Our friends the Russians - seriously!

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  1. Nice to see these articles on Russian News websites about the ceremony held on board HMS Belfast yesterday to honour the Arctic convoys. It was presided over by Lord West of Spithead, the former First Sea Lord:ITV covered it here:The BBC didn't mention it at all.

    We can also thank the Russians for keeping HMS Belfast afloat on the Thames:
     
  2. Nice articles, Putins Dad was a Marine and wounded at Leningrad iirc.
     
  3. I salute to those who are brave in protecting the welfare of the people [​IMG]
     
  4. Actually it was a Udaloy class destroyer, not a battleship, but Defence doesn't seem to be the media's strong point these days.

    Also published this week:

     
  5. I have the book about Russia one of the Dimbleby brothers wrote nocking around here somewhere. He met a Russian veteran while in Murmansk who only had nice things to say about GB. His last dream was to go with some of his fellow veterans to parade past the cenotaph to pay their respects one November 11th but apparently our government told them to get fucked (or words to that effect). Personally I tend to like Russians. I have worked with many of them in the past few years and if you know how to take them they mostly seem a good crowd.
     
  6. I concur, although you do need a cast iron liver to survive the encounters with them.
     
  7. Yay I knew this day would come where our Russia comrades save us from the evil Jews.

    I for one welcome our Russian overlords and will help them find anyone working against the new regime.

    Wonder if America will get jealous of our new special relationship and try and bribe us with cheap aircraft and shiny things?
     
  8. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    **** the Russians.
     
  9. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Sorry had enough dealings with Russians before and after the great awakening to know I want absolutely nothing to do with them or their culture - if you can call it that.
     
  10. I'm waiting for either China or Indonesia to do the same to us. I'm just torn between which language to learn so I can converse with our new masters.
     
  11. As people, I reckon the Russians aren't too shabby. Politics well that's different. Soon after the wall came down in Berlin a couple of us took a van fitted out with beds up to Rostock. A kind of eastie beastie Baltic jolly just to have a look. At some stage on the way up or back we passed through Colditz. Having a few beers and a BBQ up in Rostock we heard loud singing so Trem decides we'd have a look. They're Russians, said my oppo. Good, says I, let's take some beers. So we did, we walked in to their Pub and being half cut we chucked up our arms and said we're Brits, are you Russian? Have a beer. Gobsmacked is a good word. It turned out alright. There was bread and strong mustard stuff with pickles. They were pretty friendly, and trying their English. True dit.

    Fast forward twenty three years and it's Russian builders in Afghanistan. Working with the Brits and Septics, and in management teams. They're a bit pushy and aggressive, but they're outgoing decent blokes if you know how to go on with them. This crew were pretty clear they were from the old country, and they are "russians". "**** Gorbachev, he sold us out". Problem was, socialising with them meant more mustard and pickles. No booze allowed on base in AFGN but if they had the chance...and the women, if I had my chance ;)
     
  12. Be fair they did (inadvertantly) keep a lot of us in Beer and Bratty land during the cold war
     
  13. How did a thread about remembering the Arctic Convoys in WWII come to this?
     
  14. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    I've had a few dealings with the Russians. They throw a good party.

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