Where have all the choggies gone?

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  1. I was wondering do they still have Choggies anywhere?

    I was in in the 80/90's and they were all over. Two which spring to mind were Auchnacloy N.I. where the choggies used to get some severe shit. If we bumped in to him on a base plate patrol in the town we'd always call out or say hello and he'd run back to camp to see the OC and complain that we had compromised him, totally oblivious to the fact he was the only packistani for miles around. They also used to put bacon round the door handles of his room when he went for a shower. Having said that he was a robbing twat who tried to raise the prices every time a new unit came through.

    The other was at Bloodhound Camp Cyprus where the calls of "cheesy burger" or "eggy burger" could be heard after a hard night on the piss in heros square Slimmasol. At the end of our stay we had to be paraded to identify the mystery customers who had set up tick bills such as Charles Windsor, Kevin Keegan etc etc.

    They seemed to pop up in most places we seemed to end up and although they'd rob you as soon as look at you they did provide a good service and put the hours in where no one else would particularly want to set up shop.

    Can anyone think of any others?
  2. Choggie shop at Ballykelly in the 70's when I was there. Their tick book was nicked on a fairly regular basis.
  3. Sodexo had them eliminated?
  4. They didn't do a very good job then!

    There's millions of em still around!
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  5. Dunno about Sodexo, but the Provos certainly 'eliminated' one in south Armagh, around 1973 IIRC. I believe he worked in XMG (brave man!) and they slotted him near Silverbridge, poor bastard.
  6. Nope, it was NAAFI who got shot of them. Just like they have done with Red Fred's, Toc H and any other small 'competitor' operating within an Army barracks.
  7. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    It was NAAFI's refusal to come out to locations in NI that let the choggies come in and run their excellent service. 24 hour egg banjos! Some of these guys put in silly hours but must have been making a fortune.
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  8. I know the choggies were still in full swing all through the Telic tours. I remember one shop called "Del Boys" at the air station. They were right conning bastards!
  9. Also, not 100% sure one of the LI boys could back me up here. The barber off our camp, Abu Naji in Alamarah got slotted by one of the grunts as the barber was about to fire a RPG into the side of a wolf during a riot in town.
  10. I miss the Char Wallah, Bootsie, Sew sew, Abdul Dhobi and Clip Sahib the barber, Rowcroft Lines in Singers, only 'cos my doris cannot make a decent brew shine my shoes sew on a button iron my shirts right or cut my hair.
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  11. Hence NAAFI's eagerness to get in on the action.
  12. Afghani lad in XMG in the 80s. Used to sleep under his counter. He did do a good line in recycled porn mags, though. I think he sold and resold one particular edition of a "gentleman's magazine" five times until it fell apart...(well, apart from the pages that were stuck together).
  13. I think they did a great job for all the shit they got from everyone. Ali in Castledillon was a great guy and even remembered guys names from one tour to another. They never bitched worked amazing long hours and always would have a brew of buttie on. Who else would take that shit, same as every corner store in the UK.

    I wonder what some of them are doing now I hope they are doing ok better than the shit NAAFI that was always ready to rip you off in every location you were in.
  14. Bahrain 69
    Dirty uniform taken away and laundered starched like a plank in two hours, boots polished every day and a cup of tea every morning, all for the princely sum of 2/6 a week.
    the downside was the tea was utter utter pish and christ knows what they fried with? I suspect it was OMD110.
  15. Spanish_Dave

    Spanish_Dave LE Good Egg (charities)

    Mojo springs to mind here