Thursday, 31 January 2013

H.M.S. Bounty

This is worth a mention.

I'm sure you will all remember the great Hollywood Blockbuster.

"Mutiny on the Bounty".

Built in 1784 in England at Hull and named Bethia, fitted out in Deptford and renamed Bounty, in keeping with the task she was charged to perform.
She was believed to have been destroyed by fire in 1790, off the Pitcairn islands whilst under the control of Fletcher Christian and his motley crew of mutineers.
A short career for a ship of the line.

The Bounty was a small ship, 189 feet long with a 25 foot beam, after fitting out she was a floating green house with sails, her task was to bring back living bread-fruit plants and replant them in the plantations as a stable diet for the slaves, the idea may have been good but it never worked on this occasion. 
To save room the Bounty never carried any marines on board, who are normally used on navy ships to keep order, (also just a wee point) Mr Bligh was only given the rank of senior Lieutenant in charge of the ship, not Captain! which would have carried more weight with the crew, in regards to discipline. 
I believe this was mistake by the Admiralty and played a part in the mutiny. 

The Bounty sailed out of England bound for Tahiti,trying to round the horn of Africa and after a month of trying in the Antarctic weather they were driven back.
Bligh turned around and went eastwards around the Cape of Good Hope arriving in Tahiti the 26 of October 1788.
This was truly an epic journey for a sailing ship of this size demonstrating the skill and seamanship of Bligh.

It took 6 months to load the ship with bread fruit and keep it alive ready for sailing, the crew spent most of their spare time with locals especially the ladies and had developed strong feelings and attachments with them, they didn't really want to leave and after departure half the crew decided to mutiny 3 weeks into their return journey, they were led by First Officer Fletcher Christian, after serving on a couple of ships together Bligh considered Christian his friend, it would have been a unthinkable betrayal for Bligh.

Bligh and his loyal crew were set adrift with rations and water and a sextant in a 23 foot open boat, their chances of survival being very poor. 
But Bligh showed himself to be an able and outstanding seaman and navigator and catching fish to eat they sailed 3618 miles to the Dutch West Indies an outstanding feat
of seamanship, not to be repeated again for a long while.
At his court martial held to inquire over the loss of the bounty he was exonerated and he was given a promotion to Post-Captain.
Records show that he was in fact not a harsh officer towards the men, as many Captains were in them day's. 
So lets put it down to Hollywood Hype!

Bligh was a Cornish man who's mother died when he was very young.
Being educated to a high standard by his father, who held the post of Customs Officer at Plymouth, Bligh joined the navy at 16 years of age, his first ship was the H.M.S. Hunter.
Just imagine what a wonderful exciting life he had, dying at the age of 64 years a full blown Vice Admiral of the Blue in 1817.

This is of course is only a tiny part of his adventure, if you want more let me direct you in the direction of: David.C.Bells book A Nautical Odyssey. 
This book is where I got most of my information for this wee tale and I would recommend it without reservation to anybody.

May the Wind always fill your Sails.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Making out your Last Will and Testerment

Your Last Will.
This is a little job we all have to do.
It may be a bit unpleasant but it must be done, other wise you may not be able to control who inherits your property after your death, the wolves of our society will move in and carve up what little you have.
What to do?
Well you can ask around your friends, talk to citizens advice and a variety of Age Concern and pensioner clubs or go straight  into a Solicitors den!
Maybe some of the Age Concern Clubs will offer a £30.00 will service for a standard will, all you do is make an appointment and a Solicitor will visit you at Age Concern and advise you.
Now call me a doubting Thomas! but I don't think many people come away with the £30.00 will.
I personally believe the £30.00 will ! is the honey pot to attract customers.
It would be an interesting exercise to find out how many age concern people come away with a £30.00 Will.
The standard charge is around £190.00.
Here's what I suggest.
Buy your-self, a do it yourself will pack.
High street price? less than £20.00, take it home, open it, then go and make a wee cup of tea, then sit and look through the paperwork, put it down and go back to it for a read after a couple of days, then leave it for a bit and return to it and give it a good read and digest it, I'm sure unless you make your will complicated, filling it in will be no problem, if it is ? go to a solicitor, you will find after reading the guidance manual you will be in a better and calmer position to explain your needs.

It would be interesting to know how many of the above! mention the  more economical and perfectly legal do it yourself route.

Be well.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Grandparent on duty

I just received this from my good friend in Melbourne Australia, Ilma thank you, I just have to share it, to brighten up someones day.

After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into her old slacks and  droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair.
As she heard the children getting more and more noisey, her patience grew a wee bit thin.
Finally she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings, as she left the room she heard a trembling voice  from the 3 year old say,
"Who was That"?
Don't you just love them


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A Bad Day


Just thought I'd start my blogging year with something to put a wee smile on your face.

There I was sitting in a bar minding my own business, staring into my drink.
When a mean looking biker steps up and grabs my drink and downs it in one gulp.
"Well what you going to do about that?"
I burst into tears! the biker said "come on man, I never expected you to cry! I hate  to see a man cry".
Sobbing I said;  this is the worst day of my life.
First my boss fired me for being late for a meeting!
At the parking lot, I found my car was stolen and I have no insurance,
I left my wallet in a cab, and my dog bit me!
Getting home I found my wife with another man!
So feeling an out and out failure! I came to this bar to work up the courage to end it all.
I buy a drink and pop in a capsule and sit here watching the poison dissolve.
Then you turn up and steal my drink.

It's just not my day, but enough about me" 
"how are you doing"?
Now smile?


Reminds you of the ole saying "for every action,there is an opposite reaction"