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    On my first trip, someone had the bright idea of buying a parrot. At 19 years old, good ideas like that really appealed and in Baranquilla I bought an Amazon green parrot for 30 shillings and 2 bars of soap. Needless to say, back home it wasn't greeted as my best idea and it was eventually given to Southport zoo.

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    In 1960s Cuba, so I have heard, for a few bars of Camay (sellotaped around your midriff), you could have a good night out and still have change left over...

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    I remember not being able to go to, or get anywhere near Cuba in the 60s due to the US embargo (or whatever they called). They always flew a bomber with a fighter escort over us whenever we went over that way. Maybe they were checking we were not Russians.

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    #103 The first time I was in Cuba was August 1953 and Castro was not in power then ,it was Batista , when I went back the second time to Cienfageous on the South Coast he was, and the town square was pockmarked with bullet marks on every vertical wall which he had used for his firing squads. Over a period of years I returned to Cuba even during the Bay of Pigs fiasco . Castro grew up in Santiago de Cuba and when in power tried to clean up the red light district without success as it just went underground . One night before entering Santiago a US submarine surfaced 50 feet off our port beam at 0200 hrs and gave me the shock of my life. He must have been shadowing us for days inside the blockade. I have many memories of Cuba also and in 1987 discharged cargo in the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. JS
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    I was in Havana a few years ago, and you're right about bullet marks. Some of the buildings around the main square (whatever they call it) are still covered in bullet marks.
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    Cor blimey! The trouble I had getting that photo on here

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    When I was in Nigeria I lived in a staff house, within a large supposedly guarded compound. I say 'supposedly' because anytime anything went missing (stolen by robbo men) or there was local trouble, the guards would vanish. When questioned the answer was always the same, "bad ju-ju". Anyway, it was popular to buy parrots and we kept them in a large cage with a tasg of the owners name on its leg, waiting for the owner to go home. You were supposed to have a veterinary certificate to say that it was free of diseases but the port health authorities would not accept the Nigerian ones because there was no parrot inspection there, you just bought certificate. Of course there was a way round it, the vet would give you something to put in its food which would knock it out for long enough to be unconscious for the trip home.The usual means of transport was a cardboard whiskey bottle tube with breathing holes punched in it, into which the parrot was stuffed. There were talesof the parrot recovering consciousness too early and getting the owner busted at customs when it began squarking its head off.
    You could always tell when a Nigerian local was anywhere near the cage because the parrots would all start making a tremendous panicking ruckous. When I asked why they did this only when a Nigerian was around I was told it was because the Nigerians prized their red tail feathers for ju-ju and whenever they got the chance they would grab a parrot and snatch its feathers out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Kieran View Post
    I was in Havana a few years ago, and you're right about bullet marks. Some of the buildings around the main square (whatever they call it) are still covered in bullet marks.
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    IN 2011 it was the same on the walls outside Sanaa(Yemen) airport, I didnt hang around to take photos.

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    What I could never understand is that on my 1st trip to sea, M/V Cavallo ,1962 as catering boy age 15, my cabin was midships, Lifebuoy soap ,white bed sheets and towels ,sink in cabin polished wood bunk, wardrobes etc whilst experienced ABs of many years at sea ,cabins aft, metal lockers, metal bunks and blue bedsheets ,white Windsor soap ?

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    Buttermilk was the issue soap, but surely all merchant seamen used Lux.

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