Don’t Rock The Boat

NZ Today - - LETTERS -

I picked up NZTODAY in the den­tist’s of­fice yes­ter­day and saw your ar­ti­cle about your fa­ther’s book, Don’t Rock the Boat and sud­denly I thought aha, the per­fect birth­day gift for Yvonne!

She’s my best friend and re­cently be­came a New Zealand cit­i­zen. She was an of­fi­cer in the South African Navy for a cou­ple of years, many years ago and al­ways likened her time there as ‘Pri­vate Ben­jamin Deluxe’.

Al­though she did well she has many funny sto­ries to tell of salut­ing with a pie in her one hand and not giv­ing the cor­rect com­mand to stop troops from march­ing – caus­ing what must have been a hi­lar­i­ous pile-up!

At an­other time she was get­ting ready for in­spec­tion dur­ing early train­ing days. She was fully dressed in step-outs and just about to put her skirt on. How­ever, it was about two sizes too small. Need­less to say in­spec­tion was done and dusted in record time with her stand­ing at at­ten­tion in high heels, black stock­ings, white shirt, black tie, jacket and hat… but no skirt! It later be­came an item in their an­nual fundraiser con­cert – this time she did wear short pants!

Your fa­ther’s story (al­though I don’t know it, also be­ing in New Zealand for only the past five years) is of course a se­ri­ous is­sue from the sounds of it and I am sure she will be in­trigued and pos­si­bly iden­tify. Al­though she’s still fond of the Navy, hop­ing to serve in New Zealand, she of­ten speaks of the rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Of course, I look for­ward to read­ing the book when she’s done with it :)

Per­haps your fa­ther’s book en­cour­ages all of us to write a book! Kind re­gards, Therése Davel ED. Thank you Therése for your fan­tas­tic let­ter. The story of Yvonne “sans” skirt at the in­spec­tion pa­rade is price­less. You will en­joy my dad’s book be­cause it is also full of amus­ing anec­dotes as well as the se­ri­ous side of his trial. And here is a shame­less pro­mo­tion for any­one in­ter­ested in his book; it can be or­dered from the au­thor at ian­bradley@voda­

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