On 7th July this year at 0720CET, I took the ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich. Behind me on the boat was a blonde bird in her early 20s, driving a metallic powder blue New Beetle. This had a tax-exempt tax disc in the window. "Aha", thinks I, "She's Army and stationed in Boxheadland". Now, most Brits and Dutchies won't know what that funny tax disc means, and you have to have it, so it's unavoidable. What was a HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE giveaway however was the brown Manila envelope on the kit in the back, clearly facing backwards, addressed to "Capt XXXXXXX, such-and-such-a-unit". Since I was behind her in the queue for check-in, I saw this plainly. Talk about giving the game away! It's almost as bad as the old US Forces Germany habit of using US-style numberplates, and then telling them to keep their tyres fully inflated to avoid looking non-German (I sh1t ye not - mrs stoat used to listen to this stuff on US forces radio when her old man was stationed over there). If you were the blonde in that car, you were spotted, and if I were otherwise inclined I could have done nasty things to you.