Eccles The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters were formed in February 1970; 2 years and 1 month later they were part of 8 Infantry Brigade in Londonderry. Battlesbury Barracks must have seemed a world away from the Bogside, Creggan, Waterside, Masonic Carpark et al. In April, a 21 year-old Private from the Battalion was shot dead on Foyle Road in Brandywell. As some will no doubt remember, riot control duties were being undertaken at the time without much in the way of proper public order gear (think wads of newspaper stuck in denims). Hour Of course, on the other side of the continent, Elena Ceausescu was only a few months away from being 'elected' to the Central Committee of the Romania Communist Party. The very next year (1973) she became a full member of the Politburo. Around this time of course, bloody '72 had drawn to close, the IRA having failed to dislodge the British army by force of arms. Unpleasant Fast forward to 2004. A tented transit and reception camp within Shaibah Logistic Base, a short distance away from the city of Basra. A cohort of recently arrived TA and reservists and sweating away and drinking copious amounts of water, having only arrived in theatre a few days before. The news arrives of the death of a Black Watch soldier, killed by an IED somewhere to the North whilst in support of US operations in Fallujah. This conicided with the re-launch of the 'Top 10 at 10' on BFBS Iraq and various sub-units and individuals started submitting music requests to the radio staff at the welfare village. A long way from post-Socialist Bucharest, that's for sure. Antics Now, the heart of the matter. I know that it goes against the zeitgeist somewhat to make mention of places / events like Carrickovaddy, Droppin Well, Oldpark, Cullyhanna, East Disbury, Andersontown etc. What matters, however, is the response that we give to such situation. And THAT is perhaps what has gone wrong in recent times. Hope everyone who is deployed at the moment has a peaceful Christmas and gets home safely.