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MOB rants

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 17:22

You oiled the sore throats with best Single malt at 7 pence a glass in many long and tuneful nights in the mess, well they did start tuneful.
It was years of practice as you worked up the ranks, I often took what we called singing lessons on the square with the very young Officers, six in the morning they would line up and I would tell them "you will call me Sir, I will call you Sir but you will mean it" then make them give orders with the men at the far end so they had to project the voice. Remarks from me such as "well at least wave them goodbye or for goodness sake do something even if it is fall down dead" would get them flustered.
I once had a reasonable Tenor voice having come up through Church and School choirs to singing in the Troop Concerts we had at the time, that soon went once I got to be a WO, larger troops of men and even bigger Parades, the best oil in the world would not cure that.


MOB rants

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:13
TinaTurner wrote (see)

This is a stupid rant, but something that always bugs me.  Having watched 'Trooping the Colour', as I do every year, why does Princess Anne and Prince Edward dress in military gear?  


Tina it is not stupid as I also wonder. Prince Edward spent two weeks in the Marines, if it had been me I would have been ashamed to ever wear uniform again, apparently honour does not apply in some cases.
Princess Anne has worked her way up through the Honorary ranks accepting roles in the many military events no one ever hears about though I can assure you they happen often. The reason she did is not obvious although strong rumours did fly, enough said.
My own brush with Royalty was a Royal Duke now dead who arrived drank the Mess dry took the salute being supported on each side and I think from behind as we marched past. The other one was the old Princess Royal who was a very good age even then, she inspected us talking to some of us and I found myself looking down at a small birdlike Lady and her gazing up at me, six foot to her four foot something, at least she was showing interest and did not drink the Mess dry.
Large Parades are the culmination of weeks of rehearsal and in our case REME we still had to keep the work going, funnily the Troops in the main enjoyed them, it was show off time, strut your stuff and be proud. One I did right marker for the whole Parade which meant having every one in the right place at all times during the Parade and one spectacular Parade the CO had been in the mess nearly all night and he mouthed all the orders whilst I in stentorian voice gave them. I often wondered if the General taking the salute ever wondered why the CO's loud voice seemed to come from the back of the ranks when the CO was at the front, we got away with it and the CO bought the drinks in our Mess so another long hard night ensued.


MOB rants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:34

An accolade and a rant.
About to call British Gas on Saturday morning when the phone rang and a voice said hello this it British Gas. Imagine my total amazement that now with modern phones you do not even need to dial the number. Still sitting there with my mouth wide open the caller said your Boiler Maintenance is due can we come next week.
Still in a state of wonder I fixed it for Wednesday then told them my heating would not go off no matter what I did, OK do not worry we will check it all out for you and fix it, That is exactly what they did, a cheerful fitter who knew his job came in shut it all down fitted several new bits then tested it all out and left still smiling, he was fast clean and best of all happy in his work and it showed so well done BG. "Oh" and it was all under the insurance.

In T@#@#'s doing some shopping I checked out the meat shelves, I just check prices before going to my friendly village Butcher. Why as soon as the sun shines do they cover most of the meat with sickly gooey over sweetened BBQ sauce stuff, if I did want to BBQ and I usually do not, not wanting to eat cindered sausage or badly under cooked chicken then I would make and add my own BBQ sauce, not gooey or over sweetened.
There were some packs of New Zealand Lamb chops so thin that just dropping them into the pan would have shrivelled them to nothing and they cost £6.50 a pack. In my local Butchers I got four big fat local sourced lamb chops and some home cooked ham for £7 so what is not to like about your local shops I ask. "Oh" and not a sickly gooey BBQ sauce in sight.
Had the chops with garlic charlotte potato's, mint sauce and  peas tonight absolutely delicious soft moist and plenty to get your teeth into,


MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:45

MMP, too late he already has a shed, the sounds that come from it make me think he is inventing an even bigger noise box for his guitar.
Luckily at the moment he is busy renovating a house for when he marries later this year, being a Shop fitter helps with that, my Son, his dad tells me he comes up with solutions to problems that no one else has even seen, looks as if my engineering genes have been passed on then.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:59

Gilly Soldiers tend to live for the day, keeping a diary was not something many did, I have hundreds of pictures and to me they all tell a story, bring back memories and names long forgotten. We think our lives not important or out of the ordinary so why bother, now my Grandchildren really want to know so now it gets written down as going through the photo's the memory comes back, not all good though.
When I did the BBC documentary they had gone through some of the stories and wanted to know about what I thought mundane bits, when it was all put together those mundane bits brought it all to life so write it all down even if you do not think it matters.
One grandson told me he now knows where he gets his crackpot ideas from, I am still working that one out.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:51

Tina, it was our house that got everyone, we had the biggest house and the fresh food, plenty of bacon ham and eggs plus what came out of a large garden. The front room only open for get together Sunday tea or my piano practice would be crowded, me on piano and they were all singers, I could play Alice blue gown, just like the ivy, come into the garden Maud without looking at the music, I really wanted to play all the Glen Miller songs but got voted down, oh well I did carry on the tradition when Joan and I had our own family Joan was a very good singer and I would be on the accordion, the kids still talk about those days and we were all together yesterday for my Grandsons birthday. We are still all very close, as last man standing in the extended family group they all now want to know about life before they arrived.

G/G, my mother told me the family history mainly because she wanted me to have goals way above what they had achieved, saying that Uncle Raymond was a director at Dorman Long Steel. I did draw the line at gentleman Farmer, she wanted to send me to college, and Sea going Officer on Cargo ships, one fault with that was I could not cross the bridge over the river Tees without feeling sea sick. Dad a bit of a wit said " you went overboard with that one Gladys" Engineering was out, but put the immovable block against the immovable object and atomic explosion, I became an engineer.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:11

James the Clasp is an extra award to the medal, you pin it on the ribbon above the actual medallion, we called it a bar, I have two for one of my medals.
You can wear the medals on special occasions and with pride but you must put them on the right side of your coat, the person who earned them wears them on the left side.
Armament Artificer was the top trade and quite hard to get, the extra cash was quite a lot and the second you did pass out after 18 months solid work you became a Staff Sergeant as with all things many failed and there was no second chance in my day.
Tina, on Tuesday we buried my Cousin and I met most of his own family for the first time, I spent the afternoon telling them about their dad's early days, they said they had not known as he never told them, more probably they never listened.
In the end I had to spell it out for them to grasp, his mother was my mothers sister, I think they got it. He was ex army so for many years did not see each other it happens in all families, we have our own itinerary and lose sight of each other. Now they want me to write it all down for them, pity they did not take more notice when he was living.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:17

James it is a Sergeant Major, a Warrant Officer first class, you get an official warrant when you get the promotion from the war office, still got it.
I was REME so the official title is ASM, Artificer Sergeant Major, when I was doing some training with the Guards at Pirbright it caused some angst, they called us greasemonkeys and we called them button sticks, we got a lot more money than they did. In the end we parted friends.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:08

Stockton a bit of everything today, sunny when I went out coming back along the back lanes a total cloud burst, flash floods, water running along the road like a river.
I got to my drive and sat in the car until it was over now the sun is out again.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:47

Lucky you KEF my Peonies are still in bud bar one, the very old one, older than me has flowered and gone with its huge ruby blooms, I love it.
Stockton today mixed although warm we were sitting outside in the garden at my grandsons birthday party, it was all lovely a grand family get together "oh" and cake.


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