That very old expression I have used as the subject for this thread is to do with battles at sea.
It is to do with refusing to surrender when beaten. For it was customary for the loser in a sea battle to lower its flags from the masthead and accept defeat. If the flag was nailed to the mast surrender was impossible. The crew of the ship would go down fighting.
In the cold light of day, after threatening to hit Jon Fuller with a zimmer frame - a threat, if and when I come across him - I stand by, I want to make my position, and the reason for it clear to both him and his crony, the man who hides behind the silly handle that is Dirk Diggler.
First, the reason.
Eighteen months ago, when I decided to switch from sail to ribbing I was introduced to my first RIB and this community by Alan Priddy. Soon after that, through my new delight in this sport which was much enhanced by this Forum of enthusiasts, I met John Kennett. These two men have become respected friends.
Last Christmas saw the arrival here of Fuller and Diggler. The atmoshpere soon changed from one of open enthusiasm and light banter to exchanges that were full of bad tempered sarcasm and snide personal attacks and these were led invariably by Messrs F & D.
I have ignored them in the vain hope that they would tire of their destructive undermining but it seems they are bent on destroying one of the most disciplined and well-mannered sites on the web.
And I, for one, am sick and tired of it. Maybe others of you are, too.
So I have nailed my colours to the mast. I will not surrender to those two bully boys.
John Kennett, they are hell bent, for some reason of their own, of wrecking this good thing that you have built. So, please do not pull this thread. Nail your own colours to the mast as well. And let the other decent enthusiasts join me and do the same.
What say you, ribsters? Are you going to make it clear to these two troublemakers that they should should cut and run? Or do you want them to wreck what you enjoy?