Topic: Blog

Date: 07/03/2014

By: Charlie

Subject: Neville Palmer's Birthday

Many happy returns for today Neville .

Date: 07/03/2014

By: Ken Moseley

Subject: Re: Neville Palmer's Birthday

Happy Birthday old man and may you celebrate many more.

Date: 07/03/2014

By: Brian 'Chalkie' White

Subject: Re: Re: Neville Palmer's Birthday

Happy Birthday Nev,hope you're having a great day.

Date: 08/03/2014

By: Kevin Alexander

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Neville Palmer's Birthday

Happy Birthday kid.
p.s.The snow will eventaully go.
kev

Date: 08/03/2014

By: Neville Palmer

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Neville Palmer's Birthday

Thanks all for the very kind Birthday wishes, it is appreciated. Neville.

Date: 06/03/2014

By: John Bond

Subject: Happy Days

ow many remember your first continental holiday,leaving Bovington in the morning sandwiches in your pack
tickets at the ready and off you go. First stop London make for Liverpool Street station to catch a lovely train in the evening full of other young men all with the same thought where the bloody hell am I going Harwich to catch a lovely old tub for your very first ocean cruise .11 hours later you land in Holland once again not having a clue where you are or what's next ,dash to the NAFFI where you are told to get on a train . No one bothers to tell you there's a choice Green Blue White or Green having sorted this out and hopefully boarding the correct train you finally reach your new holiday home for the next........years.
Do you think today's 17/18 would take to this or stay with Palma Nova

Date: 08/03/2014

By: Dick Ward

Subject: Re: Happy Days

I well remember leaving Bovington in Oct 1956 dressed in full FSMO. and arriving at Waterloo. Three of us took a taxi to Liverpool St Station. A 'cloud' of blanco powder errupted as we settled into the taxi!
The boat to the Hook was either the Empire Wansbeck or the Vienna, can't remember which. I was a single posting and when the train eventually arrived at Brunswick Station at 2.00 am I was tired and feeling somewhat lonely! I was mightily relieved to see the duty driver waiting for me to transport me to the Regiment in Wolfenbuttel.

Date: 05/03/2014

By: Charlie

Subject: The Telegraph Article

I am glad that I served before this NUTTER was in.

Sandwiches have been banned from an officers’ mess after a commander noticed many soldiers were eating them with their hands as he insisted “a gentleman or a lady uses a knife and fork.”
Major General James Cowan issued the note after he noticed officers were eating sandwiches with their hands and failing to stand when commanders entered the room.
His three-page letter criticised standards at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire where he said he had seen a many “frankly barbaric” techniques and habits displayed by soldiers and officers.
The note, addressed to ‘Chaps’, said: “Quite a few officers in the divisional mess seem to be under the impression that they can eat their food with their hands. The practice of serving rolls and sandwiches must stop,” the Sun reported.
The letter penned by Maj Gen Cowan, who is in charge of 20,000 soldiers and 2,500 officers in 3 UK Division, most based at Bulford, also criticised poor grammar and writing, advising against the "wanton use of capitals, abbreviations and acronyms" because they can leave the reader exhausted.
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His note gave a string of etiquette tips.
Maj Gen Cowan advises on the correct way to use a knife and fork, saying "holding either like a pen is unacceptable."
On the subject of marriage he is equally direct, advising officers never to sit next to their spouse at dinner or risk showing insecurity. He also clearly outlines that he expects a junior officer to "make an effort at conversation" with one of their superiors.
A spokesman for the Army insisted the three page note, where Maj Gen Cowan also suggested soldiers should stand up when commanders enter the room, was meant to be taken as fun.
They said: “This note was part of a light-hearted correspondence between a commander and his officers about an expected code of behaviour.”
Maj Gen Cowan's six tips on etiquette:
* Sandwiches
"Quite a few officers in the divisional mess seem to be under the impression that they can eat their food with their hands. The practice of serving rolls and sandwiches in the mess is to stop. A gentleman or lady always uses a knife and fork."
* Dinner party
"A good party relies on good conversation. This requires you to come prepared to be free, funny and entertaining.Thank you letters are an art form not a chore. It is generally considered better manners if the spouse is the person who writes."
* Knife and fork
"The fork always goes in the left hand and the knife in the right. Holding either like a pen is unacceptable, as are stabbing techniques. The knife and fork should remain in the bottom third of the plate and never be laid down in the top half."
* Officers
"Ten years ago, officers would stand up when the commanding officer walked into the room. This doesn’t happen any more. I expect a junior officer to make an effort at conversation. Start by introducing yourself and talk on any civilised subject outside work."
* Successful marriage
"I recently went to a Burns night, spoilt only by a curious decision to sit husbands next to wives. The secret of a successful marriage is never to sit next to your spouse at dinner, except when dining alone at home. It displays a marked degree of insecurity."
* Grammar
"In common with officialdom the world over, military writers love to use pompous words over simpler language. Combined with underlining and italics, the wanton use of capitals, abbreviations and acronyms assaults the eye and leaves the reader exhausted."

Date: 05/03/2014

By: Bert Marner

Subject: Re: The Telegraph Article

The 1st photo in my photo gallery wouldn't have gone down too well !!!!!
(LOL - funny face!)

Date: 05/03/2014

By: Charlie

Subject: Re: Re: The Telegraph Article

At least the sandwich looks cleaner than you!

Date: 05/03/2014

By: Bert Marner

Subject: Re: Re: Re: The Telegraph Article

You 'smooth talker'!!!
I had the mandatory petrol wash down once the G/Box was removed.

Date: 15/03/2014

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Re: The Telegraph Article

I do believe that there was a time when young ossifers were sent on a knife and fork course to learn the skills of etiquette, it would seem that this practice has ceased !

Dick.

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