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Eating a sandwich in the army = a barbaric practice


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#21 WearyRhino

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:57 AM

Eating with hands, like the natives, is the primary reason we lost the Empire, don't you know! If you can't eat a banana with a knife and fork, frankly, you don't deserve an empire!

#22 Northern Sol

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:49 AM

I find it hard to take seriously. I used to work (as a civilian) at the naval academy in Dartmouth. They used to serve burgers in the officers' mess. Nobody made a fuss about it.



#23 ckn

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:36 AM

I find it hard to take seriously. I used to work (as a civilian) at the naval academy in Dartmouth. They used to serve burgers in the officers' mess. Nobody made a fuss about it.

A whole world of difference between the quite egalitarian navy and the army.

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#24 Tiny Tim

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:41 AM

I blame the influence of RL!!!  :ph34r:



#25 Futtocks

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

A whole world of difference between the quite egalitarian navy and the army.

Rum, sodomy, the lash and finger food? Quite beyond the pale!

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#26 craig hamilton

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:05 PM

I think the point is more along the lines of getting the small things right and the big ones look after themselves to an extent. I saw a documentary on the French Foreign Legion once and one of the senior NCOs said that the point of flogging them for not fastening their button on their uniform was that attention to detail angle. He said if a cadet forgets to fasten his button, he could easily not put the safety catch on his weapon.

I've never been in the forces but I imagine that standing up when a superior walks in the room should be normal practice,. This is unless my good friend Major Geordie Saint can advise to the contrary. :-)

Edited by craig hamilton, 06 March 2014 - 09:06 PM.


#27 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:40 PM

I've never been in the forces but I imagine that standing up when a superior walks in the room should be normal practice,. This is unless my good friend Major Geordie Saint can advise to the contrary. :-)

The mess tends to be different.


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#28 Shadow

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:55 AM

Eating with hands, like the natives, is the primary reason we lost the Empire, don't you know! If you can't eat a banana with a knife and fork, frankly, you don't deserve an empire!

My wife's cousin went to a french finishing school and eats all her fruit with a knife and fork.

It really does come to something when a frenchy has to show our chaps the way.


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#29 Tiny Tim

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:58 PM

My wife's cousin went to a french finishing school and eats all her fruit with a knife and fork.

It really does come to something when a frenchy has to show our chaps the way.

Seeing as the French never wash I am not surprised that they don't want to use their hands to eat....... :ph34r:



#30 Futtocks

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:03 PM

My wife's cousin went to a french finishing school and eats all her fruit with a knife and fork.

...but she's baffled by a toilet that isn't just a hole in the floor?


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#31 JohnM

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:23 PM

My wife's cousin went to a french finishing school and eats all her fruit with a knife and fork.

It really does come to something when a frenchy has to show our chaps the way.

My wife's cousin went to a french finishing school

 

 

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#32 GeordieSaint

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:04 PM

I've never been in the forces but I imagine that standing up when a superior walks in the room should be normal practice.


That tends to be tradition in the 'posher' Battalion/Regimental Messes... i.e. Cavalry, RIFLES, SCOTS (Cowan is former Black Watch) and RHA units. It is much less common in most Army units.

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