But it has its uses - that careless miscue whilst playing snooker pissed, the sound of ripping baize, - then it's couple of pints to the Regt tailor to snip some cloth off the old jacket and do a quick invisible mend before the PMC finds out and you cop a huge bill. :
Now if I have read the Corps history correctly, and I admit some of the longer words did cause me trouble, the mess kit dates from the time of the Indian muntiny (1857 ish).
Apparently an undercover int officer (dressed in mufti and speaking the local lingo) called H Flashman managed to sneak into the beseiged British garrison at Cawnpore or Lucknow (cannot remember which).
Due to the state of his clothes, which were not befitting an English gentleman, the CO's wife decided to make him a new jacket. The only material available was the baize from the snooker table, a lovely shade of cypress green, which she used to fashion the jacket.
Lucky Flashman was one of the few survivors of the seige and went on to have an illustrious career in the Corps.
as someone who decided against your corps after accepting a university cadetship commission i recommend that you lose the grey bits that i am sure flashman would have loathed and replace them with black, could almost look acceptable. which lunatic decided that grey would set off cypress green well?? please make some sort of amdt quickly as the mess kit tends to make me want to throw up.