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Casinogirls

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Maggie O'Donnell, QE2 Casino girl 1981-1983
« on: Feb 06, 2012, 12:20 AM »
Hi,
My name is Maggie O'Donnell and I worked in the Casino on and off from 1981 - 1983... I still have many friends I made onboard from those hazy, crazy days... lots of great times and brilliant people...with fantastic memories  :)

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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #1 on: Feb 06, 2012, 12:26 AM »
Hello Maggie, and welcome to the Forum!

Enjoy the excellent company of so many QE2 fans here, and the memories of your time on board.

We would love to hear something of your time as a casino girl -- there must be many stories to tell :) ...

Have a look around, you may meet up with some old colleagues again, and come across some stories from your time on QE2.

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #2 on: Feb 06, 2012, 12:30 AM »
world cruise - cocktail  party

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #3 on: Feb 06, 2012, 12:37 AM »
I was one of the lucky casino staff to be on there before the Falklands, and also did the maiden voyage after... plus when Alan Whicker was on there making his film... the maiden voyage to Philadelphia.. plus many, many more..
Always remember Casino barmen, Kevin McGee, another Kevin, Omar, Benji and Peter Wordley..just so many names and people to remember... the scouse barmen crew who looked after us !!! and the whole upstairs, downstairs environment was a blast.
As Casino staff you were not supposed to socialise with crew.. but of course we all did... looking back at my photos I just can't remember how all those people used to fit into our cabins for the numerous parties... if those cabins could talk LOL !!!!

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #4 on: Feb 06, 2012, 09:20 AM »
world cruise - cocktail  party

Welcome aboard Maggie.  You will enjoy this forum.

Looking forward to your memories.  Casino Crew was about sixteen if I recall. Quite a responsibility, I would think. 

Great photos.  Get the hair  :o   

Which one is you?

Offline Barrie Evans

Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #5 on: Feb 06, 2012, 09:54 AM »
Welcome aboard Maggie.  You will enjoy this forum.

Looking forward to your memories.  Casino Crew was about sixteen if I recall. Quite a responsibility, I would think. 

Great photos.  Get the hair  :o   

Which one is you?
;D Hi Maggie. Welcome "Back on board". I have to say that its has to be "Odds On" that you are going to have lots of very interesting stories for us, with all your memories, and lets hope you get some contact from your fellow crew members  ;D Im sure that you will enjoy the friendship with our forum, and that you will also make some new friends.
Barrie
 

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2012, 10:30 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Maggie. Looking forward to hearing more of your stories.  :)
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2012, 02:56 PM »
This is me... doing one of the shake and grins...


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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2012, 03:07 PM »
Hi ...

Top photo I am second on left... so posted pic below just of me... my hair goes through various stages in the 80's.. it's a scream.. the make is a killer as well... but absolutely crazy days.. often remember finishing a night shift - bearing in mind we could'nt close until last (big money) punter went... going down to 5 deck my cabin was 5054... and there would be parties just randomly going on everywhere.. people in all sorts..
We had passenger status and in those days never had to work the ports, was illigal... so all in all had the best of both worlds.
Saying that some people who came on just couldn't hack the pace, of work hard and play hard... not us though... getting paid to be on such a fantastic icon... and travel the world..
For me it was the people who made it... some of the passengers were great but unfortunately working in a casino you don't always get the better side of people... but overall it was great.

I remember once we were in St Thomas having a party on Megans Bay Beach... passed out - got sunstroke and nearly missed the ship.... Oh! happy days... still had to go to work.. ankles all bandaged up after I'd had a shot ( you know where ) from the doctor..and everythime we would go on a break.. one particular barman would say.. ' special orange juice'  Maggie... umm I'd say... you'd get to the break room - and of course it would have a large vodka in it.. :)
More stories to follow....

Offline Twynkle

Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #9 on: Feb 06, 2012, 05:58 PM »
Hi Maggie - and Welcome!

It's great that you have joined us - Thank you for posting!

So - about those truly glam photos - it looks as if the Casino was definitely the place to be!
Love the Big hair - I wonder whether (when on duty), you had to wear a sort of uniform from the start of your time on board?
And during times at sea, when the Casino was quiet / closed, did you have to go and fill in duties in other Hotel Departments?
(Casino staff of the current Cunarders look very formal now - almost like the head waiting staff!)

