I remember getting stitched up big time as a very junior Sgt - tasked with arranging a dinner night - infact my first ever mess function.
One of the senior WO's said for me to print off a page or seven of mess rules and traditions for each person attending the function (miss no one out he said) - you know the stuff - pass the port this way or that way, the bottle must not leave the table blah blah blah.
Anyway I print it off and as instructed put one in every attendees mail box.............
Gripped by several senior members and even more senior guests each pointing out that they had been in the mess longer than I had been alive and that they didn't need my handy work.
Lesson learnt, never trusted that particular WO (now commisioned) ever again.
What is mess life like today? Does all the business still get done on a friday afternoon? Are ladies banned from the bar? Are honorary members still permitted under the same conditions? I left the mess in 1994 and hardly ever go to formal clubs.