The gratitude campaign

#5
You got to say that the yanks don't go in for half measures.
 

TheIronDuke

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#6
What a horrible, cynical bunch you are. I think this is very useful.

Imagine you were in an airport and had a sudden chest pain. Maybe a heart attack? And the only help around was a bunch of stone deaf Army medics?

You can scream "HELP. I'm having a frocking chest clutch" till you are blue in the face (around 4 minutes I think). They wont hear you. They are stone deaf.

Now, the Americans, with their Can Do attitude, have devised a simple hand signal that will convey your distress and pain.

Hats off to them I say.
 
#7
Well come on Arrsers make your minds up...do you want civvies to recognise the fighting man or not?? Perhaps this is a bit too far for most of us uptight Brits but at least the septics are making an effort...
 
#8
Cuddles said:
Well come on Arrsers make your minds up...do you want civvies to recognise the fighting man or not?? Perhaps this is a bit too far for most of us uptight Brits but at least the septics are making an effort...
Fair Point Cuddles, it may be smaltzy but it beats our lads being ignored or worse.
 
#9
Cuddles said:
Well come on Arrsers make your minds up...do you want civvies to recognise the fighting man or not?? Perhaps this is a bit too far for most of us uptight Brits but at least the septics are making an effort...
Very American, of course, but why not ... ?

The only thanks I got was a "standard letter" at the end of it all [Mrs B_S got the same one, with just the name changed], and eventually my fantastic free Veteran's Badge.
 
#10
Actually looking at that web-site, the picture in the top left demonstrating the gesture is a bit misleading! The motion it seem to be encouraging actually rhymes with "septic tank"...or maybe I'm just depraved beyond redemption?
 
#11
TheIronDuke said:
What a horrible, cynical bunch you are. I think this is very useful.

Imagine you were in an airport and had a sudden chest pain. Maybe a heart attack? And the only help around was a bunch of stone deaf Army medics?

You can scream "HELP. I'm having a frocking chest clutch" till you are blue in the face (around 4 minutes I think). They wont hear you. They are stone deaf.

Now, the Americans, with their Can Do attitude, have devised a simple hand signal that will convey your distress and pain.

Hats off to them I say.
Looks more like the secret Klingon signal for: "I intend to rip out your heart, Federation Citizen". I'd be careful using it, especially at the Atlanta hub.
 
#12
...and the lady in one of the early sequences looks like she's about to be dragged behind a pile of unclaimed baggage for post-Eyerack molestation if she's not careful...
 
#13
Schmaltzy? betchya...I know we're all a tad cynical, but you cant have it both ways. Either we complain that our efforts go unnoticed or we bitch about things over the top. If any of the cynics have a better idea...lets hear it. Beats the fcuk out of parading up and down a town.

If not, I think its an affectionate gesture...does'nt gush, not too far over the top and it actually says 'Thank you'...something people in Britain are generally incapable of saying.

Mind you the offer of a beer or two would probably be more heartwarming :lol: Mines a Carlsberg special brew.
 

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#14
strewth said:
If not, I think its an affectionate gesture...does'nt gush, not too far over the top and it actually says 'Thank you'...something people in Britain are generally incapable of saying.
Walking up smartly, saying "Cheers mate" then walking off equally smartly makes the gesture and saves mutual embarrassment.

But in an effort to get with the Septics, if any of you are driving up the A696 to Otterburn / Reidsdale and a chap is hanging out the window of a car blowing kisses at you, that'll be me.

Feel the love guys, feel the love.
 
#15
Christ that's awful. Are we now so mongishly ill-socialised that we don't dare to speak to other humans, and even simple gratitude is reduced to an empty gesture? What is this, the crappy fast food of human interaction?

What on earth is wrong with walking up to someone and just saying "Thanks"? Who knows, you might actually have - shock - a conversation with a stranger.

Got to be better than someone you've never met gesticulating as if your fly is undone.
 

TheIronDuke

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#16
This is a brilliant idea to improve Squaddie / GFP communication. We should develop our own.

1) “Have you got the £20 you owe me from your last leave or what?”



2) “Please pick up that Ginsters pasty wrapper and put it in the bin you lazy sod”



3) “Fancy a go on my chebs big boy?”



4) “Stop peering at my tits you nonce”



5) “If you don’t stop peering at my tits I’m going to poke your eye out”



6) “Hello sailor”

 
#17
Bloaaaaargh!
 
#18
Lol is that for real?! It would have to be an american who thought of that.
I get the idea of thanking soliders but by some sh*tty hand sign? I think the least the public can do is say the words 'thank you' after all the soldiers have done.
In the land of common sense there would be an advert encouraging people to say the words thank you rather than a hand sign. Wouldn't that make more sense or is it just me?
 
#19
The 'reply' to this gesture seems to be a work in progress, too; some very hesitant nods and winks going on there. Now if someone made the Klingon Fist at me in an airport departure lounge (and if I was a Brit trooper somehow permitted to wear my uniform in a public place without being arrested for gratuitous offensiveness), I think I'd be tempted to reply in kind, but with a gesture depending on the sex/age/size of the target.
 
#20
I think I'll just throw up a British hand salute to them [in a casual, Cavalry, manner rather than "on parade"] ... they sort of understand that type of thing anyway,, and it also labels me as "one of them" instead of a Klingon trooper.



BTW, that's not one of "Them", FFS. Just "one of them". :)
 

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