Discussion in 'Gunners' started by goatbagthedruid, Apr 14, 2009.

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  1. Role model

  2. Should be banned

  1. Having just re-read "Flashman in the Great Game" by George MacDonald Fraser (GMF), I came across a parargrapgh which I had heard about as urban myth (in the Horse Artillery world) but it is actually true and I would appreciate further clarification.

    Harry Paget Flashman had just escaped the massacre following the withdrawal from Cawnpore and after getting to Lucknow and relative safety. He then "volunteered" to escort Kavanaugh, an Irish guide who knew the area, to bring the relief force in. Whilst escorting the guide, they were walking through a melon patch, Dilkoosha Park and a swamp where they happened across a house. In the house was a charming little girl who gave him some information. I will now quote GMF from Flashman in the Great Game ((C) GMF 1975).

    "You are very wet, big man . Why not come in and rest, while you dry your clothes? Only five rupees."

    By George, thinks I, why not? I was tired, and sick, and it had been the deuce of a long time, what with sieges and cholera and daft Irishmen falling into bogs; this was just the tonic I needed, so I scrambled up, and there she was, all chubby and brown and shiny, giggleing in her charpoy and shaking her bouncers at me. I seized hold, nearly crying at this unexpected windfall, and in a twinkling was marching her round the room, horse artillery fashion, while she squeaked and protested that for five rupees I shouldn't be so impatient.

    I would have written to GMF but unfortunately he passed away last year (His obituary from the Times) soi I call upon all Gunner ARRSErs to assist in defining it.

  2. Early doors with the poll and already we have a dipstick saying that Flashman should be banned - is that not akin to heresy!

  3. Ban the blackheart!!..... His treatment of Tom Brown during his schooldays at Rugby was unacceptable and cruel. To try and force those young boys into fagging for him was cowardly. As for the roasting of poor Brown, surely Dr Arnold the headmaster, took far too long to send him down the rotter....Let us not make the same mistake gentlemen!! :p :p
  4. Flashman should be revered as all that true and wholesome about the British Fighting Man

  5. Is that the musical ride?
  6. FN,

    Not sure but it was probably quite long and hard, much like the musical ride!

  7. I tried doing girls in a Horse Artillery Fashion once, so I will explain......

    Bit rude for an open forum, but feel free to PM me.

    The only thing I would say, is that they usually get a bitt miffed when you attach the 13 pounder, whack 'em wit a rideing crop and shout "yah, mule, yah, yah".
  8. Although you could caveat a "Role Model" vote with the proviso that som eof his exploits certainly wouldn't be allowed in this day and age...in general though he is a legend.
  9. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Not the ones I know :D


    Ponygirls ya gotta love em.
  10. PM sent Chocolate Frog
  11. Lads, lads, lads.

    Stop with the perving already.

    And to the large number of those who have PM'd me making enquiries on "Horse Arillery Fashion" I don't actually know how to do it....


    Other than attaching 13 pounders to them that is.
  12. Weren't allowed then either old chap - it's just a matter of bluffing and not getting caught 8)