
    He clapped the glass to his sightless eye,
       And "I'm damned if I see it!" he said.

    Admirals all, they said their say
       (The echoes are ringing still).
    Admirals all, they went their way
       To the haven under the hill.
    But they left us a kingdom none can take --
       The realm of the circling sea --
    To be ruled by the rightful sons of Blake,
       And the Rodneys yet to be.

                   Admirals all, for England's sake,
                            Honour be yours and fame!
                   And honour, as long as waves shall break,
                            To Nelson's peerless name!

       Henry Newbolt


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 02:39 PM

Not,of course, that the memory, be it ne'er so immortal, is spotless. There was an episode in his life, assisting the King of Naples to maintain his position at the turn of 18-19C, for which I believe his name is reviled in Naples to this day. The notorious affaire with Lady Hamilton was ongoing at the time. Details of this part of his biography, lightly fictionalised but convincingly represented, can be found in Barry Unsworth's distinguished novel Losing Nelson, 1999.

But for all that, it is still Trafalgar Day

~~ Honour as long as waves shall break...


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 03:41 PM

Heroes often have more complex biographies then some would prefer.

Here's to Nelson!!!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 04:39 PM

I don't care who he was getting it on with, the man was a hero. The cross of St. George is flying at half mast on our flag pole and I am having a drink in memory of the Admiral.I know I was there.

Sing me a shanty, Cantad del Cabo San Vicente
Chantez des Marin de Nile
Sing a hymn of Trafalgar. (Mike O'Connor)Damn! I weep every time I think of this song.


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: doc.tom
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 04:41 PM

Let us hope this glorious victory
Will surely bring us peace,
That all the trades in England
Will prosper and increase,
Our ships from port to port go free,
No more to face an enemy,
That Nelson died for liberty,
On board a Man-o'-War.

(DEATH OF NELSON - sung by George Dunn)

... Fat chance!


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Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
From: bubblyrat
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 06:52 AM

I don't know about "sippers" , Mike ; "gulpers", more like ,especially for an old "bubbly"-rat like me (although I rather like "Sailor Jerry's" nowadays ,but then I was an "Airey Fairy" ,after all ).So I'll raise a glass (whilst sitting down, of course )at- umm.. just about NOW actually . Gosh ! 1150 ! Up Spirits ! Tot -Time !


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