Battle Of Waterloo

Late 1960s ! The Beatles, Carnaby Street and Ralph about to destroy London ! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Thanks Debby for reminding me. Hah !

Debby

Debby

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I joined the Royal Corps of Signals  when I was 17 1/2.

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A few weeks of basic training where I learned to polish boots …..

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……… blanco and polish brass on belts ……

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….. march with pride …..

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…… get muddy and polish boots again and again and again.

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I passed out. Marching with dignity !

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I immediately entered my Trade Training Course in electronics where I learned to polish my boots ….

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….. and how to hold a soldering iron by the handle and not the hot end.

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A year later some bright spark thought I was good enough to repair specialist radios……

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….. and posted me to Aden. Active service ! Guns ! Fighting ! Thanks ! Not !

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I was allowed out on my own ! I was leaving this …….

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…..for this.

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Ooops ! It’s the 1960s. I mean for this ……

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…….as I had 2 weeks leave before departing for Aden.

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A train to London. Cross London by the Underground…….

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…… then a train to Portsmouth Harbour…….

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….. followed by a ferry to the Isle of Wight.

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No problem ! Hah ! I got more goosebumps thinking about it !

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And so my story begins !

Late at night ! My train to London and crossing London from Kings Cross to Waterloo by the Underground was a piece of cake.

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Weighed down by my Army suitcase ……

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…… and kitbag …..

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…….I was the last passenger from my tube train…….

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…… to ascend the escalator up to the mainline station of Waterloo.

This is where I met my Waterloo !

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Thankfully I placed the heavy suitcase to the side of me with the heavy kitbag on top. Up the escalator I went looking at the wall posters of scantily dressed women (Well I was 19 years old. No difference then !).

Nearing the top I picked up the kitbag, reached for the suitcase handle and the suitcase had

GONE !! OMG !

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Play this Dam Buster theme so as to enhance your reading experience

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My suitcase had gone ! I swung round to look down the escalator and almost fell …..

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…… as I saw my suitcase tumbling over and over ……..

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…. down the escalator !

Time stood still as I watched in horror, my suitcase becoming a Suitcase of Mass Destruction. A bouncing bomb !

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Thank God nobody was on the escalator !!

My suitcase tumbled faster, higher and higher !

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It could wipe out the whole of London’s Father Christmas-es !

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I was dreading the repercussions

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I could end up picking up raven’s poo with a teaspoon in the Tower of London for the rest of my Army career if it hit someone !

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What can I do ?

Jump over on to the down escalator  ……

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….. or maybe slide down between escalators ……

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….. Nope !

With a massive THUD my suitcase hit the far wall at the bottom.

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Any harder the wall would have split open pouring water from the River Thames into London’s Underground system.

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I managed to retrieve my suitcase without falling over in my haste to get to it …..

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…… and reascended the Escalator Of Doom ! Half way up, the escalator stopped and I heard metal gates at the top being pulled closed. I shouted

Oy ! Hang on !

Struggling up the last 50 steps, suitcase (looking good) and kitbag in hand, a face peered over the top looking down at me.

Blakey from "On the Buses"
Blakey from “On the Buses”

Hurry up son. I’m closing up ! Where are you going ?

I told him.

Waterloo was closing down for the night, but Blakey, a kind soul, looked at my military ID and ticket, opened the gate to Platform 9 3/4 where my train stood and let me board 6 hours before it left for the South Coast of England.

I lay out on a long empty seat and slept.

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A sudden JOLT woke me up 6 hours later. The train was moving and I couldn’t see !

4 commuting passengers were sitting on the edge of my seat with me jammed longways behind them.

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Eventually I arrived home on the Isle of Wight. There were no girls on the beach …..

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…… just snow ! The same as the place I left.

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I did manage to get to Aden for a year and I didn’t get killed.

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Do you think that I needed supervision ?

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Ralph xox ❤

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All the images & gifs were found on Google search to enhance your reading experience OR for those who only like to look at pictures. They are not mine and never will be.

88 Comments on “Battle Of Waterloo

  1. The suitcase thing sounds like something I would do, only it would have come open and flung who knows what all over the other passers-by.

    I thought y’all had a rule over there about all your Father Christmases being in one place at once, in case of an escalator mishap taking them all out at once?

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    • Hi Not 😀
      lol. Oh yes ! I think that a bouncing suitcase is definitely your type of thing to do. Mine didn’t open thank heavens or there would have been bras …..oops, no …. polished boots flying everywhere !
      Is there such a rule ? I know there is one banning all the London Santas from climbing down the same chimney together 😉
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi JF 😀 Oops ! I left them in the Left Luggage Office nearly 50 years ago. I suppose I better go and collect them soon 😉 Ralph 😀

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  2. Did you need supervision? LOL Were you 19? Were you going somewhere you didn’t want to go? Was it dangerous? hmmmm Let me think, Ralphie…. Na, probably the government needed its head examined for sending you there with the polished boots expectation.

