Has it really only got one chair? And at a height unsuited to the table?So lets break this delight down a bit....
Judging by the design of the windows this is original post war building tarted up with some fibreboard walls and lowered the ceiling to hide 40years of Xmas Lunch food fights.
Bar Person (tick!) "Does the refurbishment budget involve proper optics for the spirits?"
Sodexho Manager "You f*cking heathen, no!! Put them on the window sill with those sickly mixer things no one drinks on the shelf".
Coffee chickory flavour syrup......Tick!
Posh meringues in a glass cabinet which will be replaced by KitKats and Twix's by next week.
Sodexho Manager "We need a gimmick to get the light blue shirt lot to increase their trouser sizes even more....I know lets put up a poster for Pie Wednesday! They will get 3 pies for the price of 1, but only frozen ones mind!"
Bar Person "Will it really be open to families?"
Sodexho Manager "Dont be stupid, even the RAF families are not going to come into the JRC and spend Fri night in The Common Room when Reading is down the road. That was just to sell it to the Station Commander because he wants a job with us next year when he leaves!".
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So RAF Ben Fund used to top up RAF infrastructure, not assist veterans fallen on hard times. RAF Ben has just closed convalescent old folks home to save money claiming Covid has hit their finances. Is this a move to close eating facilities in Officer's, Sgt's and JR Mess to one 'on base eater'? Thus saving contractor a mint.
Rumour has it the the RAF Puma force could get an early chop with the imminent defense review, so RAF Benson could close or is the writing on the wall for RAF Northolt to move all flying to RAF Benson? Interesting times.
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The voice of internal anger & bitterness.....By all ranks do they mean Flt Lt ‘call me Jason’ can have a bacon roll with SAC ‘call me Chantelle’ while Air Commodore Bazzer orders himself a double frothy lattecapacino with soya milk and a caramel syrup shot.
FFS. Crabs are turning themselves into more of a laughing stock each passing day.
All this to keep a few dozen aircraft in the air.
Beat me to it.
I have a good friend who is a manager at the RAF Benevolent Fund. She tells me that the rules for getting aid are rather strict, so this project must have met the criteria...