In the course of one of my occasional forays onto this site (okay, so I do get hopelessly bored with my barrier duties), it occurred to me that, for an 'army rumour service', ARRSE is high on humour and decidely light on, well, rumour. Don't get me wrong. When it comes to trivial stuff (e.g. what cufflinks are de rigueur in the mess, the weight of Blessed Baby Cakes' next offspring or how often Lord Flasheart changes his colostomy appliance), the site is truly remarkable. Look beyond the apparently underemployed and overbearing clique who seem to dominate this site, however, and you will see that the really weighty rumours originate from that much-ARRSE-pilloried establishment, the press. This is the same press that many self-important ARRSErs have become so comically paranoid about. Post 1: "Would anyone care to speculate on when our troops might be withdrawn from Iraq?" Post 2: "Fcuk of journo." Truth be known, any journo worth his salt is going to head straight for his contacts in Whitehall, rather than wading through the crud here, on the off chance of discovering a Pulitzer Prize-winning gem (or, in the case of the red tops, they'll just make it up). Posters on ARRSE are constrained from publishing any rumour of any real import, by opsec and persec (or by the mods) or, in the case of the over-represented veteran community, by a lack of any current inside knowledge. Frankly, if you want real army rumours, stick with the Sunday papers.