Have you had time to have a look in the Search window for fellow crew-mates?
Here's another place that'll make you feel at home (or not ;), as the case may be!!)
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,330.0.html
It seems a much quieter topic than some - it would be great to hear more!
All the best
Rosie

QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #10 on: Feb 07, 2012, 08:21 AM »
Welcome onboard Maggie

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #11 on: Feb 07, 2012, 11:09 PM »
Welcome to the forum Maggie. When I was on board the Casino girls were usually great fun. Magical Maggie? Gilly Patterson?

Offline peter ward

Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #12 on: Feb 09, 2012, 03:27 PM »
Hi maggie, If you were on board from 81' then I probably served you..my names peter and I looked after the casino staff in the restaurant.
It was great looking after you lot as you never came down for breakfast ,so we had an easy ride. I also remember cabin 5054 as I went to many a party there , I remember one morning about 7.30am as I was walking past on my way to do breakfast there was a party in full swing .I was spotted by the girls and dragged into the party ,a large vodka was thrust into my hands (vodka for breakfast !) and I was expected to join in !!
some great girls there and great times . peter
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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #13 on: Feb 09, 2012, 04:13 PM »
Hi Peter,

Lovely to hear from you.. maybe you can put up some photos.. I remember so many names, far too many to list.. eveeryone loved looking after us lot.. as you say, never ever went to breakfast think I only made it once after a party in the three years.
Could'nt tell you what lunch was all about.. I know some of the slot techs used to go (boring)... but you guys were always such a laugh and of course you all had the added bonus of being invited to our parties, funnily enough everytime I went on I always had 5054 or 5052...you will have to give me some names you worked with.. and I am sure I will know them.
Happy crazy days...and some of the people I met on there are still my friends today..
I always remember our parties they were madness, you would have everyone and anyone.. I've got some great photos of some very wealthy passengers at our parties who got very drunk (surprised for casino parties - I bet !) and don't ask how or why ended up wearing our casino dresses and shower caps.. just anything happened... bodies always everywhere..but all just harmless good fun, special, special people on a very special ship that will always hold a big place in my heart...

I stayed in Casinos up until about ten years ago..did very well and worked in many countries.. what about you ?

Lovely to catch up   :)

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #14 on: Feb 09, 2012, 09:27 PM »
Hey!  That's next door to the cabin we had on honeymoon - 5050! :)

That was a bit later on, though, in 2002....
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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #15 on: Feb 10, 2012, 01:22 AM »
Hey Peter

I bet the cabins were very different in 2002.... at least you know they were always happy cabins..

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 10, 2012, 05:28 PM »
Hello again maggie, I made some great friends with some of the girls on board ,one in particular was a girl called kim sealy ....an abosutely gorgeous girl from ilford , a west ham nut with whom I went the match when liverpool played there. stayed at her house a few times .also a girl called jenny although she prefered to be known as jay (she looked like kate bush) and I definitely had a thing for (and with ) her. other names ...babs fusaro, a great girl called sandy who's nickname for some unkown reason was 'worm' ..yvonne pitch , yvonne hall ...a slot tech called geoff ..I can see loads of faces but the names have faded .but one thing is for sure we all had a ball.
I left the ship in 82 but stayed in the merchant navy till 88...now I'm a head chef at a gastro pub in rural cheshire . x peter
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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #17 on: Feb 10, 2012, 06:34 PM »
I made some great friends with some of the girls on board ... now I'm a head chef at a gastro pub in rural cheshire . x peter
Hmm, Nice one Peter ;)  What is the name of the gastro pub where are you cheffing?

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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #18 on: Feb 11, 2012, 12:30 AM »
Hi Peter,

Must have crossed each others paths at some stage... because all of the girls you have mentioned I know and have worked with. As for Jay she is one of my closest friends to this day... she is married and has been living in Australia for years.. never had any children..  did a few trips with Geoff myself.. was an OK guy.  As for Babs Fusaro andother very good friend of mine, she lives in Derbyshire now and has a farm with her partner.... all of these girls have long since left the business... but were great girls
I worked a lot with Babs and Jay, and also did many cruises working with Babs on the QE2... I will put up a photo of us..

Sounds like you have done well for yourself.. and Cheshire is a lovely part of the world.. I have many friends from you hometown..
last time I was in Liverpool hardly recognised it... the docks has changed so much... but a great place.

Check out the top two photos... Babs is in both of them... :)
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Re: Casino girl.. 1981 - 1983
« Reply #19 on: Feb 11, 2012, 12:06 PM »
hi again maggie, what a small world eh , I thought I recognised babs in those pics ...what a great laugh she was , she would sometimes come down to my cabin or the crew bar for a drink .always up for a laugh.
Kim seally went to live in oz too..she married one of the waiters of the Qe2 .......good to hear that the girls are all doing well . :)
peter