I was on Radio 5 Live a few days back discussing the poor state of SOME squaddie accn in the UK - having been asked in my capacity as an ex squaddie (who also happens to do research). One IN telephone-er DEMANDED to know why his friend's son who is serving in Iraq was having to get and send some shelf brackets from B&Q and some food from a supermarket. AND Mr indignant civvie went on... He only has a bed where is he supposed to put his stuff??? "Would you like to come in there Jim?" says the genial Tony Nolan I responded that the topic under discussion was soldier's accn in the UK but in any event: a. He's got his own bed? b. keep his kit under it or wear it c. food from UK - good move, great for swaps with the yanks. Mr indignant civvie was about then to explode but was terminated by someone on the switches. So old and older chums what did you or do you always take into t'field? or if you can't or don't wish that you could? Blow up doll, back issues of girlie mags etc are considered a given (or taken). Boringly I have a toilet bag that holds loads in pockets and zippers and when opened up has a hook for hanging on.. a tree, an idle person etc. (available from NEXT). My old Mum sent me a cake every month ( tin sized one not a cup cake and that always went down well on't border. OR does everyone now take shelf brackets from B&Q?