Traditions and ceremonies

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  1. Bergalia
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    Bergalia Senior Member

    Apologies and commiserations lazyjack...have you tried digging a tunnel....
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  2. Frosty

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    A few days before a journey I will be watching the sky for 'mares tails' I like to see a 'mackeral sky',- ( looks like the skin of a mackeral) settled weather.

    And I do not want to see a red sky in the Morning. 100% it will get a bit rough in the afternoon. Red sky at night means settled too but it does not work here, nope not in Asia.

    Always tip your fist sip of beer from a new can into the sea for Neptune.
     
  3. lazeyjack

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    If it is Aussie beer tip all of it into the sea, and send an order to Germany for BEER
     
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    German bier ist shizen un tasten likene dogen shiten inte bier.
     
  5. Bergalia
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    As far as the taste of dog **** goes young Frosticle, I expect most of us will have to take your word for it (but every man to his own hobby I suppose).

    However, and I hate myself for agreeing with you, I must admit that Australian beer - ALL Australian beer is pathetically weak (has to be sucked from the glass) and what an effeminate glass. Thimblefuls... unless it's to prevent native Aussies realising just what a wretched brew they're being served. And possibly I'll hate myself even more for suggesting the only country which knows how to make 'real' beer is Belgium.

    By the way, where did you learn to speak Ngunga Ngunga. ;)
     
  6. Guillermo
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    Guillermo Ingeniero Naval

    Until very recently victuals and provisions in warships were not only of poor quality but were low in quantity. Vegetables were cooked in salt water and the steam was cooled in a copper condenser fitted on top of the boiler. This yielded about a gallon of distilled water per day on which the surgeon had first call for mixing his medicines.

    Bergalia: At Vigo Bay we have a wonderful beach called Barra ('Barra' means 'Bar', as in 'sand bar'). It has been used as a nudism beach for many years, and this kept it for becoming crowded and builded all around as other beaches over here have. I enclose a couple of photos.
     

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    Many thanks Guillermo. Beautiful beaches. I've returned the compliment by offering two splendid examples of 'my' Barra. The pictures were taken by a visitor named T.Opdyke III and I think he does us justice.
    The first picture is of the main (only) city on Barra - Castle Bay. The second shows the 'rush hour traffic' on Barra.

    As for nude bathing... I think the temperature would prove a fierce test of your manhood.'Brass monkeys' even in mid-summer. Apart from that the local church elders would never approve. They've even banned sex in an upright position - in case it leads to dancing....
     

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    There should be a cross over here with the 'Seamanship' thread.

    One true test of seamanship, is to get an anchor to hold in Castle Bay, Barra. Read any account of the Round Britain and Ireland Race to see the 'excitement' that ensues when people fail to get their hook to hold. What is the bottom made of there? Kelp growing on sheet rock with patches of ball bearings?
     
  9. Bergalia
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    Kelp certainly, sheet rock yes - in patches, and a lot of fine sand on a base of rock. Visitors were always advised to lay out two anchors fore (ploughs) 45 degrees apart, and one to the stern. Alternatively a couple of 'drams' should get you permission to tie alongside a 'local' with a laid mooring point.;)
     
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    Especially on the Sabbath eh Bergalia - but your Catholic, spare a thought for those of the Wee Free who don't even cook on the Sabbath in case they are acused of working! And I've known some of them switch the TV off at midnight on the Saturday (half way through a filum) in case they are seen to smile on the Lords Day! Sailed with a Skipper from Lewis many years ago who was of that persuasion! the Master, the Mate and the Chief Engineer used to berth on the same deck, and on Sunday afternoons the Chiefs Cabin was ALWAYS the Party Cabin!! God he (the 'old man') used to hate us!!!
     
  11. Bergalia
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    Ah man Walrus, that's not the half of it. By the way I was brought up by a Calvanist mother and a High Kirk father (mixed marriage). But I've a brace of cousins still on the island. Euan is a Wee Free. Up until 11.59 on a Saturday night he'd be drinking, cussing, 'hooring' and playing poker. Then into the black suit. No cooking, no feeding the kie (cattle) or hens, or such, and his two young boys (five and seven) sitting at the table thumbing the Bible.."And don't let me catch you looking out of the window..." Then at 11.59 on the Sunday night...Drinking, cussing, 'hooring' and shuffling to the whichity music...(strains of Jimmie Shand accordian band - better known as music to slash your wrists to...)
    My, a good Christian soul, and he's promised to put in a good word for me...you know...'up there...' :rolleyes:
    Can you wonder I escaped 'the wee butt and benn...'
     
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    safewalrus Ancient Marriner

    Aye, as I say have met and sailed with a few I can understand the predicament! Still you've seen the light and got out!:cool:

    some say the ayatollahs in Iran (and the tellytubbies in Agfannystan) could learn a few things from the 'Wee Free', they are tolerant by comparison!!:D
     
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    Amen to that Walrus....:(
     
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    Well that's stopped me in my tracks minister!
     

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    I saw on the Discovery channel Alaskan crab fleet series that apparently it's real bad luck to predict how many crabs are going to be in the trap when you haul it. Sounds like a variation on counting your chickens before they hatch. Sam
     
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