Ooooh, odd. Having a bit of a nostalgia rush.

It’s 1975 again, location is Greenhithe in Kent or, this is where it gets confused, memory is a volatile and unreliable beast, London, 680 Commercial Road. There are three stick thin 19 year olds walking along a street, arm in arm and singing. Each one is dressed in shorts and a white T shirt. There is a large letter written on the front and back of each T shirt. Looking at the three from the front the letters spell out MNC, this stands for Merchant Navy College. Read from behind, don’t read too far into that, they spell GAY.
Trite I agree, but at the time they thought they were terribly amusing, even a little bit boundary breaking. Sigh.
And the ‘song’ they were singing?
Well, it went along the lines of….

“We’ve sailed the seven seas,
And though you’d never think it,
The rum’s too strong for us,
But we like the men that drink it”

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Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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2 Responses to Memories

  1. chris wheeler says:

    Stumbled across your blog whilst perusing the MNC Greenhythe web. This brought back some memories.From one slightly older mid fifties master mariner to another. I remember the night in 1975 you describe well, However, I believe you will find that the location would be in the conought Arms in Burdette road, East end London sometime between September and the Christmas Break when the course was re located from Tower Hill to the nearly completed MNC facility ashore in Greenhithe. The old Worcester still being in full view but no longer used. I believe I was on the same Induction Course and Phase One (Sandette) as you also aboard the said mighty vessel.
    As I recall, this particular performance was in the bar during the evening. And I remember the song to this day !!
    It is rare that I come across anyone from that times these days and I wonder where they have all disappeared, so I was delighted to read this and it leaves me wondering which of the three lads you may be.

    with best regards.

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