I finish work quite late (me being a sloppo these days) and popped into the barrels in Hereford for a quick pint although coming up last orders. Sat with a mate of mine was a geezer who asked where I worked and said that he usually goes there after doing the 'mud run'...fairynuff...'I do a lot of running as I'm ex 2 Para' he continues. Right, a fellow ex serviceman, bearing in mind I'm sat there with my veterans badge on my coat, so I engage in a bit of convo with him. "waffle waffle blaa fucking blah"......'Oh that's nice, I'm an ex Crab' I says. "what's a crab? I've heard of crap hat but not crab" 'Seriously? How long was you a Para?' "14 years, 6 tours of Ireland, 3 tours of Bosnia, 2 tours of Iraq and 3 tours of Afghan" 'Well without crabs you wouldn't be a Para' "?????" 'RAF? Crab Air? Really?' "what brought you to Hereford?" he asks me 'I just ended up here through work, are you a 'fordian?' I reply "yep, Aldershot, Colchester, Winchester then back here, full circle!" 'Oh right, my dad's ex army, he was a sapper' " I know all about that as I was an assault engineer, know's all about explosives and demolitions I do!" 'Were you a wedgie then?' I asks "No, only 2 Para but we are all trained as assault engineers, can I pinch a rizzla?" 'Yep, take it over there and roll your fag!' There were quite a few serving and ex blades in close proximity and puzzled glances all round. Just a couple of questions though. Does any Para not know what a crab is? (I think not, knew he was a walty fucker as soon as he asked what a crab was) and do para's train in demolitions or is that left to the boys who wear maroon berets with the RE badge?