RAF are "Soulless Killing Machines"

#1
As if my life isn't sad enough, I was clearing out old e-mails the other night and found myself reading the synopsis from one of last week's episodes of the Archers (my wife's the fan...no really) and was astounded to read this:

Date: 13/7/2007

Synopsis:
Alice and Amy have a clash of opinions when, on a shopping trip, they see the RAF handing out information about joining the forces. Alice is interested – although Amy insists that the RAF are just soulless killing machines.


I think that Amy may be a little over the top - I suppose its better than being called "Utterly Useless."

I'll have to try and live up to this "Soulless Killer" lifestyle next time I get to fire my 15 rounds down at the 25m range - I may even get some on target. As a first step, I'll have to try and stop dropping too many pencils.

I wonder if this is the start of a new storyline - or even a spin-off? Alice joins the RAF as an Engineering Officer, Sid Perks becomes a Harrier mate and Eddie Grundy takes over as CAS.
 
#2
Souless? Yup. You ever been into a Crab Mess? More atmosphere on the moon and more culture in a pot of yoghurt........
 
#3
But it's all going to backfire , cos Alice is going to join as an engineering orifice....ooops, did just say that out loud!
 
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#4
I misread the title, thinking that standards had dropped in the Malc, and some blunty was moaning about 'soul-less vending machines'.
 
#5
'Soulless Killing Machines' is a bit harsh. I don't think we have a single 'killing machine' in the whole force. We do, however, sell our souls to Beelzebub on joining up.
 
#6
Beelzubub has wised up and is selling them on as a job-lot on e-bay.
 
#7
I think she might mean in the Bomber-Harris-Thousand-Plane-Raids-Dropping-Million-Tonnes-Of-Incendury-Bombs-On-Dresden sort of way. Not in the Poncing-About-In-A-5-Star-Hotel-Eating-Foirs-Grais sort of way.

Still, if thats how Joe Public sees you then so be it.
 
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#8
Souless Killing Machines or Fashion icons...really can't see them managing both....
 
#9
Deleted 20555 said:
Souless Killing Machines or Fashion icons...really can't see them managing both....
Or either, frankly. :)
 

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#10
What the 'A' list boys are wearing around Dresden! Soulless is the new black. Deadly on the catwalk, they show no mercy to hacks!
 
#12
bobath said:
I think she might mean in the Bomber-Harris-Thousand-Plane-Raids-Dropping-Million-Tonnes-Of-Incendury-Bombs-On-Dresden sort of way. Not in the Poncing-About-In-A-5-Star-Hotel-Eating-Foirs-Grais sort of way.
Bugger, I was booked in for my annual 2 day "Ponsing About" refresher course.

I'm pretty sure this is the first soap opera to show distain towards Bomber Harris I think the rumours of Alf Roberts having a pop at Harris' bomber offensive whilst supping a pint of mild in the Rovers back in the mid 70s are unfounded.
 
#13
Bat_Crab said:
'Soulless Killing Machines' is a bit harsh. I don't think we have a single 'killing machine' in the whole force. We do, however, sell our souls to Beelzebub on joining up.
Dunno about that. Almost 10 years on I still have nightmares about a P&A clerk in Leuchars who looked like he liked his women like he liked his coffee... ground up and in the freezer.
 
#14
12 years service in the RAF and not a single day spent in a 5 star hotel. :(

I knew I should have stayed in the Army. :D
 
#15
they do a nice line in rugby shirts and slacks ideal for cleaning a triumph stag in :twisted:
 
#16
More developments as Alice sees the light and does the decent thing...

Thu 19: Not the smoothest party

As they get to the end of the party, Pat asks Alice what her plans are after her gap year, and Alice announces that she’s planning on joining the RAF. There is a stunned silence, and Jennifer is disbelieving. Then Lilian weighs in on the positive side – her first husband was in the Canadian Air Force. All that lovely testosterone!


I think he brother, Adam, is a bit concerned that she won't be able to handle the discipline. On the downside, I think she's going to apply as an Engineering Officer. Hopefully we won't have contracted out all of out maintenance to BAeS by the time she graduates...
 
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TJPANDV said:
More developments as Alice sees the light and does the decent thing...

Thu 19: Not the smoothest party

As they get to the end of the party, Pat asks Alice what her plans are after her gap year, and Alice announces that she’s planning on joining the RAF. There is a stunned silence, and Jennifer is disbelieving. Then Lilian weighs in on the positive side – her first husband was in the Canadian Air Force. All that lovely testosterone!


I think he brother, Adam, is a bit concerned that she won't be able to handle the discipline. On the downside, I think she's going to apply as an Engineering Officer. Hopefully we won't have contracted out all of out maintenance to BAeS by the time she graduates...
Sorry since the scandal on the phone lines issue, the Beeb, have reflected on Alice's future. Apparently "she's going down 'on' Christopher Robin or did they mean 'with'.... Anyway he a Guards wallah and allowing for our Commonwealth brethern from the Carribean, apparently this chap is involved in the changing of the Guard.
 
#18
I think that "Souless" is a bit Harsh. Although I have to saw the Royal Air Force is definately lacking in the kind of TONE that Antphillip brings to a event!
 
#19
Pi$$ taking aside - this is a BBC means of undermining the Forces as a whole surely and damaging recruitment - as previous posts have identified - there is little basis in fact in the storyline but it will be allowed to stand becaue if anybody complains some comedian will say that it was 'Editorially justified/put in to provoke thought'.

W&nk and the fcuker who came out with the storyline should be shipped off to a bombing range.
 
#20
Well, on tonight's episode, Alice went to the CIO for her initial interview for an Engineering Bursary. The Flt Lt recruiter came over as a bit dull and lifeless - I hope that's a HUGE error on the BBC's part...I may have to write in and complain.

Alice will has some studying to do before her interviews in August. She's got to learn about the history of the RAF for one - and that's bound to take out a big chunk of her summer holidays.

No mention of the tricky stuff (as yet) - what to do if you drop a pencil or how much to tip the bellboy in a Vegas Hotel (why dig in when you can check in?).

Stay tuned for more herioc tales of the Archers Vs the Eng Branch...
 

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