Someone left a couple of books in work (The British Army in Ulster) which I hadn't seen in donkeys, they were published in 1973 and are very good reading as you seem to forget just how bad it was over there in the early days. However, the best thingS in it are the chapter about the esteemed Women's Royal Army Corps. I think if the author wrote it today he would have a fatwa issued on his head from every militant female group about. I quote some of the more illuminating paragraphs: ''The girls make sure that food is prepared quickly and well, they relay messages and operate telex machines with startling speed and they get through mounds of paper work''. Obviously they were multi-tasking long before the phrase was in common usage! At the bop: ''The girls, of course, have become very popular with the soldiers operating throughout the Province because when they run dances and discos they are able to invite girls who area ''on the same side,'' and are not going to try and bring in incendiaries or bombs. Because of this the girls have been in great demand by the troops to go out to social evenings organised by different regiments'' So I assume the author is referring that the girls of the WRAC are akin to the Mobile Bath and Laundry Unit in that they are a Mobile Brothel. One such party had the troops splashing on the Old Spice and Brut like it was going out of fashion: ''The CO of the Welsh Guards was making his routine inspection a short while after the girls arrived and could not understand the extraordinary smll which was penetrating the building. It turned out to be a vast conglomeration of after-shave which had put on for the girls arrival'' But amongst all the jolly frivolty in those early days, one member of the WRAC gets a special mention: ''Corporal Margaret Riley was trapped in a house in one of the difficult areas of Belfast. A crowd surrounded the doorway of the house and she broke out her truncheon, which for a 19 year old girls was quite and achievement. She later received the GOC's commendation and was invited to the Woman of the Years Luncheon'' Margaret, where are you now? Can you still handle a truncheon? How times have changed eh? These books are a quality read if you can get hold of them. Three cheers for the WRAC!!