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  • By David Rickard
    Mar 4, 2014
    “Report of Proceedings” by Ian Palmer is a superb example of a sailor’s memoir. “Brose”, as he was almost exclusively known by to his shipmates, was always going to come up with an absorbing yarn if he ever got round to it. There are two reasons. Firstly, he was a competent and respected sailor who served his branch in the Royal Australian Navy well for a lengthy twenty years. The other is that Brose could quite aptly be described as a “social animal” and an entertaining bloke to be around. It was an even bet that anyone who had not actually served with Brose during his wide-ranging career, certainly knew of him! Brose joined the navy as a raw Junior Recruit in 1971 and worked his way through the ranks of the lower deck to eventually pay-off as a Chief Petty Officer, on the cusp of being promoted to Warrant Officer. (Read the book to unearth the details on that point). The years in between (as well as after) are related in Ian’s inimitable style as he carries out his duties, then... More > parties hard aboard ships and establishments, while visiting a vast range of countries and sailing most oceans of the world. He comes across as a knowledgeable Writer sailor, capable sportsman, entertaining yarn spinner, loyal friend and frequent partaker of the ice-cold “golden throat charmer”. Perhaps these traits are part of the reason why he was a much sort after Mess President throughout his career. Ian’s hilarious turn-of-phrase had me in tears for most pages of each chapter. But what also shines through are the fascinating stories of ships, people, customs, traditions and the way he, and most sailors, look at and deal with life. The unique form of camaraderie that is life in the navy has always created a bond that stands the test of time. All this is clearly apparent by the end of Ian’s book. Most ex-sailors have a sea-bag full of unique and fascinating stories to tell about life as a member of the RAN, but alas, they seldom get around to writing it all down. Thankfully, Ian “Brose” Palmer has, in “Report of Proceedings”. Even though he specifically wrote his wonderful story as a memoir just meant for family and friends, I’m convinced there is a whole host of other folk out there who would undoubtedly enjoy getting their hands on such a light-hearted and well-written read! Dave Rickard (ex-RAN)< Less
    Feb 19, 2014
    Brose, Wow. Just how special is your book. I did not realise you had such talent. I have read quite a lot of books by ex Matelots but yours stands well above anything else I have read. Warts and all, you revealed all and also protected others by not naming them. A very honourable trait in todays Society. You certainly did not play the blame game and copped it on the chin. I got home from Hobart on Friday morning with Wettex Curtin and it was waiting for me. After leafing through it, he cannot wait to get his hands upon it. You certainly gave me a great rap and I am so proud that I had that sort of influence upon you and contributed in some small way to the very successful person you are today. WOWTR Marty Grogan OAM, Melbourne, Australia.
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Product Details

Ian Palmer
December 13, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.24 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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