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Mess Deck: General Section => Humour => Topic started by: Baldrick on May 06, 2019, 04:30:39 PM

Title: Going Dutch
Post by: Baldrick on May 06, 2019, 04:30:39 PM
Why do the Neddylanders have so much enjoyment on their canals ?.
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: derekwarner on May 07, 2019, 12:30:17 AM
So much enjoyment  {-) ...thanks Baldrick........yes, the young Lady in the pink & white stripped top appears to be using a few expletives universal in all languages  %)
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: seamanpeter on October 27, 2019, 11:26:33 PM
You can say what you want but proud to be a Dutchman even living in the UK!! (
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: roycv on October 28, 2019, 06:26:19 AM
I have always liked the Dutch people, many years ago 1958 I was in the RAF in Germany almost on the Dutch border so spent many weekends in Holland.  They were always so nice to us and we had a happy time.  There were always queues waiting to go through the border from Germany by car (mainly shopping). 

After a long queue on one occasion we decided to try something to get through quickly.  One of our lads in the billet invented a very imposing flag about 10 inches by 5 and this was mounted on a small section of aerial bolted to the off-side wing of the car (Mercedes 170, I think). 

The first time we tried it we were waved through ahead of the queue and they opened the barrier and we were through.  When we got to the Dutch side the Guard looked at the flag laughed and called out his mates and we all smiled and went through.
It was worth going as the local department store (Vroom and Drekker in Heerlen), as they gave you 1 guilder for 1 mark exchange this was a 10% boost to your money.

Our flag was only put up if there was a queue on the German side and it worked quite a few times as well.
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: raflaunches on October 28, 2019, 09:43:29 AM
I was on exercise in Holland in 2016 based near Makkum for two weeks and enjoyed every moment of it. The Dutch are fantastic people who are very understanding however it was considered offensive if you asked if they could speak English as everyone in Holland can. When the locals found out that we were RAF and in particular 9 Sqn (a Lancaster Sqn during the war) their hospitality went up a notch further! They consider that the RAF saved them when supplies were cut off from civilians in the last months of the war and they were starving. The food drops by RAF bombers over Holland saved thousands of lives and this is still remembered even by the youngsters.

Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: roycv on October 28, 2019, 11:27:48 AM
Hi Nick I was in the RAF at Geilenkirchen in (Dec) 1957 - 1960, then Lyneham in RSF servicing and repairing Green Satin navigation gear.  In Germany we had 3 Sqdn Javelins and 234, Hunters although I am sure I saw a Sabre there. I was shuffled between 59 Sqdn Canberras Bi8 and Radio servicing flight as an air radar fitter.
We rotated duties, so I was at the sharp end doing befores and turn rounds etc and I used to help the electricians and instrument guys, who were the others in our car journies.  That was on the squdron and nice and cosy life in in RSF otherwise.
I almost signed on for more but......
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: redpmg on October 28, 2019, 12:56:58 PM
Lucky you did not stay on Roy - might have been on the front line with the Javelins in Zambia - facing the might of RhodAF with FGA9s and FB9 Vampires......... O0 There used to be a dawn patrol side by side down the Zambesi/Kariba Dam - one morning feeling very bored our Hunter pilot quizzed the Javelin one -"what will you do if ordered to attack" - the response was "have immediate radio failure". Also lucky in that you were not with our lot with the Canberra's - flown until the wings were literally dropping off - as one did 200ft above the ground when landing at New Sarum.......
Title: Re: Going Dutch
Post by: roycv on October 28, 2019, 01:31:15 PM
Hi Nick, I was interested in staying on to get into Flight Simulators.  But there was a path I had to go down with no conditions.  First I had to sign on for 9 years then I would be sent on an Instrument fitters course and then go for training on Flight simulators. 

But I said supposing I do not pass the Instument course, then you are still in for 9 years, I was told.  I think in retrospect I would not have failed but it was a bit of an unknown for me.

When I left I went to work on computers in the early days of valves and things, then I saw an advert for being a Flight simulator eng. Rediffusion I seem to remember.  It said if you can tick any 4 of these 8 boxes you could be assessed for training.  I ticked for 7 of them but I had not had an apprenticeship.  They wrote me a nice letter but said that was a deal breaker and the union would not allow me to be considered.

I ended up OK so no hard feelings but one small niggle occured when I was a computer engineer.  I used to look after a well known engineering union's headquarters in Brixton I think, and they would not allow any of the people who worked there especially the computer operators to join a union!  I think that rates as hypocrasy.

In 1972 I had the great pleasure of calling the union's bluff in the Printing Industry at Sun Printers in Watford and they walked away with their tail between their legs.  If asked I can relate the story.

Revenge is sweet when taken cold.