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Monday, January 16, 2006

You've Got Me Hanging On The Telephone

3 minutes - time taken to walk from room to guardroom.

1 minute - time taken to 'book out' of camp.

2 minutes - time taken to walk to phone box.

1 to 45 minutes - time taken waiting on an empty phone booth.

30 seconds - time taken to phone the Girl With The Red Hair, find out she's not home and could I ring back later please.

The delights of the long distance relationship in the pre-mobile phone era.


Blogger Universal Soldier said...

And before anyone says anything, of course she was worth every second.

5:58 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

"Yes dear you can put the rolling pin down now."

5:59 pm  
Blogger PI said...

God that rings a distant bell. I have just had an e-mail returned which I sent to you. Not to worry it was just blogging problems now sorted. I've noticed some comments pages don't show my htt:// thingy. Is there a way I can make it say Homepage?

6:20 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Thank goodness for mobiles. Although I wish the gondoliers in Venice wouldn't have them glued to their ears all the time. It sort of blights the experience somehow.

7:11 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Pat - I've mailed you back.

Katy - the closest the British Army has come to mutiny in the last 100 years was when we had a our mobiles taken off us just before the invasion of Iraq.

7:22 pm  
Blogger Plark said...

I've had and am still having far too many long distance relationships.

The world is a big place. A bit too big sometimes. Although I 'spose it follows not big enough at other times.

Grass being greener and what not...

7:36 pm  
Blogger greavsie said...

I got into letter writing with my german girlfriend.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

That's barbaric! Why weren't you allowed to have your mobiles? Were they afraid that Saddam might try cold calling British soldiers and persuading them to switch to the Elite Republican Guard when their contract ran out?

8:16 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Plark - it's never easy is it.

Greavsie - does Barbarella know?

Katy - I think they were more worried he might be listening in. There was also real concern that well-meaning soldiers might inform relatives of casualties - finding out someone has been killed/wounded by text probably isn't the best way.

9:03 pm  
Anonymous Kath said...

I can't even imagine long distance before cell phones, msn messenger, and the like. Y'all should be commended!

Though, I have had to go through just over one month without all of that with Royal - when he was in Africa - and we survived okay. Just ok though. ;o)

5:23 am  
Blogger Just Jane said...

When I was away from my boyfriend neither of us had a phone in the house where we lived. He would ring the house four doors along from me, they would come and fetch me, I would leg it down the road, and he would by then have run out of change.

8:30 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

I hadn't thought of that. This is probably why my applications to be made Commander-In-Chief of the British Army have been ignored.

9:11 am  
Anonymous Growing Up said...

I'm surprised you never gave up because it seems everytime we were getting together or going to speak i was either late or not in. I just pleased that you didn't.

10:17 am  
Anonymous Jamie said...

It might have been quicker to use messenger pigeons.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Jay said...

That's practically sweet. :)

4:31 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

JJ - ha ha.

Katy - either that or it was because you refused to send them a photo as well.

Jamie - but then I'd have had to have written a letter.

Jay - Welcome and how nice of you to say!

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Z said...

But Aaaah - that sweet anticipation.gz

7:34 pm  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Or what about the times queuing for the phone only to get your turn and a bloody 10p was stuck in the slot! grrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

1:50 pm  

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