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Monday, July 10, 2006

Welcome To The TimeWarp

It was shortly after my Op Cygnet that I was due the three letters that bring an instant smile to your average squaddie:

R n R

Two weeks at home. Well ten days at home by the time you've had a couple of days travelling either end.

But still good.

Very good.

I wonder what Stephen Hawking would make of the R n R phenomenon.

In the weeks immediately preceding R n R time slows to an almost imperceptible grind. Think being a child waiting for Christmas and multiple that by a factor of about 10.

The time-space continuum* continues to be affected when you reach the airport although this may have more to do with our lovely friends the RAF than any alteration to the basic physics of the universe.

And then home.

By the time you've had a decent bath, slept in a decent bed and had more than two pints of your favourite beer then 10 days are over and it's time to head back.

* No - I'm not a Trekkie.


Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Rocky Horror's much more fun...."Let's do the time warp agaaaaaain"

My mate was a Marine n he called R n R Rumping n Rogering. Sounds good t' me.

8:51 pm  
Blogger backroads said...

I reckon you really need three weeks off... then you get a middle week which is 7 days away from the pain you've endured and another 7 from the renewed onslaught.

It's what being on the dole must be like.

10:54 pm  
Blogger The Boy said...

Its the work inbetween that makes those 10 days so sweet.

How was the camping?

1:25 pm  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Question: How do you tell a sprog from a sweat on tour ?

Answer: The sprog opts for the earliest RnR possible as he/she is missing mummy/GF/dog etc, gets home happy for a couple of weeks then has to push 4 months out when they get back

The Sweat goes home pretty much as everyone is packing ready for hand over, the looks on the youngsters faces when you tell them you only have 6 or 7 weeks to push on your return is a picture

2:25 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Four Dinners - You'd have to ask Mrs Soldier about that!

Backroads - definitely, as soon as you are chilling out you are beginning to think about going back.

The Boy - Camping was great.

EggBanjo - I like to try and get as close to the middle as possible.

6:22 pm  

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