See? That's what happens when squaddies get issued Mickey Mouse guns. If he'd had an SLR, he could've dealt out a few swift butt-strokes and been back in position with an innocent look on his grid before they even hit the deck.
I hope that someone in a Guards regiment, with all the tradition that has to be upheld, would not be disturbed by an idiot or two making silly comments. Surely there is a procedure (there is for everything else) if you need to visit the lavatory. Perhaps a swift turn with a stamp down on the miscreants foot and march off might be in order.
The coolest thing I've seen at Horse Guards (apart from every parade etc) was a guy on his horse ride out in to the road to stop an american tourist getting out of his taxi; the horse was right up against the door and the taxi driver was trying to stop said tourist but yankee boy was determined. Apparently there is a by-law that forbids people getting out of a vehicle infront of the gates.
Seem to remember thousands of years ago when sentries used to march up and down outside of railings,some idiots used to delight in standing directly in front of patrolling sentries.One sentry eventually kicked one idiot out of the way with a highly polished size 10 ammo boot.I believe he was charged for this,newspapers got hold of story,published it and he received that much money from Joe Public that he bought a car.Nice one.
1. You can't be outside Whitehall, it is a street not a building
2. The Guard at Whitehall is HCR and the foot sentry is armed with a sword.
3. Although the LG element wear red tunics the Breastplate and big shiney helmet would be more visible as would the four foot long boots
4. The only place anyone would get near a Foot Guard would be St James' (do they still mount Guard there?)
5. People take the p1ss all the time I doubt the guys would even notice unless it was one of the many ladies who want to 'bag' a Guardsman.
I was in central london earlier in the week with a group of foreign tourists and everyone wanted their pic taken with one of the Household Guards outside Whitehall. Whilst we were queuing and seeing everyone having their pics taken there were a group of english lads milling around and they kept going up to the side of the guards in the red-tunics etc, standing next to them and saying stuff like,
"I bet you really really need a wee mate, don't you!"
"How bad are you dying for a p**s, mate?"
"I'll bet you a fiver you wet yourself standing here!"
and lots more (and worse!)
The guard just stood there staring ahead of him although once or twice I saw his eyes flicker in the direction of the yobbish lads. After a few minutes the lads ran off calling out stuff about "we'll be back to see the puddle" and stuff like that and laughing their heads off.
I can't tell you how much I wanted the guard to suddenly leap into action and stick his bayonet somewhere unpleasant. I wonder how the lads would have reacted then?
It got me thinking about how often these military lads have to put up with stuff like this?
Depending on how close said chav was, one foot forward and rifle thrust in their direction accompanied by the loudest war cry in history might well have sorted the situation, would also be funny to see said scotes jump in terror!
Hang on. Are we all talking about the same thing here?
I took it that this lad was talking about the guys who cover the Horse Guards Gate IN Whitehall. I've never seen the Foot Guards man the gate so I am slightly confused about your comment London Tankie.
The original post link doesn't mention Foot Guards...
Dazmart that's what I meant by the foot sentry at Whitehall. I know of occasions where they have tripped people off their bikes with their scabbard as you can not ride anything through the arch without a special pass as it is the official entrance to what used to be the grounds of Buckinham Palace.