Not for the first time an alumni of S Branch has ended up with a colostomy bag. According to one contributor, this unfortunate life-changing experience presents some unusual opportunities and benefits. Whilst still stuck with all my colon myself, I thought it might be helpful to kick off a list some of those "left field" spin-offs, as it seems to be having a positive impact on TTP. I'd ;like to start the list off, but am hoping that we can harness the power of the forum to achieve maximum "benefit realisation" in terms of "Transformational Government" . Who knows there may even be a GEMS award, EPRSC or European Union funding suggestion lurking amongst us, ? 1. No undignified squatting. 2. Improved local situational awareness 3. No need for clingfilm in OP 4. Logisitics overhead reduced as loo paper is eliminated from OP packing list. 5. More time avilable of eyes-on target 6. Subject to ROE and Legal advice, used colostomy bags available as close-quarter, non-lethal effector. 7. When used with tamper-evident seal, colostomy-bag sterile wrappers can be used to preserve evidence recovered during CTRs. 8. Can be used to carry water in a combat survival situation. 9. Save the environment by using a colostomy bag when you pick up a quarter of lemon sherberts from the sweet shop. 10. Can be used as FFD for a sucking chest wound. 11. Filled with straw or shredding it can make a handy sit-mat or pillow in the field. 12. Filled with sand or polystyrene granules it will act as a handy support for a telephoto lens. 13. Provides an interesting ice breaker at North London dinner parties.