Who fancies shovelling snow?

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  1. Well you'll have to as they've done the same to the council staff and they'll be on strike.
  2. FRESCO, ring any bells ?????????????
  3. I'm in double shite then:

    Good job I have elderlyer neighbours to look after me, and Mr Tesco to deliver the dog's food.
  4. Yes this is my favourite.

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  5. Was in bloody Tesco's today and people were buying two or three snow shovels at a time. Talk about panic stations.
  6. many a secret hidden in that fine art,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  7. Not any more I'm afraid - the Green Goddesses have been pensioned off.
  8. The seriously out-of-touch and idiotic morons who run this country will never understand what they have until they lose it. Or this time round, make them all redundant and treat them like excrement.
  9. Why has someone painted over TGSM?
  10. Tommy

    by Rudyard Kipling (1865– 1936)

    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, Mr. 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 how'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;
    But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!

    As relevant as ever, funny how goverments come and go but nothing ever changes.
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  11. IIRC the last big snow in 09/10, a note went around from the MOD bean counters to the effect that the Army must avoid engaging with the local community on the grounds of cost, so I'm not sure this will be a starter except for some publicity shots for the BBC and Soldier mag.

    I recall that my lot had 20 or so vehicles that weren't being used and when I offered them up for use to the local Regional Forces formation (e.g getting essential staff to work) I was told to keep quiet and keep them in the hangers.

    So I wouldn't be too concerned.
  12. Yes, I did!!!

    and there it is, all shiny.

    Hew, Pugh, Barny, Macgrew, Cuthbert, Dibbles, Grub... and Chocy Frog. Not sure what the ability to shift lots of water in winter would help with though :D

    Seriously though... I thought the councils were supposed to NOT use us as the emergency service to end all emergencies... (even the emergency services have to dial 999 sometimes).

    We've been cut back, and chopped, but we can still do this? Perhaps for every soldier sent out with a shovel we should bill the local council?
  13. That picture is tantamount to blasphemy. Behold the original in all it's noodly glory.

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  14. TheresaMay

    TheresaMay LE Moderator DirtyBAT

    I can almost imagine the OC's welcome home brief...

    "Welcome back from Op Tour guys - glad you made it home safe"

    "Smith... Here's your P45, Jones (Welsh guy)... Enjoy your POTL, Brown... Pick up a shovel"

    "Right... and who here can drive a Fire Engine?"

    Instead, wouldn't it be wonderful if some politician had the gonads to tip up at the DSS and say to the queue:

    "Right guys, you can have your benefits, but first of all there's a little bit of snow I'd like you to clear in order to do your bit for the suckers that are paying you to sit on your big fat arrses."

    Unfortunately the politicians need to ringfence the cash to give to Pakistan next time they have a little too much rain.

    Rant over, soapbox back in the cupboard.
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