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Born To Be Mild

March 18, 2012
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Born To Be Mild

  My good friend John swears he dropped his Honda Deauville motorbike because it was so boring he nodded off to sleep! Sounds to me like a feeble excuse for a slow-speed off that cost him a new pannier lid. But it is true that the unassuming 700 shaft drive  is nicknamed the Dullsville.   But only,…

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Desert Storm of Sand – Dune and Dusted

December 9, 2011
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Dusty Dusk landing

Thousands of hours of operations of British military helicopters in Afghanistan revealed a crucial gap in their pre deployment training.   For nowhere else on earth could they experience the fine dust storms that make desert landings and take offs among the most challenging manoeuvres.   So now before they can start operational sorties all rotary wing aircrews must…

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Too Raw for the Corps

December 1, 2011
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Too Raw for the Corps

Two British comedians touring British bases in Afghanistan were warned to tone down their language after American officials objected to the amount of profanity in the pair’s routine of blue gags.  In the event the three-hour comedy and music review went ahead at the US Marine Corps’ massive Leatherneck Base, but to a much smaller…

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Another Monty Wows Troops

November 28, 2011
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Another Monty Wows Troops

 A world away from the perfect fairways of the pro golf tour, Colin Montgomerie gave a master class in one of the world’s unlikeliest driving ranges.  For over an hour he gave personal coaching to forces golf fans spread out across the windswept dust of  Camp Bastion, Britain’s massive supply base in Afghanistan. As he…

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Stop Sending Says Military Mails Chief

November 22, 2011
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The head of British military postal services in Afghanistan has urged to people without friends or relatives serving there to stop sending Christmas gifts to the troops. Cptn Chloe Russell fears the system cannot cope with an extra thousand packages a day.  This year the Internet has added to the workload, allowing strangers to  “adopt”…

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On One Wheel To War

November 18, 2011
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An Army officer at the UK’s biggest base in Afghanistan has hit on  a novel way of getting around more suited to the big top than a battlezone.  Combat logistician Capt Titus Jordon tucked his dad’s unicycle into his rucksack before heading for Helmand.  He uses the circus machine to pedal along dusty gravel tracks…

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Desert Spring Slakes Soldiers' Thirst

November 18, 2011
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Desert Spring Slakes Soldiers' Thirst

Camp Bastion’s bottling plant has just celebrated a remarkable milestone – or should that be watermark – by filling their forty-millionth bottle. The first of its kind, since February 2008 the drinking water purification works has notched up enough production to fill four Olympic-size swimming pools. Staff from KBR, who operate Ministry of Defence-owned complex…

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Soldiers Leave Legacy of Learning

November 13, 2011
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Soldiers Leave Legacy of Learning

Soldiers of Twenty-One Signal Regiment  have rolled up cialis online their sleeves to refurbish a secondary school in the Afghan capital.  They handed over the building to delighted teachers and children just before returning from Kabul to their base in Wiltshire.  Quebel Bay High was a school in name only.  After years of neglect and…

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All Quiet On Former Kill Zone

November 13, 2011
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All Quiet On Former Kill Zone

 A major step in the timetable to 2014’s withdrawal of foreign combat forces is expected this week when Afghanistan’s President Karzai may announce the next list of places stable enough to transfer to full Afghan security control. The actual transition ceremonies should take place early next year, depending on local conditions.  Among the former battlegrounds…

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Front Line Remembers

November 13, 2011
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Front Line Remembers

Armistice Day in Afghanistan.  With no ceasefire in Britain’s long war – this its 3,694th day -  patrols push out across Helmand as usual  Lt Ben Brading and his platoon from “A” Company, 1 Yorks watch keenly as they pace the streets of Zorabad.  Only weeks in country, just two days ago the battalion lost…

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