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Bunkerbarge

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Christmas thoughts
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2008, 12:55:00 PM »

Around this time of year I always dig out my favourite poem and read it a few times.  It always makes me reflect, especially when, as this year, I am away from home.  So I thought this year I would share it with every one on here as well.  Enjoy it and spare a moment to think of those away from home, especially in the industries connected with the sea, who will not be with thier families when we all particularly want to be.



 

 

Christmas at Sea

by Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1894)


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The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;
The wind was a nor'-wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.

They heard the suff a-roaring before the break of day;
But 'twas only with the peep of light we saw how ill we lay.
We tumbled every hand on deck instanter, with a shout,
And we gave her the maintops'l, and stood by to go about.

All day we tacked and tacked between the South Head and the North;
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, and got no further forth;
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread,
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head.

We gave the South a wider berth, for there the tide-race roared;
But every tack we made we brought the North Head close aboard.
So's we saw the cliff and houses and the breakers running high,
And the coastguard in his garden, with his glass against his eye.

The frost was on the village roofs as white as ocean foam;
The good red fires were burning bright in every longshore home;
The windows sparkled clear, and the chimneys volleyed out;
And I vow we sniffed the victuals as the vessel went about.

The bells upon the church were rung with a mighty jovial cheer;
For it's just that I should tell you how (of all days in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessèd Christmas morn,
And the house above the coastguard's was the house where I was born.

O well I saw the pleasant room, the pleasant faces there,
My mother's silver spectacles, my father's silver hair;
And well I saw the firelight, like a flight of homely elves,
Go dancing round the china plates that stand upon the shelves.

And well I knew the talk they had, the talk that was of me,
Of the shadow on the household and the son that went to sea;
And O the wicked fool I seemed, in every kind of way,
To be here and hauling frozen ropes on blessèd Christmas Day.

They lit the high sea-light, and the dark began to fall.
"All hands to loose topgallant sails," I heard the captain call.
"By the Lord, she'll never stand it," our first mate, Jackson, cried.
. . . ."It's the one way or the other, Mr. Jackson," he replied.

She staggered to her bearings, but the sails were new and good,
And the ship smelt up to windward just as though she understood;
As the winter's day was ending, in the entry of the night,
We cleared the weary headland, and passed below the light.

And they heaved a mighty breath, every soul on board but me,
As they saw her nose again pointing handsome out to sea;
But all that I could think of, in the darkness and the cold,
Was just that I was leaving home and my folks were growing old.

 


Merry Christmas every one.

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Re: Christmas thoughts
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2008, 07:12:06 PM »

Thank you kind sir,

Stirred my heart did that and I be a lucky one this festive time for I be homeward bound for family.

A merry Christmas to you and all


R, (Bert) catengineman and spanner.
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2008, 08:38:08 AM »

Back at ya Delboy.

And echo this to all Mayhemers wherever you are in the world.
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2008, 08:54:44 AM »

I would also like to say Happy Christmas to all mayhemers. and especially to Martin and he's Family. he's efforts in running this site
are most appreciated.

( what a creep)    {-)












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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2008, 11:49:31 AM »

DITTO!

All the best chap's.

Just remember - a dog's not just for Christmas, with care there'll be some left over for Boxing day!
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2008, 12:30:39 PM »

Merry Christmas to all and a safe, healthy & prosperous New Year.

From David in the Antipodes :-))
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2008, 12:43:40 PM »

all the best at this festive time to all mayhemmers-  happy christmas ( or whatever you celebrate)  and all the best for 2009 !

 happy modelling and brilliant boat building  to all
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2008, 01:25:38 PM »

From another Aussie,
MERRY CHRISTMAS
and to Martin and Family thank you for a wonderful site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2008, 02:22:24 PM »

All thanks to Martin for hosting this site for our enjoyment and benefit.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Colin
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2008, 02:35:35 PM »

  "Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will."

                                                                                                 ....... even you lot!
    ;D


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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2008, 03:29:33 PM »

Merry Christmas ALL

"Don't drink too much, don't over eat, don't start or engage in an argument and don't glue yourself to anything!"

Boring Christmas then!!    {-)

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Re: BAH< HUMBUG AND ALL THAT
« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2008, 04:42:58 PM »

The time Christmas Eve,1965. The location somewhere out East. The scene an Officers' Bar on a tanker. Four Engineer Apprentices, six months away from home by now, regard their (strictly rationed to two cans per week) beer.  Over the radio courtesy of BBC World Service comes Doris Day singing "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams".   Bah Humbug?????? It coldn't even start to describe our comments.....  >>:-(  <:(


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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #37 on: December 23, 2008, 04:46:01 PM »

Happy xmas
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #38 on: December 23, 2008, 07:21:14 PM »

A very Merry Christmas to you all
and a happy New Year
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #39 on: December 23, 2008, 07:26:38 PM »

"Joyeux Noel"

Translation (as required by Mayhem Rules..... ok2)

"Happy Christmas".

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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2008, 07:30:21 PM »

happy Xmas to all mayhemers from the lion park model boat club jersey :-))
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #41 on: December 23, 2008, 07:35:26 PM »

Merry Christmas to everyone and Martin for his effortless work in keeping us all in the spirit(s) :D

Robert and all at Torbay Model Boat Club
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #42 on: December 23, 2008, 08:25:49 PM »

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Mayhemers and your families, where ever they may be.

A special message to Martin and the rest of the back room staff, Thank you for keeping this forum sane, best wishes to you and your families.  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))


Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all Men.


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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #43 on: December 23, 2008, 08:31:42 PM »

Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year
to Martin and his merry mods, and all Mayhemmers everywhere.
from Danny and the noisy, smelly OMRA lot (and as for the boats ..... )  :kiss:
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #44 on: December 23, 2008, 09:11:08 PM »

Merry Christmas to all, Martin, members and even mods.

And to Danny, they are not really boats you know.
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2008, 09:28:15 PM »

Happy Holidays to all....
Hope Santa brings everyone a bright shiny new boat,well, weathered would be OK too....
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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2008, 09:58:03 PM »

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda  (welsh)

(merry christmas and a happy new year)

To all Mayhemers


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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #47 on: December 23, 2008, 10:40:56 PM »

   MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL.   And thanks to MARTIN and his crew for a brilliant forum.  :-))

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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #48 on: December 23, 2008, 10:41:27 PM »

From yet another Aussie (they're everywhere), Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Martin (Mayhem) and family, and all on the forum. Thank you all for some very interesting discussions, and help when needed, it's always much appreciated.

Best wishes to all,

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Re: Happy Christmas to all Mayhemers
« Reply #49 on: December 24, 2008, 06:51:57 AM »

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Puchheim (near Munich)

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