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    Well folks, I have just got back from the week long work party on board HMY Britannia. This was our second one, as last year was so successful.

    All us old crew go there and help the association team in their effort to keep the old girl up to the standard it was when it was commissioned.

    We all had a great time, as its more of a reunion for us really, anyway, whats been happening here then

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudger View Post
    Well folks, I have just got back from the week long work party on board HMY Britannia. This was our second one, as last year was so successful.

    All us old crew go there and help the association team in their effort to keep the old girl up to the standard it was when it was commissioned.

    We all had a great time, as its more of a reunion for us really, anyway, whats been happening here then
    Hi Smudger - not had a party on board, but Mrs W and I did "the tour" a couple of years ago and we were quite surprised at just how, well, basic the furnishings, etc were! Seems HM & Him didn't live in the sort of luxury we imagine! And how anyone ever managed to cater for hundreds of foreign dignitaries from that galley I'll never know!!!

    (Loved the slide out car though - brilliant)

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    Cheers for that Watcher, glad you enjoyed the tour. We made a good start of renovating the old escort boats, but ran out of time, so the staff will have to finish them off.

    Today, I managed to clean the alloy wheels on our car, before the rain came.

    I use a big bottle brush for doing that, it works a treat, especially on the front wheels where the break housing is

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    Geez! its quiet in here tonight, where is everybody?

    Today our lad helped me to raise the height of our driveway gates, as one of them was hitting the ground while opening.

    They are just wooden ones that I made ten years ago when we first moved in here, but the G/Kids have been climbing all over them, don't you just love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudger View Post
    Geez! its quiet in here tonight, where is everybody?

    Today our lad helped me to raise the height of our driveway gates, as one of them was hitting the ground while opening.

    They are just wooden ones that I made ten years ago when we first moved in here, but the G/Kids have been climbing all over them, don't you just love them!
    Wish I could say my life was as interesting! I've spent last two nights taking down minutes as a volunteer and last two days typing them up, plus catering (unannounced) for several very hungry late teens/early twenties whilst at same time endeavouring to prepare food for said youths and my Mum and get all the camping gear together for two nights away in Fort Augustus - and we've had frosts the last two nights! Brrr! :-)

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    Geez! that sounds a lot more interesting than the life I lead, and it sounds like you keep yourself really busy, good luck with it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudger View Post
    Geez! that sounds a lot more interesting than the life I lead, and it sounds like you keep yourself really busy, good luck with it all.
    Not really Smudger - when rallies aren't on, can get pretty dull! And rallies are hard work - if I do a control it can take nearly a week to get myself familiar with it and if I'm marshalling takes a good couple of days to do the homework. But it does keep me going - as Mum gets increasingly frail, I can't do the part time work I started after Dad died, so gotta do something to keep sane - not sure radio controlling is the answer though!!!

    Being on the Britannia must have been interesting - I was only her once a long time ago as a very minor guest and I keep saying to myself I should go on a tour one of these times I'm down in Dun Eidean but time is not on my side on those occasions at the moment.

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    Aye! its worth the trip to see it.

    I had to do a shopping run today, and as I forgot it was Friday, the place was mobbed!
    (I suffer from anxiety which makes me nervous in crowds)

    Our lad had to come and sit with his Mum, as she tends to take breathing panic attacks, as she is terminally ill with emphysema, amongst other problems?

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    Smudger, in an effort to stop you dying of boredom, I wonder have you tried programming your computer. Here are a couple of simple programming languages (free) to have fun with.
    The first (Scratch found at http://scratch.mit.edu/ ) is actually designed for children but has a big following so there is lots of information available on its forum, it is presented in a Lego like form, bits plug together.
    The other one that is easy to get going with is Microsoft Small Basic found at http://www.smallbasic.co.uk/ This is just a simplified programming language but is more like mainstream languages, again there is a big following and a forum so there is lots of support.
    Finally there is Stick animator found at http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multime...Animator.shtml again a big following so plenty of guidance and examples, no programming just patience required.
    I hope one or all of these ease the boredom.

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    Not quite sure what to make of that Wagolynn, are you having a pop at me?

    It took me ages to get used to using that Guide ML language I had to use on the BBC web site that I write short stories for.

    I was only trying to get a new thread going, as its quite a popular thread on another ex service site I visit a lot

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