About to go ashore.

About to go ashore.

How do you whistle in text Mick? Made this old girl's day!

Thanks Adele. Of course it looked nothing like me. I was more gorgeous than this. I forgot to say that the navy word for underwear is 'shreddies'. Named a long time before the cereal. Thanks for seeing the fun.

When I see these I look forward to your yarn, to go with a great sketch. Great fun too.

I'm pleased you enjoy them Gudrun.

Nice one, Michael, you've caught the relaxed pose.

You were an Adonis Michael!! Lovely tonal marks and another great story.

Thanks Fiona. That's it for the moment. I've discovered that a heavy sketch with a wash seems to work well enough, so I've learned something. Perhaps it is the graphite and the water which produces the grainy effect you mentioned earlier. I'll have another go at the pastels now. Re Adonis - you are very perceptive.

Hang on Studio Wall

Pencil sketch and watercolour wash. This is me in 1966 leaning against a bulkhead in 10 Mess. Getting ready to go ashore in Singapore. I'm showered, foofoo dusted (talcumed) and in my freshly dhobied (washed) purple jockey shorts. Nearly ready. Bring it on!

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Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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