Cheers for now Ian
funny how it works! one memory brings back another. Jim Main JIM MAIN!! how the hell could I have forgotten that mad drunken Scotsman?? (I was just a young apprentice drunken Scotsman) I remember how he used to pour some of his tot over a small tree just outside the mess room killed the Bl**dy thing ! that was sacrilege especially to a poor "UA". I also think if my memory serves me well that he used to climb the mast when Pi**ed Me?? I used to go walkabout!! starkers sometimes carrying my bunk with me?? remember one of the Sikh police finding me and reported to the duty Po he had found a body!! Jim Cassidy!! yep remember him well HE PINCHED KIM FROM ME!! OH and boy do I also remember KAY!!!!!!!!!!! many a sleepless night!!
Glenis ? she was something else We had a fancy dress night in the club I went into the TV room for a breather and glenis and Tony came in , sat down beside me and had a snog trouble was that glenis was holding my hand at the same time!! If you remember going to get girlie you must remember that you nearly got a dog from the Hong Kong RSPCA but they asked you if there were any kids on the island. When you answered yes quite a few they said NO YOU CAN'T have this dog it "LIKES CHILDREN"!!!!! I remember upsetting the "wives one day at the pool!! I brought three of the Bar girls from Henrys bar for the afternoon. Mind you I did get some admiring looks when I took my Chinese girlfriend to the Joint services Party in the peninsular hotel!! she was absolutely gorgeous . Actually she worked for the Hong Kong tourist board and was sister to one of the Bar girls(betty)who fixed me up . Mind you the conditions were that she (Margaret) was a good girl and any hanky panky was to be reserved for Betty OR ELSE!!)Some of the runs ashore could last for days sleeping in the corner of Henrys, 0200 when it closed going to the KK club then back to henrys at 0700 for breakfast. The mamasan used to hold some money incase I ran out and needed taxi to Lothian road to get a Walla Walla water taxi back to the island. I will never forget my first run ashore I had arrived after 24 hour RAF flight and was given a transit bunk in TAMAR there was one other guy but he was waiting to travel home next day on my light , anyway I was Knacked but he persuaded me to go ashore. Started at the china fleet club My first pint of tiger was off!! and I was nearly sick I thought how the hell am I going to manage 18 months of this!! A few more pints and all was well !! went down to Wanchi had only been in the bar for five minutes and had a young girl under the table on hands and Knees if you get my drift I then remember thinking "how am I going to last 18 months out here.
Smiley and Hoe?? Yeah smiley used to open the side door at ten in the morning so we could have the hair of the dog He had a house full of kids if I remember no wonder he seemed to live on the island!! and yeah Hoe seemed to do all the work. Remember that the most important tool behind the bar was a SPOON the tiger Or san Mig used to come out so damned frothy.
you were saying about the vietnam war and how the yanks used to come to Hong Kong on R and R I remember if we were skint we used to go to a bar near the star ferry and if you were prepared to listnen to them you could get drink all night for free!! mind you I always remember asking one Yank Matelot what he did and got the reply "Ice Cream dispenser 1st Class!! Oh always got a zippo with the ships Crest as well. I actually went to Vietnam two years ago it was interesting to see things from the other point of view.
I didn't,t remember that you came from the northeast but there again where else would a George Stevenson come from!! Durham Eh? I actually live in Durham City now myself. I used to work out of Framwellgate moor but since Durham Ambulance Merged with Northumbria I now work at the Infamous Pallion in Sunderland. Married a "sand dancer" from South shields not long after Stone cutters but long divorced now
Cheers for now