Nostalgia aint what it used to be!

old_fat_and_hairy

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#1
This may have been done before, but frankly I don't know. I was in the 'NAAFI' shop today (actually a bloody Spar shop) and was hit by a wave of nostalgia. It's usually nausea, but today was different.
Do any of you more mature serving and ex serrving have happy memories of Naafi shops of yore? Or, what do you miss from your past, in any form?

From my past, I miss my mind and sex life. From NAAFi shop, silly things such as 'training pamphlets', Commando comics, and those sort of things.
J.T.Edson books, Sven Hassel books and a certain sort of cornish pasty that was guaranteed to clear a hangover.
 
#2
Oddly, I miss the smell of an armoury. Strange, I know, but there it is.

Bratty and chips and those Schell Imbiss kebabs with garlic sauce.

Waking up in the morning knowing I was going to a job I enjoyed with people who shared the same 'get-it-done' attitude and weren't working with one eye constantly glued to the clock.

And, of course, the smell of napalm in the morning. Nothing in the world smells like that.
 

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#3
In my barracks, t'was the smell of feet in the morning!

Napalm would have been much nicer.
 

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#4
Oh armoury smells, you just can't beat them.
 
#5
A cheese and onion sandwich at NAAFI break and a steaming hot cup of tea.
 

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#6
The NAAFi at Trenchard Bks in Celle used to do a peculiar orange squash, with a bizarre taste to it, but that went down well with cheese and onion sandwiches..
 
#7
On a run back in to Airport camp, hanging out of your arse to be welcomed to a lung full of the swamp. Same smell as your sh!t in the morning after drinking 'Belikin belly' beer.
 
#8
I miss being a young fit girl, being a firefighter I used to climb into small spaces to fight flames, well actually my mates used to stick me in the holes to do the job.. :oops: but alas now I'd bung those holes up :cry:
 

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I miss climbing into small spaces too! But probably for very different reasons. I was never a fit young girl.
 
#10
I miss being able to fit a half pint glass through the grille and under the beer tap in the naafi bar when they closed after "liquid lunches".
 

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Yes, me too. And I miss being canteen cowboy on a New Years Eve, when entire Bn confined to camp, and I was ordered to close NAAFI bar at 10pm! Was good practice for future tours in NI.
 

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#13
That stuff they used to put in tea to stop one getting an erection has started working now.
 
#14
Nestea out of a compo pack, brewed in a mess tin, and infused with the smell/taste of hexy. Unspeakable under any other circumstance, but pure heaven on a freezing morning in the middle of Soltau.

Oh, and sweetened with some of that fantastic condensed milk in a tube. Great in it's own right for keeping you going on ambushes..........or spread on an oatmeal block.

Who said field rations have improved?
 
#15
GARIBOLDI BISCUITS IN THE GS RAT PACK (THE SOFT ONES NOT THE CRAPPY BISCUITS FRUIT IN THE NEW REA PACK)
ON A DIFFRENT POINT , REMEMBER THE TWO MAN RAT PACKS, WITH THE CIVVY BRANDS IN IT.
 
#16
Cheese burgers in the LAD in Lothian Brks Detmold, made all the better by the lovelies cooking them.
Bratty and chips
Gyros meat and chips
Frikadella and chips
Well, I think you are getting the mesaage.
Smell of breakfast cooked by the loader in the dark when your still half a kip on the back decks.
 
#18
The polish used on the Guardroom floor. And the buffer I used to shine it with on many occassions!!!
 

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#19
The sweet and sensual scent of compo egg and bacon ( for the children here, it was all mixed together in a tin), sizzling on a gaz cooker, complimented by the deft aroma of deisel, all combining to make that most fragrant of moments; EndEx!
 
#20
old_fat_and_hairy said:
I miss climbing into small spaces too! But probably for very different reasons. I was never a fit young girl.
haha bet you were a fit young boy who played with fit young girls???

I miss the friends I made 25 years ago and forgot to keep in touch with most of them.... Hey OFAH does that put us in the same time zone? or are you really still a young thing??
 

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