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19 hours ago, dogtrack said:

Lucky Strike....been a few years since I saw any of them in the tobacconists.


I am not a smoker but from what I can see in the odd glimps behind the mandatory shutters is that there is only one brand and that is SMOKING KILLS. The branding isnt nice either, all sorts of tar soaked lungs and stuff.  Advertising is weird in the tobacco industry in the UK. :)


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5 hours ago, J G said:

Advertising is weird in the tobacco industry in the UK. :)


Never was a truer word spoken John.  I gave up in '86, cold turkey even !   No patches or gum in those days.  Was like a Bear with a sore head for at least 3 months.

As to the highlight...well it is the festive season :thum:

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Festive to me spells Cranberries. After fudging a friend's recipe a bit I am still eating:


Very Berry Sauce

12 oz cranberrys

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

6oz Fresh Blueberry

1tsp cinnamon

6oz Fresh Rasberry



Bring water and cranberries to a boil and hard boil till first few cranberry skins crack open.

Reduce to simmer and cover for 2-3 minuted to soften more cranberries.

Uncover and Add Blueberries and Cinnamon

Simmer uncovered and stir lightly for 3 minutes or until Blueberries soften and are easily squish-able.

Add Rasberries and simmer for 2 more minutes.


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The Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast


It's not Shakespeare, but if you know the story, it's pretty cool.  This was written about the USS Trigger, a WWII US submarine that gave the Sons of Nippon a pretty hard time, by one of her crew.



By Constantine Guiness, MOMM 1/C, USN

I'm the galloping ghost of the Japanese coast.
You don't hear of me and my crew
But just ask any man off the coast of Japan.
If he knows of the Trigger Maru.

I look sleek and slender alongside my tender.
With others like me at my side,
But we'll tell you a story of battle and glory,
As enemy waters we ride.

I've been stuck on a rock, felt the depth charge's shock,
Been north to a place called Attu,
and I've sunk me two freighters atop the equator
Hot work, but the sea was cold blue.

I've cruised close inshore and carried the war
to the Empire Island Honshu,
While they wire Yokahama I could see Fujiyama,
So I stayed, to admire the view.

When we rigged to run silently, deeply I dived,
And within me the heat was terrific.
My men pouring sweat, silent and yet
Cursed me and the whole damned Pacific.

Then destroyers came sounding and depth charges pounding
My submarine crew took the test.
Far in that far off land there are no friends on hand,
To answer a call of distress.

I was blasted and shaken (some damage I be taken),
my hull bleeds and pipe lines do, too
I've come in from out there for machinery repair,
And a rest for me and my crew.

I got by on cool nerve and in silence I served,
Though I took some hard knocks in return,
One propeller shaft sprung and my battery's done,
But the enemy ships I saw burn.

I'm the galloping ghost of the Japanese coast,
You don't hear of me and my crew.
But just ask any man off the coast of Japan,
If he knows of the Trigger Maru.

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