Over the years I've trialled a number of different styles of underpant on exercise and operations, finally settling on some very nice fake Calvin Klein 'trunks' which the lovely Mrs chickenpunk bought me in Ludlow market: very good value at Â£1 per pack of three. Having said that, the sad fact is that whatever style I wear, within a few days of deployment they're always in the same state: the gusset looks like the starting grid at Brands Hatch whilst the front is a lurid crunchy yellow. After a week or so of wear, these are generally consigned to the bottom of the bergan, where they lie - occasionally growling irritably - until the end of the exercise or deployment. What style of pants are favoured by ARRSErs? I was taken aback whilst on Saif Sareea a couple of years back to see a number of thongs hanging up amongst the washing in the sleeps area at Div HQ and, while I applaud the spirit of the plucky young ladies wearing them, it struck me that the 'string' bit must get pretty ripe, particularly in the desert heat. I wondered whether it might actually be possible to brew a variety of 'beef tea' from them. Thoughts anyone?