Bumping into Old Blokes......

#1
....there I was, chucking ales down my scrawny throat in London today and bumped into the Colonel who was in charge of my P Coy in 1983....bizarre as you like, he hadn't changed one bit except that he wasn't wearing one of them blue PTI type tops....anyone else had a close encounter of the past kind?
 

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#2
Funnily enough, I've been staying in a hotel for the past couple of nights and the barman is none other than a lad we all used to bully at school for being a bit fat.

Personally I had him down as someone who'd end up topping himself, so it's nice to see his made it this far and got himself a job.

He's still fat.




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#3
Did he give you a free ale though?
With my encounter I had the feeling he just wanted to put us back on the log on the training area! Our course must have done ok though as two of the blokes are now Lt. Generals!
 
#4
Not really bumped into anyone, but for some reason it hit me the other day, that the lean, mean fighting machine, troop staffy that took me through basic in 1977 is now likely to be nearly 70 years old, frightened the crap out of me.
 

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#5
"If you sit by the river long enough you will see the body of your enemy float by".
Harry Potter.
 
#6
In the Far East and joined a submarine by parachuting into the South China Sea, dragged over the casing and when dived, the first person I met was head shed Amphibious Warfare who, when I was a boy in the RN had been my Captain on a destroyer 15 year before. A bit embarrassing being led around the boat and him telling all and sundry that he and I were once shipmates.
 
#7
In the Far East and joined a submarine by parachuting into the South China Sea, dragged over the casing and when dived, the first person I met was head shed Amphibious Warfare who, when I was a boy in the RN had been my Captain on a destroyer 15 year before. A bit embarrassing being led around the boat and him telling all and sundry that he and I were once shipmates.
Did you dream that?!
 

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#8
No you won't you dick.

But it's probably true that if you sit in Waterloo station long enough, you'll see everyone you ever knew.
I defer to your superior knowledge of Waterloo Station. A piss stinking south London shithole that I avoid unless I have business down Hampton Court. Where I own a pub. I do this once a year. With the accountant. Then I find an excuse to fuck off back north to civilisation.

Can one still buy flowers outside of Waterloo station? Or has the old Pikey criminal cunt who used to flog them finally succumbed to cancer? I heard he had.

"If you sit by the river long enough you will see the body of your enemy float by".
 
#11
When I visited Ho Chi Minhs gaf last year I was introduced to an ancient bloke who said he was a mate of Ho Ch Minh. At least that what I thought he said. However LBFM said that the bloke said that he was a mate of a mate of a mate of Ho Chi Minh. So it was all bollocks really. If you do the math it turns out that I have a 1 in 5000 chance of catching herpes.
 

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#13
Well Euston would be my first port of call, although certainly not on an architectural basis.
I was walking past St. Pancreas Station just the other day when I looked up and thought "You look familiar". Then I released I built the bastard.

Memory can play tricks, eh?
 
#15
I defer to your superior knowledge of Waterloo Station. A piss stinking south London shithole that I avoid unless I have business down Hampton Court. Where I own a pub. I do this once a year. With the accountant. Then I find an excuse to fuck off back north to civilisation.

Can one still buy flowers outside of Waterloo station? Or has the old Pikey criminal cunt who used to flog them finally succumbed to cancer? I heard he had.

"If you sit by the river long enough you will see the body of your enemy float by".
Sounds like you're on about Buster Edwards the ex Great Train Robber. He ran a Flower barrow outside Waterloo until around 1994 when he went and hung himself from a girder in a lock up garage down the Lambeth Road. The law were investigating him for fraud IIRC.
 
#16
No you won't you dick.

But it's probably true that if you sit in Waterloo station long enough, you'll see everyone you ever knew. There's also a mathematical thing about being so many handshakes from the US President. If you shake hands with a thousand people in your life who shook hands with a thousand people.... etc.. I am 2 handshakes away because I shook hands with a man who shook hands with Norman Swartzkopf. I think the maths is 5.
I'm only one handshake away from Obama at least 8 times, and Nixon, JFK, Churchill, de Gaulle ....

Unfortunately my close encounter at Waterloo was Mike Tierney .... and dog.
 
#17
I defer to your superior knowledge of Waterloo Station. A piss stinking south London shithole that I avoid unless I have business down Hampton Court. Where I own a pub. I do this once a year. With the accountant. Then I find an excuse to fuck off back north to civilisation.

Can one still buy flowers outside of Waterloo station? Or has the old Pikey criminal cunt who used to flog them finally succumbed to cancer? I heard he had.

"If you sit by the river long enough you will see the body of your enemy float by".


Don't give flowers to your accountant Dukey. He'll just find a way of claiming them against his own tax liability.
 
#18
In Moscow, went for a drink with a mate who was at the embassy. He brought along on of the other brits from the section and he was someone I'd been at Junior school with

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#19
Drivers Log, and TheIronDuke, you are both wrong; the correct quote is;

'If you stand in Piccadily Circus for more then five minutes, you will meet someone you owe money to.'
 
#20
I was walking past St. Pancreas Station just the other day when I looked up and thought "You look familiar". Then I released I built the bastard.

Memory can play tricks, eh?


Small world, I was Graduate Project Manager for the company doing the glass roof.
 
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