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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Who is the most popular bloke in the army?

There are a few candidates in my book.

The bloke who drops you're mail off in the middle of nowhere is quite cool.

The Company Quarter Master who always makes sure that there's cold cans of pop and plenty of choccies when he turns up on a replenishment run is a strong candidate.

Then there's the bloke who doesn't mind crashing the fags even when he's down to his last few and you know you won't be getting anymore for a while.

But in my book the most popular bloke in the army is the man who can turn up in the miles from anywhere on the Canadian prairie, put his tent up and half an hour later have piping hot showers running.

After two weeks in the same lots of clothes and having reached the stage where sat in the back of a Warrior you can even smell yourself, a hot shower is like nothing on earth.

There's only one major drawback. The mosquitos love clean meat and you'll suffer for a day or two until you stink again.

But oh is it worth it.


Blogger Lennie Briscoe said...

You have a bog and a kettle in the back of a warrior... no shower??? shock!!

9:52 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Lennie - I know - terrible isn't it ;)

6:38 am  
Blogger PI said...

It always surprises me that here are mosquitoes in Canada.

8:57 am  
Anonymous Laura said...

Okay, so let me get this straight. A guy turns up in the middle of nowhere, sets up a tent in half an hour and then magics up some hot running water? He's not Gandalf, is he?

11:54 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

PI - I'm not sure if they are technically mosquitos - but they are little flying insects that like biting you.

Laura - there are a couple of trailers with water heaters and pumps and things but that's basically it.

12:16 pm  
Blogger Fluff said...

Bet a bath would be nice n all.

2:38 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

Is the chap in the back of the Warrior perchance an ossifer called General Pong ;-) ?

3:14 pm  
Anonymous Z said...

Cool new photo album thingy.

4:08 pm  
Blogger Merys said...

hate to be a pedant here, but if they bite you when you're cleanest then they probably aren't mosquitoes. Mozzies prefer the fermented approach!

7:56 pm  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Universal - I remember the best thing for me out in the wilderness living off starvations rations for days on end and then one night out of nowhere a truck arrives with urns of tomato soup, fresh bed and large lumps of chedder cheese. I'll you what it was the best supper I have ever had.

12:04 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...


I was wondering why you hadn't posted and it turns out that you have.

RSS is not as special as I thought it was.

4:00 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Fluff - that might be asking too much.

Stu - ah you've met him.

Z - ta.

Merys - I thought so. Whatever they have out there still sting like buggery.

Haggiswurst - watch this space for a similiar tale.

Katy - I'm fond of RSS as well but still check peoples blogs 'just in case'. Oh dear - I have a problem.

5:00 pm  

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