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Isle of Wight Tanker "Hijacked" 25/10/20

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Dr Death

War Hero
Dr Death must have been on the assault. He’s gone very quiet on this, his specialised area :roll:
As you must be the thread leader & chief big konb I better tell you.

My Father had a fall last night out walking, he laid in the rain for some 30 minutes, no one was around & in considerable pain managed to get up. He rang me, I rang the ambulance people. They were brilliant and by the time I got to he hospital he was chatting away to the nurses..

Seems he did not fall the way he was told in parachute training the 1950's.
And he did ask not to say anything to his army chums as they will take the pee, a lot!

The staff were great with him, x rays reveal no bones broken but a bruise the size of a small African country.
He is now at home, the fact my mother has early dementia does not help and she worries then forgets where he is. Mum now nursing him and doing a good job.
 

Pteranadon

LE
Book Reviewer
Migrants, not immigrants.

There's also an important principle: let them get away with it and lots more will try it.
Immigrants is correct terminology. I doubt if they have plans to migrate back in the summer after the nesting season.

I am not sure what has been achieved on the deterrence front. I doubt if the stowaways planned an act of piracy. Sure, anyone arrested for mutiny or piracy is unlikely to have a good case for asylum. However, it has drawn attention to the option of entering Britain by stowing away on a merchant ship.

Bribing some under paid merchant sailors to hide you somewhere on a big ship is probably much cheaper than paying the chain of middlemen involved in people smuggling. Much less chance of drowning than crossing the Mediterranean or the Channel on a rubber dinghy or perishing in an airless container or refrigerator.
 
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Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
Bribing some under paid merchant sailors to hide you somewhere on a big ship is probably much cheaper than paying the chain of middlemen involved in people smuggling. Much less chance of drowning than crossing the Mediterranean or the Channel on a rubber dinghy or in an airless container or refrigerator.
Up to the point where they shoot you in the head and ease you over the rail for the hammerheads,makoes and whitetips who have followed you patiently from Lagos, quietly salivating.....
 
I've only got one dit of that sort but it's not identical. I was over in BATUS, manning the Ops Room as staff, enduring another day of trying to keep the Battlegroup and OPFOR guys and gals killing themselves on the range roads by speeding like the complete braindead idiots they were, when a call came in over the net reference the MO's Rover that was tasked to go on an exercise casualty having managed to roll itself over.

(If anyone's been to BATUS they know how slippery the roads were on the training area, so rollovers and excursions into ditches were pretty common.)

It was quite exciting for a few minutes trying to sort the CASEVAC out after confirming that it was a genuine emergency. Especially since one of the main callsigns tasked with sorting stuff out happened to be the one that was involved in the proceedings...

I can't understand it - nobody has quoted:

'...the rover's over, I say again, rover's over, over'
 
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