Ragged Clown

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May
22
2022

Request the Pleasure of your Company

In the Immemorial Custom of the Service, it is The Tradition that if Two Warships of the Royal Navy should pass on the High Seas, the Senior Captain shall hoist the Signal Flags R-P-C to Request the Pleasure of the Company of the Other Captain. If the Other Captain is able to accept the invitation, he will signal W-M-P for With Much Pleasure or — if circumstances do not allow — M-R-U for Much Regret Unable. The other Ship’s Officers and Men might subsequently make similar arrangements if the invitation is accepted.

If you were to see a similar signal flying over the Stoop Deck of The Villa, you should deduce that the Commanding Officer is enjoying a beer in the sunshine and, further, that you are welcome to join him for refreshments and polite conversation. The proprietors at The Stoop Deck usually have beer aplenty but, if your tastes incline more towards the continental style such as Sauvignon Blanc with Ice or the more lubberly Thatcher’s Gold, you may prefer to supply your own provisions. In this modern era, guests of all genders and ages are welcome.

Do not send to know for whom the flag flies. It flies for thee.

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7 responses to Request the Pleasure of your Company

John Dowling May 22, 2022

Call to arms, a powerful signal of intent, a rallying cry, that spirit never leaves you, we can achieve so much when we work together, Nelson knew that and was prepared to pay the ultimate Price.

Bonne courage
Johnboy France

    Ragged Clown May 23, 2022

    Nelson was my hero when I was young and I loved to read about his adventures as a boy. He wasn’t the reason I joined the navy but he was always an inspiration.

    Fun fact from history: When I left the navy, I had to write a resignation letter to the captain and, following Nelson’s example, I ended it with “Thank God I have done my duty.”

    I wish I had kept a copy of that letter!

Claire ATX May 22, 2022

Oh..if only The Stoop Deck of The Villa were right around the corner from Austin, TX…I’d order a pint I’d cider.

Once I made the mistake of ordering “hard cider”, which is the Texas term for it, at Fraggle Cafe, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England. I was quickly corrected. By either name, the pint and the company at The Stoop Deck sounds inviting.

    Ragged Clown May 23, 2022

    We made the opposite error when we first arrived in New York. We bought a gallon of cider because it seemed really cheap! Imagine how sad we were when we found that it was apple juice 🙁

    When I raise the signal flags, I never know who is going to show up! Lucky for me, I was blessed, yesterday, with the best band of shipmates an old sailor could wish for and we spent a beautiful afternoon filled with beer, laughter and tales of derring-do.

    I’ll let you know when the next one so that you can raise your glass of cider from Austin!

Claire ATX May 22, 2022

Oh..if only The Stoop Deck of The Villa were right around the corner from Austin, TX…I’d order a pint of cider.

Once I made the mistake of ordering “hard cider”, which is the Texas term for it, at Fraggle Cafe, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England. I was quickly corrected. By either name, the pint and the company at The Stoop Deck sound inviting.

Janet May 25, 2022

This is simply tremendous 🙂

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