But this joke someone happened to e-mail me cheered me up a little.
The following is the transcript of an actual radio conversation in October 1995, between a US Navy ship and The British authorities, off the Scottish North coast. The transcript was released by the MoD on10/10/95.
(MoD = Ministry of Defence)
BRITISH : Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid collision.
US Navy : Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a
BRITISH : Negative.You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
US Navy: This is the Captain of US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
BRITISH: Negative. I say again. You will have to divert your course.
WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS,
THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS.
DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOURCOURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THATS 15 DE GREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.