THE ROYAL NAVAL
ASSOCIATION
Incorporated by Royal Charter
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Registered Charity No: 1068408
LISKEARD BRANCH
Commissioned 20th April 1986
Full Recognition by The Royal Navy
The Bilge Rat
May 2019
Issue No 360
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COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019/20
email editor@liskeard-rna.org.uk
Branch website www.liskeard-rna.org.uk
Blog https://liskeard-rna.blogspot.com/
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Chairman
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Treasurer
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Bilge Rat Editor
Committee
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S/M Roger Grace
S/M Lisa Strutt
S/M Warwick Belfitt
S/M Christina Whitty
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Gapped
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S/M John Lennon
S/M Jerry Fleming
S/M Warwick Belfitt
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 4
JOHN BARTLETT TROPHY 5
THE ART OF SABRAGE 6
THE PUDDING EVENING 7
ADVERTS 13
PUZZLE 14
SOCIAL CALENDAR 2019 15
Contents
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Birthdays for June : -
Members (TBC)
Total 49,
Life 6,
Full 24,
Associates 19,
Members are reminded that subs for 2019 were due in January
and are now £14.00. Anyone wishing to pay by direct debit
please speak to Christina or Warwick.
5th Mike Riddiough
13th Roger Beck
14th Maureen Parker
16th Jim Strevens
18th Arthur Craze
20th George Crocker
22nd Charlie Prinn
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John Bartlett Trophy
This time the Mentors chose Logistics Writer Augustine, the trophy was
presented by Captain Angus Bailey R.M., Fisher Divisional Officer.
William Martin Augustine is 24 years old and comes from the beautiful
Island of Grenada in the Caribbean.
Prior to joining the R.N. he started out as a Medical insurance sales
account executive, but then moved into working in hotels and tourism.
He was employed at Sandals LA Source Grenada initially as a bellboy,
but was quickly promoted to Concierge, to sales executive and Travel
consultant. Whilst working he met a British couple guests at the hotel,
who have sponsored him to enable him to join the Royal Navy. The
Watkins are both service veterans having spent 25 years in the R.N.
for Mrs Watkins, 29 years in the RAF for Mr Watkins.
Whilst still in Grenada, William was involved with amateur boxing and
body building and represented Granada at both, he is at present the
holder of Grenada Strongman Men's lightweight 2nd place.
Finally he wrote the following statement
" Born in Grenada, but made in the Royal Navy."
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The Art of Sabrage
I recently read an article concerning the art of sabrage, which was very
popular with Napoleons army. This entailed removing the cork of a
bottle of champagne with a sword. I did not realise that there is a
society which specialises in doing so. This reminds me of an occa-
sion ,whilst serving for a short time with the French Navy ( la Royale
as they call it) when I was invited to remove the cork with a sword. I
struck the collar with the motion of sharpening a pencil et voilà. I was
then invited to repeat this. However I believe in beginners luck and
also quitting whilst ahead. I therefore declined the invitation.
S/M Rod Harvey
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The Pudding Evening
On Friday 10th May Sara and Laura hosted a pudding evening up-
stairs in the RBL in aid of the British Heart Foundation. This was their
final event of fundraising. This was strategically planned to take
place after they had run the London Marathon, so both would be able
to partake in the puddings without feeling guilty.
Puddings were supplied by the The Cornish Pudding Co and included
Mixed fruit crumble, saffron bread & butter pudding, both with cream
or custard. Three roulades, three cheesecakes, trifles, tiramisu, ban-
offee, black forest gateaux, millionaires shortcake, chocolate dipped
strawberries, profiteroles, and even more were on offer. Tea and cof-
fee flowed freely — the gin bar was optional.
A raffle was held with a huge number of donated prizes.
It was a very successful evening of fundraising, making £250 for their
charity.
S/Ms Adam & Lisa Strutt
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THE DEAF ITALIAN BOOKKEEPER
A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated
him out of $10,000,000.00
His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the
first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing so he would
not have to testify in court.
When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about his missing $10 mil-
lion, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language
The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is!"
The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, Where's the money?
Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."
The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you're
talking about."
The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido's head and says, "Ask
him again or I'll kill him!"
The lawyer signs to Guido, - "He'll kill you if you don't tell him."
Guido trembles and signs
"OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the
shed at my cousin Bruno's house”.
The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?"
The lawyer replies
"He says F... YOU!, you don't have the balls to pull the trigger."
Dont you just love lawyers!
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Puzzle Page
Last Months Answers
ACROSS, 1. Shrunk, 5. Ad hoc, 8. Etc, 9. Sloppy, 10. Unmask, 11. Loop, 12. Owe money, 14. Svelte, 15. Rip-off,
16. Scare off, 18. Etch, 19. Cosmos, 21. Russia, 22. Ike, 23. Ypres, 24. Earner . DOWN: 2. Hollow victory, 3. Un-
popular, 4. Keynote, 5. Acute, 6. Ham, 7. Cost-effective, 13. Oppressor, 15. Referee, 17. Oasis, 20..Mar.
ACROSS
1. Secret symbols (4)
3. On fire (6)
8. Tree fellers (11)
10. Before (3)
11. Authority (3-2)
12. Interconnected group (7)
14. Capable (3)
15. Piece of land (3)
16. Oblique look (7)
17. Dahlia, potato stern (5)
19. Wise bird (3)
22. Tolstoy masterwork (3,3,5)
23. Scratch (6)
24. Slithered (4)
DOWN
1. Observation (6)
2. Squirrel nest (4)
4. Deerskin (8)
5. Metal analysis (5)
6. Feat (7)
7. Applaud (4)
9. Lord of the Rings author (1,1,7)
13. Grief sign (8)
14. Shackles (7)
15. Dancer's one-piece (7)
18. Shady shelter (5)
20. Ogle (4)
21. Hot springs gemstone (4)
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Any suggestions for any other events please speak to a
member of the committee. We are also looking at combining
events with other RNA Branches.
2nd Jun
7-9th Jun
22nd Jun
22-23 Jun
29th Jun
7th Jul
13th Jul
20th Jul
26-28th Jul
4th Aug
24-25 Aug
31st Aug
28th Sep
19th Oct
25th Oct
7th Dec
Civic Service
National Conference
Liskeard Carnival
Collection days (Trago)
RNA Quiz
Croquet Match
Liskeard Show
Armada Night
Boconnoc Steam Fair
Social/BBQ—Trebenver
Collection days (Trago)
RNA Quiz
St Mathews Fayre
Trafalgar Night
Poppy Concert
Christmas Dinner Victoria Inn Pensilva
Social Calendar 2018/19
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Liskeard RNA meets on the last Thursday of the month, in the
room above the Royal British Legion. The room and bar are
open from 1930 and the meeting starts at 2000. You do not
have to be ex Royal Navy to join. All are welcome.
Meeting Notes: -
Anybody who has content for the Bilge Rat, please send to
the Bilge Rat Hon Editor.
Email: - editor@liskeard-rna.org.uk