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Sunday, June 18, 2006

You've Got Mail

It's always nice to get a letter. A proper one that is. Not just something that arrives in your inbox.

The British army supplies 'blueys' - free airmail letters - to both soldiers and to anyone who wants to write to them*.

The arrival of a bluey is often the highpoint of your day. A link back to the normal world. The more difficult the situation the bigger the morale factor of a letter arriving.

Somewhere up in my loft there is a box with all the blueys I received from Mrs Soldier when I was in Bosnia. Must go and find them.

I'd also like to point out that a no point did any vile squaddie wipe his arse on a bluey, fold it up and mail it to his mate somewhere else in the country. No - that definitely didn't happen.

* - You can walk into a post office and ask for some if you like. Try addressing a letter to "A British soldier in Iraq" and see what sort of response you get.


Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

Nope it definetly didn't happen - apart from the time when it happened.

So, you just go into a store and ask for a 'bluey'. Is that the correct word?

10:22 am  
Blogger cookie monster said...

no shamash, i would choose my words very, VERY carefully when you ask for a 'bluey'!

10:24 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

If you ask in any post office for a forces aerogramme they should be able to help you. They're known as blueys because, erm, they're blue!

10:36 am  
Blogger Annie said...

Really? The Post Office would just send it to someone randomly if you addressed it like that?

11:55 am  
Anonymous jamie said...

Did you expect a hot and steamy bluey and receive a vile squaddie one instead? Must've been traumatic.

Unless you were the vile squaddie.

12:11 pm  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Send an bluey to "A soldier in Iraq" and you too might get back one of these mythical brown blueys :o)

Oh and if you do want to send one, you can always do it via the web with an e-bluey, its like sending an email except its printed up and posted

3:19 pm  
Blogger gonorr said...

as we aren't so far from July, you could try sending the para's in afganistan pictures of the globetrotter.

Just to get them in the mood as it was.

6:09 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Annie - you certainly used to be able to.

Jamie - nope - nothing to do with me.

Eggbanjo - eblueys are great - you still get the real envelope delivered to you.

Gonorr - Paras - you just have to love them (or maybe not).

7:39 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

The other should be a 'brownie' then. With a toggle?

11:33 am  
Blogger PI said...

I thought a bluey was something Australian.

4:56 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

I want a bluey!

I knew I should have gone to the Army v Navy rugby match this year.

10:58 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Oh, is "bluey" not the right word?

What on earth have I asked for?


10:58 pm  
Blogger The Boy said...

Katy, be afraid, be very afraid...

10:06 am  
Blogger The Boy said...

Katy, be afraid, be very afraid...

10:48 am  
Blogger Sir Stewart Wallace said...

this occurred to me this morning.
You know how Americans are always going on about supporting their troops, sending them letters, gifts and stuff like that.
For some reason, I get the impression that doesn't happen so much in Britain.

So, does it happen much? Do you ever get letters or whatever off random civilians just wishing you well?

9:31 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Baw Bag - there were lots of letters sent out during the initial stages of the Iraq conflict.

8:18 pm  

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