Tommy Atkins

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  1. I have been thinking about the following Kipling poem ever since i heard the news.

    Tommy

    I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
    The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
    The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
    But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
    But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
    But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
    The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
    O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

    Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
    An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
    Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
    But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
    While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
    But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
    There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
    O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

    You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
    We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
    But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
    An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
    An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

    -- Rudyard Kipling

    Very appropriate!
     
  2. I think of that poem at least twice a day :roll:
     
  3. I think Atilla is a nob.
     
  4. I think that should be read on our last proper drill night, damned appropriate given the number of tour medals floating around the TA these days :(
     
  5. 3?
     
  6. Yeah that's about right, 2 to 3 each... :wink:
     
  7. Ah Tommy Atkins......
    T WAT
     
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  9. Try 7 or 8, many of them multiple tours and you can come drinking with my pals and me :)
     

  10. I haven't heard that one before, thanks for posting! :)
     
  11. Very Dusty in here now.
     
  12. Full time I'm not surprised, not saying it's right or good but not surprised, but then back when I joined I would meet loads of regulars with a GSM, maybe an LS&GC and a lot of stories about exercise in Germany. Times change and we're right in the middle of a big one.

    Personally I'd say if someone has taken two or three 9 month breaks out of their FULL TIME JOB in support of their part time job, and their regular brethren, then they've demonstrated a fair degree of commitment...

    But who cares, we're sacked for the next 5 or 6 (at least) so that'll give you time to impress me with another one wont it :roll:

    Joking aside, we don't need to fight each other guys, we're being shat upon from above, not alongside....
     
  13. Oh goody.
     
  14. That mean your getting the first round in then?
     
  15. Explain why!