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DavePage
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I dont hate you
Banging on my arm
You designed to attract
my attention and
My shoulder is bruised
I ache
But I dont hate you
How can I hate something of life

You are my way out

The others have classes all the year
And week by week they change
But you are my friend
You stay with me
Talking of Class 53

In the morning you keep me fit
Later I learn of pain
Tomorrow you give me a break
The pain first
Then I ache

But you always there

On my shoulder
In my heart

In my memory

Dave


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In the Detention Quarters in Portsmouth Royal Naval Barracks those who have been sentenced twice to Detention were placed in Class 53.

Under Naval Regulations everyone in Detention progressed on a defined week by week set of rules laid down under law.

How many years have 53 weeks and so we learn how the Services work.

So these guys would serve out extended sentences
Of nothing under any rules, because with 52 weeks in a year, there was no week 53.

Gym and doubling with a .303 rifle day after day were for week 1, but week after week it kept their minds off the legality, and they weren't allowed to communicate to anyone at all.

I am talking back in the late 60's I should say.

I assume of course we have left these barbaric practices now

Dave

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ethome
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Thanks for the words below the poem Dave. They were somewhat of a help.
I did surely enjoy the lesson and the write.

Eric

Ain't doin nothin at all
Just answerin the call
Kinda driftin away from it all~~~~~

iliana
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Thanks for sharing this.  I found it very interesting reading!   .........jo
froggy
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and I thought being sent to the principal's
office was bad.
I really enjoyed this read.

:-)
Margherita
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Memories that linger and surface at times.
Thank you for sharing, Dave.
Barbaric habits have not yet been cancelled ....other places other men, same pain of the flesh and same aching hearts.
Love, Margherita
Grover
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I can't imagine how bad that was.
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just out of reach


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Interesting write Dave.  
Chris

   Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
                                          Hans Christian Anderson

DavePage
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Thanks all.

I wasn't on 53, but being a rebel I made damn certain I got close enough to give some news, pass a message and raise 2 fingers in as much as I was allowed, and they could have me if they wanted.

The real classic for me, was that after I came out, I put myself for as the Welface Representative for 500 guys and I was appointed for that year and the next, and they included the Royal Marines based in Chatham.

I still have the Pewter Mug.

A saga in some guy's book is about a dartboard, and I can still remember fighting for against a Royal Navy Commander and a Chief Petty Officer to get the guys a second dartboard.

Dave

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Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
 
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