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    • Hi MVBFM 😀 Lots of questions which are too deep for me. I’m too busy sitting in the corridor polishing my boots to answer 😉 Hugs Ralph xox ❤

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  3. No, I still do not think you needed any supervision then. Those were young teen time. Many made strange mistakes or did things you would not think of doing now, he he he.

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  4. Well, well, well …. another Ralph adventure that involves complete insanity. 😀
    Nonetheless, you did it all in a shiny pair of boots, and I’m proud of you!
    In the end I figure you did not need supervision.
    The Royal Corps of Signals, the country of Aden, London’s underground Tube Trains, Blakely, Platform 9 3/4, raven’s poo, The Tower of London, London’s Father Christmas-es, your suitcase, no girls on the beach and so many, many more were the ones that needed the supervision, in my estimation……apparently!
    _Resa xox 😎

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    • Hello Resa 😀 Complete insanity just about sums up my life. Would you be my psychiatrist, but only if you wear polished boots ? And you are right that those things do need supervision ! Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. I think you may have just outdone all of your previous experiences, Ralphie. The rest of us do lead colourless lives. Sigh. 🙂 oxox<3

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    • Hello Sylvia 😀
      Dizzy ? No change then 😉
      I must agree with you as I am amazed as well. Must be your charming comments that are keeping me going my friend 😀
      Ralph xox ❤

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  6. Lol, good one, Ralph! No, no, you don’t need supervision… but maybe SUPER-vision so you can see the bikini girls when you like 🙂

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  7. Supervision? Ralpha!! Next you will be asking who by. Hugs my friend. You so made me giggle ! xxxxx
    P S Where were you stationed in North Yorkshire? Catterick?

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    • Hey Shey 😀
      Who by ? Are you volunteering or has a hamstah put you up to this ? Well it was your suggestion ! 😉
      Yes, it was Catterick. Did I meet you there ? 😉 I returned there for more courses which was quite a culture shock to be back in the strictness of training from the relaxed atmosphere of front-line squadrons throughout the world.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  8. Even I think that you are tough enough to take care to your own and we’ve been all 19……………thinking of it looks such long time ago ! Love your story and it was a bit complicated (hihihi) to get to the isle of Wight but finally you did although I think it was better to be accompanied by all these gorgeous girls even in Aden ! 🙂 !

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    • Hello Serach 😀 Thanks for your great comment my friend. There were no girls in Aden to socialise with, but I did have 3 years in Cyprus later which was a different story 😉 lol.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. Your suitcase back then survived all that where modern ones tend to get broken by routine airline luggage handling. Then again in the past things were made to last, where now they are made to make people buy new ones.

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    • Hello LB 😀 So true ! My suitcase hardly had a scratch and even the cassette radio that was inside still worked after such a beating it had.. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi Beth 😀 Thank you my friend……and….. I agree ! I needed supervision then as much as I do now 😉 Ralph xox ❤

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  10. OMG outrageously funny, except the war part :(. Seriously, you are so darned talented you should be writing amazing books with your tales and becoming a legacy! I am happy to know I inspired your little escalator story by making a mere comment. Thank you sweet guy for putting my picture and website on the top of your very entertaining post! xoxo hugs to you! ❤

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    • Hi Debby 😀
      I agree with you about the war part. Other than that I had been to so many different countries and have had some wonderful experiences during the15 years in the Army.
      I am having fun with blogging my stories. I can’t seem to concentrate for long to get into writing seriously.
      You are very welcome. Your comment did bring up the memory of my escalator incident, so I must thank you ! Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Ralph, I’m sending you love, hugs, even kisses (yep), blessings and all things good from my heart…what I’d also like to send is your Christmas card and I have turned this house upside down looking for your address and cannot find it!

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    • Hello dear Belinda 😀
      Wow ! What a lovely comment from you to wake up to this dark and rainy morning. Thank you so much for your love, hugs and kisses. So sweet of you my friend 😀
      I did have my address on a request for Valentine cards in January this year ……
      https://bluefishway.com/2014/01/03/pimp-up-my-valentine/
      …… but you would never have found it.
      That is a really kind thought in sending me a Christmas card. Your request for my address came out out of the blue. Thank you my friend.
      I am still upset that you never received the green parcel. It did have a return address on it but I have not had it back. It may eventually turn up at your home. I hope so !
      Here’s my address anyway.

      Ralph Whillier,
      137, Canada del Real Tesoro,
      29391 Estacion Cortes de la Frontera,
      Malaga, Spain

      May I return love, hugs and kisses to you Belinda and I hope you are having a good day today. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. Oh Ralph, if we ever get our links straight, I’ll be sending the orples over to supervise you. We’re on a new site, by the way—we’re working on it anyway —- http://orples.net.
    I think we got ‘unlinked’ somehow?

