Friday, 2 March 2012

Lubrication

The life of a Spitfire pilot - a few beers down the local, then back into the cockpit to meet and greet uninvited guests.

Rather like my life in a way, but with added Spitfires.

I was sitting in a pub in St. Ives last summer, sipping 'Spitfire' ale with an invited German guest of mine, and I noticed that - being the Battle of Britain year - his glass had marks engraved down one side at various levels, and they read:

Goering...

Goering...

Gone!

We laughed (wryly), and he told me what an old BMW wartime motorcycle sounds like as you kick-start the engine:

Hitler... Hitler... Hitler! Goebbels Goebbels Goebbels Goebbels - Goering! Goering!

The old ones are the best, eh?

16 comments:

  1. What does the '478' stand for?

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    1. Don't rightly know, but I think it is the region of manufacture, or the period? There are nutters who collect them, and they would be able to tell you.

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    2. I remembered another old fave of mine last night:

      Man goes into a chemist and asks for some deodorant. The chemist says, "Ball or aerosol?"

      The man says, "Neither - it's for my armpits."

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  2. I can see this comments page degenerating into absolute filth - wish I could think of one to add to it!

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  3. Nooooo, there are nutters who collect glasses?

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    1. "Big breaths"

      "yes and I'm only thirteen"

      I'll let you fill in the gaps

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    2. Apparently, Iris.

      That should read, 'Yeth', I believe, John. (And I thought your speeling was crap...)

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  4. Iris. Tom collects glasses! Oh yeah, I see your point.

    Don't menzion zee Vor!

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    1. Well I didn't mention candlesticks, and the only way I get get a rise out of you these days is to mention ze Var.

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    2. i kind of miss the candlesticks...

      ...fucking hell, talk about Pavlov's dog!

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    1. you're easily pleased mz apple!

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    2. You don't know what she's giggling about though, do you?

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    3. humm on reflection I am glad I don't

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