Whatever happened in the 'dit' is always much worse than the situation at this very moment: if I was trapped in a cage with a crocodile and a bootneck, I'd be willing to bet that his last words would be 'pah, when we were in the Falklands, we got trapped in a cage with TWO crocodiles!' .
There's a great line in some war film that my granddad used to watch all the time:
- 'Yes sir?'
- 'In future, whenever I say 'chin up, we've been in worse before' - this is what I'm talking about!'
Source of the British squaddie's nickname 'Wennie' because they all start with 'when I [was in]'