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Iceweasel last won the day on February 4 2012

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About Iceweasel

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    Birdwatching, Fishing, Motor-Sport,
    'Storming' Alpine Passes,
    Humanitarian Aid.
  1. Ahem! Can I be the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary, please? I am not a currently serving police officer. I have no UK police training whatsoever. I have no UK police qualifications whatsoever. But .......... I have a profound understanding of policing. and ......... I have a cunning plan to greatly reduce costs. and ......... I'm a friend of Theresa May. So I am eminently qualified for the post. What's the bonus for increasing efficiency with less staff did you say?
  2. Went in the day after the NATO bombing stopped - as part of the NATO Operation Joint Guardian (Agricola 1) - and was immediately seconded to the French Camp at Skenderaj - as it seemed that the Froglets ( those who would have been 18 year old conscripts - but were caught out by the then new French 'voluntary' Rendez-vous Programme) didn't know their ar*e from their elbow when it came to UN/NATO tents. So I'm supremely experienced in shouting at French teenagers (in French) how to put the tent frames together the right way up. Good enough guys the French enlisted 'squaddies' though - food was out of this world - 5 star Michelin Chefs an all. We even had a not very hush-hush group of Foreign Legion guys - they were interviewed on NBC and Skye News - but they wouldn't touch the tents. After the tents were up we had to winterize them - a bit difficult as they were 2nd hand tents with holes for the air-con that they had in Iraq the first time round. I was kept busy with the rations from the UNHCR in Mitrovica (the old battery factory) and routinely delivering them to the villagers up the Drenica Valley in 10 remote villages that had been decimated. The Ghurkas were there too. Landed up with German contingent at the end and finally pulled out in September 2003. Thankfully I wasn't sent back in March 2004 when hostilities broke out again.
  3. Those sound like useful skills. I spend 4 years in Kosovo valleys putting up hundreds of UN 20 man tents and delivering food parcels and hygiene kits with a draughty LandRover. I was very good at it as I had spent 6 years in Bosnia a bit earlier learning how to do exactly those same tasks. Funny that. So when the next round of ethnic cleansing comes along - - I'm extremely well qualified for more of the same. :biggrin: Iceweasel. :ph34r:
  4. Hi Shootist, Was the Derby tobacco British brands of cigarettes or rolling tobacco re-imported illegally? My experience with Humanitarian Aid charities and NGO's was very revealing, and enlightening. Because of such organisations being exempt from Operator's Licence due to the nature of the work, they do not carry goods for 'hire or reward'. This meant that on the way back from Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania or wherever the trucks return either empty or carrying empty pallets classed as 'emballage' which are sold in UK to allay the costs of the journey. All perfectly legal - classed as 'empty' on the ferry etc. Now for the tricks. On many occasions persons with names like Mohammad or Abdullah would approach the drivers asking them to pick up 'items' on the way home. Mostly these 'items' were coming out of Andorra and were being trans-shipped in the Mulhouse area - right on the French/German border, and the paperwork was from a Freight-Forwarder in Luxembourg. I have seen the CMRs - all a load of bull*hit! None of this was actually carried on my watch. As convoy leader my job on the homeward leg was to 'acquire' pallets. Easy and legal. Pallets may seem innocuous nothings - but at a £5 each in the UK we were carrying hundreds and hundreds of them. Even better was empty fish-boxes, that stack inside each other. Profit on the 'exchange' was sometimes over 100% - they can be bought cash in hand at €2 or €3 - We're talking £5000 a truck-load with no paperwork at all- and all legal-ish. All of this emballage gets little more than a cursory glance by the authorities - especially in a vehicle with correct paperwork showing it had unloaded aid in an ex-war zone. Many drivers running aid on their own - not as part of a bigger group or convoy have tales to tell - of cigarettes and much worse. Strange place Andorra - they import 9million cigarettes every day - and re-export none. Statistical fact. This means that every man woman and child in Andorra smokes at least 140 cigarettes a day. Staistical bolloxs.
  5. Hi, The short answer is - no! If they were car tyres I would say that they are now down to the legal limit. I would be wary of them on grass or mud. I don't think re-soling is economically viable - they are 8 years old now. I have just recently purchased a new pair, as I don't see anything better or more comfortable. Cheers, Iceweasel. :biggrin:
  6. Or Duncan Falconer for that matter. Guys who served in Bosnia or Kosovo were 'advised' not to make return visits or take holidays there. Quite a few did go back for brief periods to do some charitable stuff though. I agree with Tango Oscar - I might well say where I've been, but definitely no info on any ops or the like. I'm not intending writing any books or advise on any films either. Not even any 'Carry On' type ones. Love this little icon by the way. :ph34r:
  7. Mess Waiter - bloody cheek - wish I had been a mess waiter - probably would have saved more money, and wouldn't have the aches and pains of 'ahem' middle age that I have now. When I left I was told / requested / warned that I could tell folks where I'd been / served - but not precisely what I did there. Didn't you guys get that sort of story?
  8. Quite possibly - if I remember correctly one DM was equal to one shilling tenpence ha'penny. Happy days!
  9. What a laugh this thread is - pity didn't I spot it before now. I was in Laarbruch in 1965 - not allowed to tell you what I was doing there though.
  10. Very sad. R.I.P. David. Donation made.
  11. This is the sort of clap-trap that I had to listen to years ago from a previous generation of Social Workers explaining why 'little Johnny' didn't attend school and was last seen heading away from the back of the local pub with a crate of bottles in the direction of the park. This puts the onus on the rest of society does it - for failing to provide sufficient motivation? Next you'll be telling us that old chestnut about it being a 'Cry for Help' - Lord save us from the Social Workers and Probation Officers - please.
  12. No, - it's not just you Fritz - I was puzzled as to why the disclaimer appeared after the 3rd post (which was mine) as I don't think there was any advice being given at all, or anything contentious in those posts.
  13. That is interesting - how would the colonel have brought himself to the attention of the tunnel security personnel? I've been through the tunnel - only once, didn't like it - much too claustrophobic for me - I'll stick to the ferries. But neither tunnel nor ferry have any scanning or security detector type equipment. For the tunnel you don't even have to / need to get out of your car for the entire journey.
  14. Good God, Trev, John Maynard Keynes AKA Baron Keynes of Tilton must be spinning in his grave right now. I studied all that macro-economic cr*p 30 or 40 years ago and little good it did then either. You've been reading the Socialist Worker again. 'Governments should spend money they haven't got' is what it's all about isn't it Just been watching the news - RBS chief dude trying to explain why 700 million of a loss is progress, and the top dogs have worked hard to deserve their bonuses amounting to 800 million - he should try explaining that to Dot Gibson of the National Pensioners Convention. I used to read the Worker's Press before it went bust. Spent money they didn't have - don't you know. George Soros makes more sense than Baron Keynes or Adnan Kashoggi. Hoo-ah!
  15. Where are all these numbers and opinions coming from Clev Trev? Everyone as I'm sure you are happy to recognise, is an individual and their circumstances are very different one to another. These generalizations are no good - some of what you have quoted us is correct, but there is a myriad of variables to take into account. Age, marriage status, children, savings ...............................on and on it goes! As well as the standard figure of £67.50 there is the housing benefit, council tax and loads of other things to work out, including your National Insurance contributions paid to make sure you don't miss out eventually qualifying for a full pension. Try here: I suggest everyone should attempt to fill in this Benefits Estimate Calculator to find the reality of the situation, if God forbid they found themselves 'out of work'. There is not a 'one size fits all' figure to bandy about.