I periodically go running up on SPTA and in recent months its been common to see Afghan civpop dotted about the place, as well as fake compounds, etc etc. Yesterday we went for a walk in the morning in lieu of going to church, our two toddlers would have gaily screamed through the Remembrance service, so we went up on the Plain and some helpful garrison kindly marked the silence with a gun so we knew when to pause and pay our respects. It was a beautiful day up there. Continuing the walk through Beaches Barn I was surprised to see five or six utterly listless civpop sitting around one of the hescos. It was a chilly day and they did manage a cheery wave, but my wife quickened her pace and we didn't stay. Do these poor buggers live up there day in, day out? Nobody can have been exercising, so I'm intrigued. There's nothing up there, no amenity, the buildings are all knackered (particularly the blockhouse I used to land on) so it must be an existence that rivals Helmand. I remember the token Bosnians up at Copehill but they weren't resident - just trucked out for serials. Are the SPTA Afghans being released onto the Plain like the Bustard, in the hope that they'll breed?