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  13. Happy and special birthday wishes sent your way, Ralph!! You deserve a great time, glad you got mince meat pie and birthday cake. I wish I could be there to give you a hug and have a piece of cake! Smiles, Robin

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    • Hi Robin 😀 I know where you have just come from 😀 Thank you so much. You are so sweet. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. Thank you for liking “Snowflakes” and “Snowflake Photomicrography.” I enjoyed reading this fun post. I do not think you needed supervision. I think most of us have had some weird wardrobe/luggage/accessory mishap at some point in our lives. Two of my own mishaps come to mind as I type this.

    One time I placed the strap of my umbrella around my wrist, and then I happily swung my umbrella back and forth as I walked down a busy hallway. The strap broke, and my umbrella slid down the hall by itself! I felt foolish running down the hallway to get it.

    Another time I was walking down a sidewalk carrying a heavy bag filled with papers and books. I was carrying it in my arms instead of slung on my shoulder, and I did not see the uneven pavement in front of me. I tripped on the uneven pavement and landed far away from where I was before I tripped. I think I was still clutching my bag on the way down. I looked around hoping no one saw me, but sure enough one person was there to witness my embarrassing fall. He asked me if I was all right. I was okay except that I skinned my knee.

    I did not know that it was your birthday until I read the other comments. Happy Birthday! 🙂

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    • Hello Arlene 😀 Thank you so much for your very long comment with your unfortunate tales. I am sure that you cringe now while thinking about them !
      I tried to keep my birthday quiet, but hey ho ! Thank you so much for your happy birthday. I had a quiet one at home this year. Big hug to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Heehee. I really do need to expand my replies a little ! The kitbag held all the soft clothing 😀

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      • Hilda lent me her suitcase for the Israel holiday as I had to hand in my army suitcase with the 2 keys ( the QM got upset if there was not 2 keys !) when I left the army many years ago. 😀

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      • Wow! That’s a long time. Did you have any after affects such as PTSD? A guy who also works for the Recovery Learning Community, teaches about PTSD

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      • No. I never had PTSD due to my army career. If I ever faced stress it was living and working in the UK afterwards. I preferred living and working abroad which I did for many years and am doing now……..well, living 😀

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      • That’s great you didn’t have PTSD. Living and working in the UK, I had to laugh, I do more than one job as you know. 2 employed jobs and I am self-employed.

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      • I was self employed, teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery for the Recovery Learning Community, as from the 1st of this month, I am now on the NHS Partnership Trust Staff Bank. I teach on a day off from my day job in John Lewis, during term time. Not every week. Next spring term I am teaching for them for 7 weeks in total, and I have my first Blog Training for Business Masterclass for my self employment on the 14th of January.

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      • You just caught me. I must answer you before I shut down for the night. It’s 03:30 !!
        Wow ! What a variety of jobs ! I hope you are not working early tomorrow ! Good night my friend.

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  15. At least your mishaps are not from being an idiot. I on the other hand, have been known to drive off with all my business papers lying on the trunk of my car. Then I had to run down the road trying to gather them without getting smacked by other cars. Maybe we both need keepers or maybe we could supervise each other. No telling the trouble we’d get into then. 😀 ❤
    Happy birthday, Darlin'. Save me some cake.

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    • Hello Elizabeth 😀 Guess what a little birdie brought me in the post this morning ? Yes ! It arrived ! You are so sweet and thank you so much my friend 😀 😀 ❤ 😀 😀
      Now I had better get down to answering your comment or helping you pick up the papers. Wow ! That must have been scary. I hope you found them all.
      Yes. If we mutually supervise each other it would be trouble 😉
      A big hug and a slice of cake my friend. Ralph xoxox ❤ ❤

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    • Hi Ivy 😀 Two days ago ! I did try to keep it quiet ! My heart won’t take all these blogging women fussing over me 😉 You weren’t going to fuss over me, were you ?
      Thanks for reading my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • I was most definitely going to fuss over you!!!
        (hey what does the “fuss” mean? 😀 )

        So, nevertheless of the fact you hid it from us I wish you everything well, a lot of health, new experiences and new interesting and kind people, a lot of fun and laughter 🙂 ❤

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      • Fuss means many things but in this case it means “A display of affectionate excitement and attention: ie. Everyone made a fuss over the new baby.”
        Your last paragraph is so sweet. Thank you my friend 😀 ❤

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  16. Smiles! Great music. Completely well placed and absolutely enhanced the already entertaining bit. You are clever and a true gem, Ralph. The music even timed out to have just finished as I am typing away here, enjoying a pot of tea with you!! Keep up the greatness Friend 😀

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    • Hi Katrina 😀
      Wow ! A new avatar ! I love the pose 😀
      Wow ! An unexpected comment ! How fantastic ! I know you have been busy climbing your way to stardom 😀
      Wow ! What a fabulous comment ! I am so pleased that you enjoyed this post !
      Wow ! Our breakfast drinks are still special to me my friend !
      Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a starry New Year !
      Lots of hugs as it must be cold now in NYC. Ralph xox ❤

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