One day, she turned round very confidentially and said, “You’re a spy really, aren’t you?”
Anyway, after I shagged her.
I nearly fell over laughing, then told her that the truth is far more prosaic. But it does show how easy it is to spin a line... and how people who are wanting to believe will.
I‘m still not sure she believed my denial. I mean, I would say that, wouldn’t I?
Worst one I met was REME, RM, SAS.
I was in Hereford.Worst one I met was REME, RM, SAS.
He invented a super secret underwater boat, is the only man alive who knows how to weld ships chains, was chief engineer on a RN ship that was later sold to a Saudi prince ( who insisted he be flown out to fix it - and when he got there his old tool box was still there as nobody knew how to use the tools inside)
Was the only man the SAS would work with when filming anything, taught major film stars how to act special forces and invented the Mr Bean defibrillator scene (took a month of filming)
His blades are so good (oh he's a blacksmith too) that auction houses have sold his work as antiques and they often consult him....
And he didn't tell his son he'd been SAS until he himself had a sandy beret - but told me all this bollocks (and much more) at the overlord show.
Depending on the age of the person I was a Clerk-tech, Tech-Storeman, or Stores-accountant. So that was 3 designations in a probable 20 year spread. I remember STGs being called spec ops by everyone.We've been through this in eye watering, dull as ditchwater detail on another thread.
RSIGNALS in their wisdom renamed a bunch of trades, and at least verbally -not always even on official paperwork - hardly anyone took a blind bit of notice.
Good OPSEC and PERSECAbout thirty years ago I met a guy who had served as an officer in 6th battalion Rhodesia Regiment during the bush war. I thought he was unusual as most Rhodesians served in the Selous Scouts or Rhodesian SAS, or both. The same as every South African of that era all served in the Recce Regiments.
The Rhodesia Regiment consisted of Territorials who had completed National Service and by 1978 had to complete 6 weeks call-up followed by six weeks back in civie street and then another six weeks back in the army. They were very much the unsung heroes of the Rhodesian bush war,
I have always been interested in the Rhodesian bush war and I had read Ron Read-Dalys book on the Selous Scouts, and 'The Elite' by Barbara Cole - A history of the Rhodesian SAS.
He related his tales of the bush war and I mentioned that I had read the above books.
He mentioned that he knew Lt Col Garth Barrett the CO of 1 Rhodesian SAS Regiment from 1978 - 80.
I said "Ah yes I read about him in Barbara Cole's book"
Rhodie "Were you in the bush war"
Me " No I have only read about it"
Rhodie " Are you sure you didn't serve in the Rhodesian army, you know a lot about it.
Me "No, honestly I haven't been further south than the Isle of Wight (actually a fib as I spent a week in Ascencion Island in 1982) I have just read about it.
"Hmmm" he said giving me a funny look which indicated that He didn't quite believe me.
I mean, what does this make me ? A reverse walt? A failed walt.