I reckon that I have pumped almost Â£5k into messes over the last 20 years - that sum is based on an average of about Â£20 a month before you even step foot in the mess - and that is a low estimate. The messes should be absolutely fantatstic if all offrs are pumping that sort of cash into them. Most messes are reasonably good, buI have to say that they do not, by and large, reflect that type of huge cash injection on them - why? Short-term planning, CO's egos, poor management? It seems to me that cash is poorly invested in the mess.