retired SAS colonel sleeping rough

#2
I know it's the mail and in the wrong forum but, was he colonel of them?
 

jim24

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#3
I know it's the mail and in the wrong forum but, was he colonel of them?

If you read it you'll see I'm merely quoting him, and yes I should have put it in Current affairs, but I'm having a slight problem with the site today, keeps recycling the pages and stopping where it likes
 

Mr Happy

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#6
he is ex THEM, but wasn't a Col there. IIRC wasn't he invited back at least once, so probably a Sqn cmdr. So I assume post Telic a THEM CO posting could have been on his cards. Its in his book.
 

TheIronDuke

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#7
That old addage why let the truth get in the way of a good Headline, No he was not is the answer to your question.
Quote..."My own regiment, the Royal Irish..."

Given that this is the Daily Mail I am astonished he is not Darth Vader.
 
#8
he is ex THEM, but wasn't a Col there. IIRC wasn't he invited back at least once, so probably a Sqn cmdr. So I assume post Telic a THEM CO posting could have been on his cards. Its in his book.
Aren't the funny looking para wings a dead giveaway for members of such a secret organisation?
 
#10
he is ex THEM, but wasn't a Col there. IIRC wasn't he invited back at least once, so probably a Sqn cmdr. So I assume post Telic a THEM CO posting could have been on his cards. Its in his book.
He was Regimental Ops Offr - if he was also a Sqn Comd I'm sure it would have been in his book - which I haven't read.
 

udipur

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#11
Typically misleading headline but it is the mail.

No doubt there will be chatter (amongst the chattering classes) about how many servicemen there are living rough and their struggles to rehabilitate into civilian life. Thankfully, it's just not true any more.

It is understood that only 6% of homeless folk in London are ex-servicemen and women, thanks a lot to the efforts of Veterans' Aid.

Good for Col Collins that he's doing it and if the media want to get their facts wrong to pump up the message, something tells me it won't be the last time.
 
#12
Good for Col Collins that he's doing it
I would like to think that his motives were pure but I doubt it. His chosen career path is media whore after all.
 
#13
I would like to think that his motives were pure but I doubt it. His chosen career path is media whore after all.
Easy to admire the man, by all acounts hard to like him. Credit where it's due though. Whether by design or by accident, if it raises awareness and helps in any way, surely that in itself can only be a good thing?
 
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Snoreador

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#14
I just saw the trailer for this on the BBC and it looked like typical spun BBC shite. However, it didn't mention Tim Collins' involvement at all; I shall give it a watch.
 
#15
Never seen anyone roughing it with a sleeping bag.
Really? I've seen quite a few; maybe we just have a better class of tramp... mind you, a leather jacket like that?
 
#16
Easy to admire the man, by all acounts hard to like him. Credit where it's due though. Whether by design or by accident, if it raises awareness and helps in any way, surely that in itself can only be a good thing?
I don't disagree with you.
 

skid2

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#17
Now now, Timmy said he served with them while he was in Iraq. They were in Iraq, he was in Iraq.......therefore he served alongside them.

I bet he's not in a sleeping bag in Sandy Row.
 
#18
Really? I've seen quite a few; maybe we just have a better class of tramp... mind you, a leather jacket like that?
Agreed seen a lot with doss bags, Salvation Army was handing them out a while ago. As to leather jacket we had a tramp used to sleep in the cardboard skip at work with a full length SS style trench coat. We used to call him "Herr Flick".
 
#19
Don't know if any of you saw my thread in the NAAFI looking for somebody to claim an alcoholic, homeless ex-Para?

Couldn't confirm if he had been in the Para's right enough but the guy was wasted and chatting away. He talked about being in countries abroad and meeting locals and stuff, just loads of tales - not really anything about fighting or being a hard man. He told me he'd been in the Paras, had done 14 years in the army altogether. He made a little allusion to 'them' with a pause and a "can't really talk about that bit, though".

Could have been anything...the guy WAS fit as fcuk for an old homeless alcoholic. Could give him that.
 
#20
Have to say I'm looking forward to this Panorama: Forgotten Heroes episode, just a shame at that time I'll be a flight to India for a month, should be able to catch up via youtube :)
 
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