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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Am I Living In Box, Am I Living in a....

The mere mention of a Corimec will bring out a wry smile in some squaddies and a cold sweat in others.

A prefabricated box about 4m long and 2m wide it would accomodate anything between 1 and 4 soldiers.

In the early versions you were lucky if you got a window that opened or a functioning heater. These days if you are lucky you get aircon.

When I turned up and 'moved in' to my Corimec in Bosnia the first thing I noticed was the elaborate guttering that the previous occupant had fashioned out of polystyrene cups.

It was certainly going to be interesting when it rained.

* - Pictures from this website.


Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Lookin' for a cheap holiday. How many stars they got?

11:04 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

I tried one of those Japanese sleep-in-a-box hotels once. Aweful.
And awful. No wonder they try to prevent us round-eyes from using 'em.

5:50 am  
Blogger Nick said...

Could have been worse; at least you had a good view!

8:27 am  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

I had the joy of 6 monthsin a corrimec with a Canadian

Deep Joy

8:42 am  
Blogger Sherbert said...

I'd happily spend the night in a Corimec with four soldiers.

8:49 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Are they deliberately built to be very narrow and claustrophobic so that you soldiery types can stand outside on the balcony with no shirt on flexing your biceps?

If so, I may have to think about having one built in my back garden.

9:13 am  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Theres a traditon in the army that dates back to the Peninsular War in which a duty person has to be attired solely in a small green wrap around towel, one pair of decaying flip flops purchased from the NAAFI in basic training and carring a jazz mag to wander around the camp all day.

12:06 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Four Dinners - even cheaper if you don't mind washing up.

Stu - I think they've opened one in London now.

Nick - very true - it was quite cosy after a while.

Sherbert - :o)

Katy - if you saw half the blokes these days you really wouldn't be saying that.

Eggbanjo - too true.

2:27 pm  
Anonymous jamie said...

Fuh, they look like the dorm rooms at my uni. At least they didn't make you pay $110 a week for them. And why doesn't my room come with hot, soldierly-type neighbours?!! I should lodge a complaint with the housing office.

2:51 pm  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

jamie, hope you are well aware that the width shown in the second shot is the actual width, cat swinging is not a popular sport in a corrimec

3:50 pm  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

nick, mine had a great view

of the inside of a steel mill

3:51 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Does the cute shirtless guy with the nice shoulders come with the box?

2:47 pm  
Blogger Fluff said...

Wow.. not seen those before. Reminds me of Butlins ;)

11:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys! We are CORIMEC. It's a pleasure to read your comments. We are continuosly working to upgrade our products that so many soldiers in the world are using. Your suggestion would be really appreciated.

Corimec Italiana SpA

10:32 pm  

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