I remember the asparagus incident well. It was in the pre-BATUS training exercise at SLTA. He was disciplined for drinking on an RAF aircraft - on the way back from BATUS. His real crime was to give an interview to a Sunday tabloid over the LOA reductions announced by the BBC. The words that damned him were "If I was CGS I would resign."I was there when he took his Regiment through the alleged fields of asparagus. Superb officer, by all accounts. Following a reduction in LOA/exhange rate, he drafted a template for his lads to use to complain to their MPs.
On Ex you'd hear him on the 'net , in the voice of Garth on steroids "all c/s, this is Sunray. move to Grid AB123456..... BATCO?.... I don't give a **** about BATCO!" "Get those small c/s out of my way..." then at night they'd be a huge banging on the back door - a midget with a bottle of something nice "Engrs? Good blokes - have a drink".
I recall the 17/21L battlegroup as having a very slick and secure radio procedure. There was a battlegroup orders card with two numbers standing in for a standard line of orders. All transmitted in crapco in about one minute flat you had a comprehensive set of orders for a battlegroup attack. All you would hear was "Settings 4D - LF - CM...Any Questions" They could mount a BG attack in about 45 mins and Company Squadron groups in 20 mins. He had a good recce troop leader - James Everard.