Chicken on a Raft

January 22nd, 2015

To continue the silly season…

Skipper’s in the wardroom drinking gin. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
I don’t mind knocking but I ain’t going in. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
‘Jimmy’s’ laughing like a drain. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Been looking at m’ ‘comic cuts’ again. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

Chicken on a raft on a Monday morning, oh what a terrible sight to see!
‘Dabtoes’ for’ard and the Dustmen aft, sitting there picking at a ‘chicken on a raft’.
Hey -oh, chicken on a raft, Oy -oh, chicken on a raft.
Hey -oh, chicken on a raft, Oy -oh, chicken on a raft.

They gave me the Middle and the Forenoon too. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
And now I’m pulling in the whaler’s crew. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Seagull wheeling overhead. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
I ought to be ‘flogging’ in a feather bed. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

An Amazon girl live in Dumfries. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She only had kids in twos and threes. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Her sister lives in Maryhill. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She says she won’t but I think she will. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

We kissed goodbye on the midnight bus. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She didn’t cry. She didn’t fuss. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Am I the one that she loves best? (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Or am I just a cuckoo in another man’s nest? (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

I had another girl in ‘Donny B’. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
And did she make a fool of me! (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Her heart was like a Pusser’s shower, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
From hot to cold in a quarter of an hour. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)



Are the Isles of Scilly becoming homophonous?

January 20th, 2015

To the left is the unofficial flag of the Isles of Scilly. The archipelago is twenty eight miles out into the Atlantic, but it is politically part of England, more precisely part of Cornwall. Scillonians tend to get a bit hot under the collar if you call the place The Scilly Isles or The Scillies, and one can understand why. However, they seem to be undermining their objection to those names.

Go to this webpage on the site of The Cornishman, the local weekly newspaper, and I think you will see what I mean.



January 13th, 2015

I am definitely not a car enthusiast, but the dinky little motor to the left is interesting. It is called a Strati and is manufactured in the USA by a process of 3D printing. The chassis, body exterior and some of the interior details are made up of 212 layers of plastic reinforced with carbon fibre. The process currently takes 44 hours to complete, but there are hopes this can be reduced to 24 hours.

One report of the process I have come across online helpfully explains:

To print the car Local Motors is using an industrial scale 3D printer, called the Big Area Addictive (!!!!!) Manufacturing machine, which can print 40lb of carbon reinforced ABS plastics an hour.


To All…

December 23rd, 2014

Who’s been sleeping in my bed?

December 13th, 2014