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Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by roobie, Aug 17, 2011.

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  1. 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).


    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.


    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.


    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.
  2. I give in,what the fuck are you on about?
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  3. Broadsword calling Danny Boy...
  4. Atfter reading that my first instinct was WTF...So i re read it slowly and now im thinking WTF!!!!!!!! knob!!!!

    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer

    Kin'ell - I'm off to the stereotype thread with my new discovery.
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  6. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    I've already mentioned him on that thread.
  7. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

  8. Did he apologise to Tim?
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  9. feck off tierney portsmouth wont hide me on that
  10. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    I think he wanted an apology for Tim whoever the fuck Tim is.

    Class B drug user I'll be bound.
  11. So what was number one of BFBS' top ten at ten?

    It must have been 'These Words' by Natasha Beddingfield, they played it every fucking ten minutes for most of the summer. In between messages from Loggies whinging about shite Shibiza was.
  12. There is no spoon!!
  13. Easy folks, I think I'm with him here!

    Advancing years (like mine) do this to you. If "roobie" remembers Ebrington Barracks in 1970 or thereabouts (8 Bde HQ for those outside the circle), AND the Droppin Well he would have spent many wonderful nights and days admiring the scenery of Northern Ireland (probably getting very wet while savouring many egg banjos in the interim). Many unpleasant things happened in the years between. The "Woofers", and all those others of many units, were our shield. Do not mock him.

    He would weep if he saw how those old Victorian buildings in Ebrington Barracks have been treated.
  14. I was watching a news item the other week on the new footbridge over the Foyle and could see Ebrington Bks in the background. Memories abound.

    Punch I hope you jest about the old Victorian Buildings. They had a fair bit of money spent on them in the late 70s early 80s.
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  15. Sorry Wheel, all you saw was a few structures (the old Officers Mess is one - it probably had protected building status) which I understand are being converted into bars and clubs for the benefit of the young. All the old barrack blocks on the upper part are gone. I was there last Sept (and will be there in a few weeks) and took a few photographs. You may recollect that you once could not see much from across the river because of the security screens on the lower part of the Drill Square (towards the river). They have of course gone. The building to the left of the (original Victorian) entrance on to the Limavady Road was still standing - probably also a Listed Building. ( I remember RMP in this before the move to Clooney). The entrances from Browning Drive were later developments. All those classic accommodation blocks with their names from British maritime history (Benbow, Raleigh et al) are now infill in some building site. ( Part of Raleigh Block was still standing last Sept but is probably gone by now. The vandals who run the place now would like to build a road through it!

    It could have been a superb museum and visitor centre. It saw the growth of Empire and Commonwealth, army and naval, and Irish and British history, through war and conflict since the 1850's. It did not deserve to be reduced to rubble. But that is the New Order.

    By the way, someone (the dissidents?) has done quite a bit of damage to the new peace bridge within a few days of its opening.