the military

don_quixote

Trent End
y'know, i respect them for putting their lives on the line and stuff, but the 'our boys' tubthumping and the heroes stuff makes my stomach turn. it's not conscription folks.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
True...but there are areas where unemployment is so high and general career prospects so poor that joining the army can seem like the only realistic alternative to a life of dole and/or petty crime.

At least, this is an argument that's often put forward. I'm not talking from personal experience here.
 

scottdisco

rip this joint please
True...but there are areas where unemployment is so high and general career prospects so poor that joining the army can seem like the only realistic alternative to a life of dole and/or petty crime.

At least, this is an argument that's often put forward. I'm not talking from personal experience here.
anecdotal, but

certainly take up has gone up in areas of high unemployment during this recent slump (eg a lot of lads from Stoke signing up, apparently), and definitely have you noticed the last few years the massive upswing in pub toilet adverts for infantry (i can only speak for the gents, granted), but, certainly round the northwest, pub toilets have all those Queens Lancashire or whatever, no doubt lads needing a pee in the midlands get some Mercian regiment advert in front of them etc. just to the north of the porcelain

MAKE GREAT MATES
ACCOMO PAID FOR
LOTS OF HOLIDAYS
LEGS BLOWN OFF

oh, that fourth one i added myself
:slanted:
 

crackerjack

Well-known member
anecdotal, but

certainly take up has gone up in areas of high unemployment during this recent slump (eg a lot of lads from Stoke signing up, apparently), and definitely have you noticed the last few years the massive upswing in pub toilet adverts for infantry (i can only speak for the gents, granted), but, certainly round the northwest, pub toilets have all those Queens Lancashire or whatever, no doubt lads needing a pee in the midlands get some Mercian regiment advert in front of them etc. just to the north of the porcelain

MAKE GREAT MATES
ACCOMO PAID FOR
LOTS OF HOLIDAYS
LEGS BLOWN OFF

oh, that fourth one i added myself
:slanted:
Hmm, the pubs near me mostly have signs up saying "it's not the flu, it's the vaccine", courtesy of David Icke's mad footsoldiers.

On the whole, I'd rather be in Aldershot.
 

luka

Well-known member
Staff member
id never rather be in aldershot.

its not just a money issue. a lot of people are genuinely aggressive. they like beating and killing and dominating.
some of my good friends are like this. im not being judgemental. the army is a good home for them.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
id never rather be in aldershot.
classic.

For an overview of this kind of thing, and a truly jawdropping televisual experience, watch 'Danny Dyer's Britain's Most Dnagerous Men' (or something like that). It's like seeing humanity die in front of your eyes.
 

sufi

lala
id never rather be in aldershot.
Military towns are shit;
  • Warminster,
  • Portsmouth (spent a night there this week - fucking grim... and i am usually not a badmouther)
  • wooton bassett has apparently got some good shopping, but it's only semi-military cos of that airbase...
any others?
in fact is there any military town that is nice??/?


(apparently excellent facilities at Diego Garcia)
 

vimothy

yurp
No, let's pile on the generalisations--soldiers are all a bit thick and common, and they like getting drunk and causing fights! Except for the commisioned officers--they're all homosexual upper class toffs, nyah!
 

sufi

lala
i met a new neighbour in my block the other day,
perfectly charming chap
apropos of nothing at all, he says,
"yeh i'm just back from the army, i done my 5 years in the french foreign legion, check this bullet wound i got in afghanistan"
i was er taken aback to say the least
 

scottdisco

rip this joint please
nice one Vim, heh

well Soof your neighbour sounds friendly :cool:

i was playing pool w a US marine once and i asked him what he thought of British counterparts out in the field, and he said he liked those guys, but he could never get over their haircuts

@Crackerjack, where do you drink? yeesh. i'd be tearing those sorts of posters down i think, i can't stand Lizard Boy's barmy framework, really annoys out of all proportion i must be honest :eek:
 

Attelaawabe

Member
There is really no way of knowing whether or not the stimulus was worth it, in terms of jobs either created or NOT lost without going back and re-living the last 9 months without it.
Calling plays after the game is always a pretty easy job. Anyone, republican or democrat, have any better ideas than the stimulus bill at the time? Where were they?


As to the inaccuracies on the website, well:
 

mistersloane

heavy heavy monster sound
We did our best gig in Portsmouth. It was in a room above the main nightclub there (called something like Disco Inferno or something) and it was free entry, so anyone from the nightclub below (which was fun, I danced to 'Umbrella') could come up and see what we were doing.
At one point a squaddie-type guy came up looking very smart - white cashmere V-necked jumper, looking very pilled or veeeeery drunk and stood next to me as a noise musician was doing a set accompanied by an avant-garde dancer.

After a couple of minutes :

(Him) "'Scuse me m8."
(Me) "Alright?"
(Him)"Er.....what are they doin?"
(Me)" Well, (points) he's making noise from his guitar. (points again) and she's dancing to it"

Silence.

(Him) "Oh. Right"

Walks off.

It was brilliant. I think I love Portsmouth.
 

don_quixote

Trent End
can i make it clear i have no beef with people in the army, i just have beef with the diefication and untouchability of them, whilst other public servants are vilified in comparison to them (apart from nurses!)
 
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