Tommy Atkins

#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!
 
#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 :(
 
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#5
smudgegs said:
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 :(
3?
 
#6
Yeah that's about right, 2 to 3 each... :wink:
 
#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....
 
#16
Christ will you cunts knock it off? How many topics have you started, bleating and fucking whining since the weekend. Stop trying to make out that the country is going to grind to a halt, or the earth is going to stop spinning on its axis because you have had your budgets reduced. It's not, those that are deploying will receive the training they require, those that like spending their spare time on a tuesday evening and weekends, discussing the chemical safety rule in a drafty old TAC somewhere can continue to do so, without the pocket money, or find something better to do.
 
#18
He's got a point you dreary c*nts :D , have a coke and a smile, it will be xmas in 12 weeks, couple of months of phys after and your nearly good to go again, its a good time for your fatter, and more 'unfit for purpose' types to take a leaf out of the deployers and spend the next few months shifting some f*cking poundage, reassembling some self respect and approaching the job as its meant to be next year..I hope to christ your organisation resurges with a stringent criteria that will shave off your lame and lazy, a sure money saver..
 

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