Guess what I saw yesterday? a dozen or so SMLEs. Recognised them straight away from my CCF days over half a century ago. Ours all had 1917 or so stamped under the bolt. Guess where I saw them? The Royal Albert Hall. The 'soldiers' in the current production of Carmen were toting them about (also the same bods as 'smugglers' in Act 3). Arms drill, particularly the Order Arms, was rubbish though - obviously nobody thought to ring up the Guards and ak them to send someone along to set these chorus boys up.