Greetings from the big sandpit!!! Whilst flicking through the latest (well newest to me) Private Eye this lunch time I noticed a story about when Des Browne made his first visit to the forces in Basrah a while ago, aparently he had a conversation with a soldier that went some thing like this.... " What do you know about the armed forces?" says the soldier. "Not a lot" says Mr Browne "But what do you know abot politics?" "Not a lot" says the soldier "but I can lie well!!" This reminded me of when Prince Charles came out to Bosnia to visit when Grapple 1 was on. Amidst all the usual palava and displays etc. that go along with that sort of visit, he arrived at 'Redout', the RE camp on route triangle, which we had been busy tidying for days before hand. As well as a display of our plant equipment and a demo, the field troop had all their kit layed out and the 432 had all it's CES layed out on the tank sheet in front of the waggon. Enter Prince Charles, suitably interested in all the displays and pointing to a particular piece of the panzer's kit says to the driver.. "what's that, young man?" To which the driver Immediately replied " I dunno Sir, I've never seen it before, It's only here because you are!!" Reactions were mixed but luckily but the prince and the RSM saw the funny side!! Anyone got anymore stories where honesty may not have been the best policy??