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    Crew of the Titanic

    Learnt something today...that the moment the ship went down, the crew were no longer on wages!!! So why would you bother helping the passengers!!!! it would never work these day under the Employment Contracts Act...any changes to your working conditions must be discussed with you prior to those changes Apparently a woman offered a crewman some amount of money for room in a lifeboat...he was given the sack for accepting a bribe!!
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    Such a fascinating story the sinking of the Titanic. Class distinction, vanity, blunders, heroism, it has it all EeeBees
    Last edited by Rushy; 08-02-2014 at 07:32 PM.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    But would you be for yourself or help others at you peril? Unless of course it was Kate Winslet, I'd probably use her as a life jacket!
    EeeBees how the world has changed!
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    People are doing that all the time aren't they, helping others at their own peril...look at the number of people who drown whilst rescueing drowning swimmers...
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    Yep and without reward, but they usually think it's not a hopeless situation and they will survive. Odds were a bit different on the Titanic.
    I think Rushy has a bit more when he talks of the class distinction. I worked for company back in the 70s, the chief engineer was an old English gentleman. His office was off the draughting room I worked in, but I was not allowed to talk to him, he was well above a bum wipe like me. To ask questions I had to talk to my manager, who then in turn talked with him. I could only speak directly to the third engineer. I'd love that situ today.
    In the 80s I took over as manager of a bankrupt company, the exiting manager was English and I worked a week with him before I inherited the mess. Smoko times a silver tea/ coffee service with biscuits, was del to his office and his two operational managers joined him. The workers smoko room was adjacent, but he wouldn't go there, about three days in, at smoko time, I said I'd join the workers, he wasn't impressed. I went in a poured myself a coffee and you could have heard a pin drop, everybody just looked at me, took a few days to come right. Funny how peoples minds work, everybody has an arse to wipe!
    Titanic sailors, engineers would have been at the bottom, the pecking order would have been fierce
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    Bloody Poms aye Maca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    Bloody Poms aye Maca.
    My thoughts exactly, stiff upper lip and tweed eh
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    With you on that Maca. My twin and I have been on the management side of things for so long, but we prefer to rub shoulders with the 'rank and file' that we were brought up as. You learn a hell of a lot more and can fix perceived issues very fast, and also pick up some damned good ideas from someone who doesn't think they are worth listening to. I've found far more people who I have the utmost respect for on a factory floor than I have talking crap around a board room table 'big noting'.

    I prefer the accessibility we have today than the old class system.
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    Imagine being the lowest on the Titanic, you'd be waiting a long time to abandon ship! Still you'd have the orchestra to listen to!
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    Father always reckoned you could shout "Jimmie" into the engine room of any ship anywhere and you'd get an immediate response.

    Big problem with the Titanic was the attitude of the time, 'we know enough to overcome nature'. The spin doctors were working well then.
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    I have to say that living in NZ after 40 plus years in Engerland is like a breath of fresh air at times.
    Life doesnt seem to revolve around the value of one`s lump of real estate or flash car etc.
    Unfortunately there are the likes of Dotcom who still think they can simply buy their way into anywhere or anything, but they are a minority here by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    Father always reckoned you could shout "Jimmie" into the engine room of any ship anywhere and you'd get an immediate response.

    Big problem with the Titanic was the attitude of the time, 'we know enough to overcome nature'. The spin doctors were working well then.
    The Jimmie bit is most likely due to the Scots being the only men hard enough to run an engine room. The soft southerners were all up on deck serving cocktails
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    Nice to know you appreciate us rabble sir, your welcome!
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    Funny isn't it really; no ironic...the management etc can drive around and wah wah but those on the ground know more about the real stuff than they will ever know...having management work along side the robots does more for the morale of the place than anything...give the lowest people some ownership of their job and they will repay the company in so many ways...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    Nice to know you appreciate us rabble sir, your welcome!
    Antipodean rabble Maca
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
    Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
    Rule 5: Check your firing zone
    Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

 

 

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