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    Brian I close my eyes and I am back in the places that I loved if I could go back for a visit I doubt I would ,I know I would not find what I am looking for they can only ever live on in my mind and through the wonderful inputs from old like minded shipmates that I have never met but who i have so much in common with best regards to all hands be well mates Dave .

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    Hi Dave,
    I went back last year and was very disappointed, It was like Not going back, there was nothing left of that Paradise we once knew. All Gone, just Containers destroying everything as far as the eyes could see. No bamboo huts and bars, no beautiful mik maks in sarongs, just containers.
    Just keep the memories no one can take those away. close your eyes and relive the Paradise lost.
    I am nearly in tears now thinking about it, so better stop. I have recorded those day in my story, A Voyage to the Spice Islands. so I can never forget. Bagoos
    Cheers
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    ,Hi Dave here is one to remember


    The Lap of Honour.

    I went to the Sea School when I was a lad,
    where conditions were hard
    and the food was bad,
    but I walked through those gates
    as tall as a man
    off to my first ship bound for Japan

    And now that I`ve retired and saved up my cash
    once more round the world I am going to dash
    to Mombasa and Java and out to Cathay
    to see all my old girl friends
    once more on the way

    Mimi`s still waiting for me I`ve been told
    I`d like to see her before she gets old
    then on to see Dideh in Tanjong Patak
    then fly off on a Jumbo to Hong Kong`s Kai Tak

    I`ll go back to Tahiti down in the South Seas
    to see my Wahine in the warm sunny breeze
    Then across to see Maggie in New Zealand`s Hawkes Bay
    and have a beer in Ma Gleesons* back on the way.

    I`ll do the Lap of Honour round the Australian coast
    to see all the girls who loved me the most,
    from Thursday Island round to Sydney and Perth
    they were the loveliest girls on earth

    I`ll go to see Sheila and then Marylou
    and call upon Sally in Woolloomooloo
    then go up to Townsville to see Mary O`Keefe
    where we walked hand in hand by the Great Barrier Reef

    When I think of those nights by a blue lagoon
    loving my girl under a tropical moon
    and those happy times that we both shared.......................
    my Mary`s still waiting for me so I`ve heard.

    On then to Honolulu and then Frisco Bay
    and up to Vancouver and down to L.A.
    I`ll jump on a Greyhound across to Hoboken
    to see my Jenny whose heart I had broken

    In Manhattan`s Times Square and 42nd Street
    there must be some girls left that I used to meet
    it would be sad if I looked around
    and none of my girls were there to be found.

    So off I would go to old Mexico
    to see my Juanita down in Tampico.
    then across to see Molly in Montego Bay
    and go up the Blue Mountains where we used to play

    On then to Rio, Montevideo and B.A.
    to *May Sullivan`s Bar where I used to stay
    There was Rosita, Paquita and also Maria
    on then to Santos and round to Bahia.

    Then when I return home again
    to Englands dark and dismal rain
    all my memories will always stay
    they are something that no one can take away

    I`ll be thinking now that I`ll get a shock
    on my memory trip to turn back the clock.
    things won`t be the same time has moved on
    the young girls I once loved have grown old and are gone.

    and now that I am coming to the end of my time
    I must put my memories down into rhyme.
    cos when you are young life is all magic
    but as you get older life becomes tragic.

    but there is still some life in the old dog yet
    and there`s more adventures for me to get
    so I`ll be heading off into the sun
    to have more excitement and plenty of fun.

    It`s not for me to tend the garden and flowers
    polishing the brasses , walking the dog for hours.
    but to go back round the world in a blaze of glory
    then I`ll come back home to write my story.

    And then one day when I am old and grey
    and my life`s been used up and it`s come time to pay
    as I lie on my bed on my face will be a smile
    I`ll just be a thinking ` it`s all been worth while.

    Brian Aspinall,

    Cheers
    Brian.
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    Bagus Sekali in those days. Thirty-two years since I was there. Lived there nearly four from 1976 and continued to commute from Singapore 'til 1986. I see these places on TV and have no desire to return even if I was able. Unless I could be morphed back in time!!

    Can't imagine the Oasis Restaurant is still in Jakarta or our first home there on the bank of Situ Lebak Wangi (Little Lake of Lovely scents) with the water buffalo wallowing therein. Here is the house and the real way to serve rijsttafel.
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    Thanks for those photos Richard,
    What beautiful graceful young ladies, What memories, and that Menu got me going
    Cheers
    Brian

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    Don't Brian you have done me up why did John bless him have to start this thread it has brought a tear to my eye what places what times we had young and fit as we all where doing things that we can now only talk amongst ourselves about , because who on earth would believe us if they where not old merchant seaman because whatever I have done in my life I have always been a merchant seaman I look in the mirror nowadays and I can still see him past his best maybe but I can still think about topping a Derrick and most likely could still do it if I could only find someone to put on the chain stopper ( now where would I find someone to do that I wonder ) I remember we used to walk into the bars in Indonesia first thing was before we sat in the bamboo chairs was to pick them up and bang the feet on the deck to dislodge any little creatures who only wanted to eat us alive , I learnt that trick from the old shipmates who had been on the run for years one fella who was always mentioned but I never met him Java Jones it was said he always wore a sarong I know it,s mad but why would I not believe it no more ridiculous than some of the things that we have all seen ,I'm going to go right off thread now apologies John but something has just come to mind it was when I mentioned the word ridiculous when I joined the Athenic in Auckland we took her to the breakers in the end but there was two lads in her who always sailed together I can see them now they used to share their clothes from shirts to pants socks boots you name it true I saw it , hang on another yarn has come to mind I mentioned boots thanks for the memories John regards Dave .
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    I am off in three weeks, 22 March, to Hawaii and the Tahitian Islands, again Dave, got to keep going back , they are the only unspoiled islands left in the world. be away for six weeks.

    I`ll be thinking now that I`ll get a shock
    on my memory trip to turn back the clock.
    things won`t be the same time has moved on
    the young girls I once loved have grown old and are gone.

    sob, sob,

    But we did it and no one can take that from us.
    Cheers
    Brian
    a few memories for you.

    MONITORS , why do thumbnails NOT Open ??????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kong View Post
    I am off in three weeks, 22 March, to Hawaii and the Tahitian Islands, again Dave, got to keep going back , they are the only unspoiled islands left in the world. be away for six weeks.

    I`ll be thinking now that I`ll get a shock
    on my memory trip to turn back the clock.
    things won`t be the same time has moved on
    the young girls I once loved have grown old and are gone.

    sob, sob,

    But we did it and no one can take that from us.
    Cheers
    Brian
    a few memories for you.

    MONITORS , why do thumbnails NOT Open ??????????
    Just to let you know Brian, they open ok here, seems the problem maybe at your end. Cheers John F

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    OK, Here open fine.

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    Dave, A sarong (or Sulu in Fiji) is de rigueur for relaxing at home in tropic climes. I still have a couple and give them an airing from time to time. Yes, and also those at the same time. They are really just what the doctor ordered - no prickly heat like wearing a jock strap.
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