Listen again here A short article from Martin Bell ref the job of an Army Padre in Iraq is also on the page, as well as mention of a programme he'll be doing in the New Year about Padres, called The British Army, God and the Gun . Top squaddy quote: Another sign of Christmas is the seasonal migration of chiefs of staff and politicians. Like birds of passage, they fly into Basra and then out again. As a disaffected soldier put it, they stay for the length of a fag break. Top sensible quote: The troops just get on with it. They always have. They always will. If there is a message from them this winter, it is more than one of seasonal goodwill. It is: remember we are here. We are here to stay or, better still, to go. And - please - do not take us for granted.