pull up a sand bag. Around about '87 or '88 there was an purple exercise on Ascension - does anyone remember the point of the exercise? i heard it was about getting the SA govt out etc etc during the end of apartheid. Everyone and i mean everyone was there, paras, pioneers, engineers, them, RAF, RN. It was a paid vacation from our end 2 weeks of sun sea and piracy. So if anyone remembers the point of the exercise and had a different experience i would love to hear it.