Monthly Archives: March 2015

We’ve gotta get out of this place!

Extract from Chapter 25 – The Bermuda Triangle

After a day at sea following the hurricane we returned to Bermuda where we spent our final week there anchored in the harbour at Hamilton, the island’s Capital. There was a radio station broadcasting from Hamilton that we received on our ships radios. It was a good station playing pop music and requests and whilst working in the Galley one day enjoying the songs the radio station’s DJ read out a request from two sailors on board HMS Hecate for the Animal’s single, “We’ve gotta get out of this place.”  “I hope they don’t mean Bermuda,” said the DJ.

Listening to the radio the next day the DJ said that he had received over twenty calls to the station saying that none of the sailors on board HMS Hecate wanted to leave Bermuda; it was the Royal Navy they were referring to! The DJ also imparted to us the information that the Animal’s song was especially popular among United States Armed Forces serving in the Vietnam.

Enjoy the song by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpBSvN1a50

Always something there to remind me!

On my first night in the Annexe at HMS Ganges I was in my new mess where we were told we had to make our beds, properly stow our new kit into lockers and were given various cleaning materials to clean the decks, windows, heads, dustbins, everything in fact that didn’t move. I was given a tin of metal polish and told to buff up the mess dustbin until I could see my face reflected in it. As I rubbed and polished away at the dustbin the radio was on and Sandie Shaw was singing her song, “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me” but for me there was nothing there to remind me anymore. My clothes, my last link with the world I had left behind, were on the back of a lorry making their way back to my Mum and Dad’s flat in London and my hair had been swept up from the barber room floor and thrown away. I was miserable.

Nevertheless, to cheer myself up I gustily sang along with Sandie Shaw as you can now: