Thank you to Eric Gold, who wrote:
"Robert Fender brings back memories to me.
I was in Edinburgh between ships, I went down to Gibson Rankin Line every
day to see if there was any jobs too, as they carried 12 passengers to the
continent, but the guy in charge (I've forgotten his name now) always used
to say to me "Not a sausage today but come back tomorrow".
this went on and on for 2 weeks, then when P&O cruise lines phoned me up
as their brand new cruise ship, 'Pacific Princess', was due to sail from
Vancouver to the Caribbean.
I jumped at the chance. I went down to Gibson
Rankin Line again to tell the guy I would be gone in a couple of days to
Canada, but before I could tell him, he said "Not a sausage today but come
I then went in to a local butchers shop at the
foot of Leith Walk and bought 5 lbs of beef sausages and went back to him
and he still said the usual sausage routine before I could speak, so I
said "There are plenty of sausages now mate" and threw the sausages on his
desk (ha ha ha ha). It was funny but I don't think he saw the joke
(ha ha ha ha).
Later on, when I was on leave and in Leith
drinking in my usual haunts, I told all the seamen and dockers alike about
the sausage saga, and they thought it was funny, even the tough girls out
of the Jungle and Tower bars, not forgetting Fairleys too."
Eric Gold, East London: September 26, 2007