Martin

Martin

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    Having a personal friend who was a officer-terrier 23 SAS - I met his whole platoon on one occasion The people in the sand-coloured berets have an almost opposite culture to the mob who wear maroon. There's a certain truth...
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    Maroon, red, same difference Too true. I'm red/green colour blind, so it's even less of a difference to me (at one point in the 1980s, our pipe band uniform jacket apparently changed from "rifle green", to "archer green"; nope, not...
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    Paras are red berets, not redcaps. Sort of. In the UK, you'd be more likely to have heard them described as "maroon berets" rather than "red" - as you've correctly pointed out, this differentiates them from the Royal Military Police......
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    Cummings has another motive, closer to home; according to various sources, his parents have been... interpreting the planning rules creatively... So, that "separate property" he stayed at while he was playing "different rules for the likes of me", is apparently...
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    Some systems running even on Windows, for example, check executable files against a database of known ones, and if they do not find a match, pass the executable on to a service to analyze it further, either statically or even...
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    Then the book was wrong I don't doubt it - but I wasn't going to argue too hard with an seven-year-old about the rules of heraldry, while he was determined to dress as Sir Gadabout, The Worst Knight in the...
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    It could be fun. I made a shield for firstborn’s primary school “dress up as your favourite book character” day. The layers of cardboard, glued together crossply with a slight curve, with proper arm straps built in. Got told by...
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    When things get really ratty, people tend to head for comforting safe tales from youth. So in an era of tzompantli, I rather suspect that the UK Gold style of programming will leap up in popularity; 1970s/80s sitcoms like “The...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    My 78yo parents have, we think, both had the virus. Dad had all the symptoms, but didn’t need hospital treatment; and Mum had a light cough (her infection control is good, but not that good). But then, she never caught...
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    You should use real thin wine bottles. If you use a Coke bottle it just goes THUNK and doesn't shatter when it hits a tank. This. We ran a “Molotov Cocktail Range” at one of the urban fighting complexes...
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    You are STILL twisting what I say to create straw men! I've provided sources that declare the full scope of Argentinian military involvement (their official declassified inquiry into the sequence of events and planning). You've provided nothing, except some vague...
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    So... mindful of the ever-present risk of being wrong, I did some more digging into the Wikipedia reference that the scrap-metal dealers were infiltrated by Argentine Special Forces; namely, Nicholas Van der Bijl's book "Nine Battles to Stanley". The author...
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    I’m impressed. Faced with direct links to an interview with their employer, and the official national archive sites and raw data for both the British, and the Argentinian, official classified reviews of the events on South Georgia, stating that the...
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    On the contrary, there is a LOT of evidence that Thatcher had been told of the forthcoming invasion, and determinedly refused to believe it or even get it investigated. Put simply: No. There isn't. The various intelligence and counter-intelligence services...
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    But when the Thatcher government knew the Argentines were thinking of invasion they decided to remove the Endurance. Sorry, but IMHO that's rather a drastic oversimplification - and suggesting that "Thatcher knew about the invasion" is right up there with...
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    I went there to umpire a jungle warfare exercise in the early nineties; Guatemalan rhetoric was only just winding down, but they were still producing maps of Guatemala that included Belize City, and didn’t show a border. We were exercising...
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    While the principle of preferring a negotiated settlement to the conflict is indeed correct, the question is whether (when dealing with a Fascist dictatorship) there is good faith on the other side. At what point do you accept that negotiation...
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    Maybe in the UK but here you will be sent home from school until a doc proves you don't have it anymore. License costs for barbers, doctors' fees afterwards - it's a nice little earner for someone, certainly. Our kids...
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    Hey, in central NC, people on NextDoor are trying to see who they can get to come to their house to get such done. First it is grounds for the loss of license. When I first hear this pointed out...
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    Unit replacement was part of the point. Crane out the dud one, crane in a good one and off you go again while someone else repairs the dud one in slow time. This is particularly useful when you've only got...
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    Blitz v. 9/11 comparisons: while the Luftwaffe didn't cause too much damage in Edinburgh; they had a good try at obliterating Clydebank, to the west of Glasgow, over two consecutive nights in 1941. Shipyards and oil storage; so out of...
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    You can use the west coast route from Edinburgh, but it requires a 40-mile dogleg along the busiest motorway in Scotland, the M8 (the main Edinburgh-Glasgow road link) which goes right through the centre of Glasgow, and guess what it's...
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    ...I agree with absolutely everything you've said in that post. Putin doesn't have his army in the Ukraine because he wants to conquer it, he has them there because it shows the Near Abroad that Russia is to be feared....
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    Insufficiently cynical. Regardless of how much of a near-miss was had by Boris, he's got a great excuse to keep his head down, because there's nothing to be gained from "being seen to be in charge". I don't expect Boris...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    True - the problem isn’t that the economy doesn’t provide, the problem is that the black economy provides in the gaps; and the interface between criminal and legal economy creates corruption. Much like the alcohol industry in Prohibition-era USA (insert...
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    There is another article about a German commander who compared tactical nukes to "duelling in closed rooms with hand grenades". Sounds about right. The other memorable yet depressing quote was “small towns in Germany are generally 10kt apart”. IIRC,...
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    Unfortunately for Europe, current political tradition means total corruption, no industry, no infrastructure, no organization and complete subordination to American interests in the region. So... little change, then. I’ve mentioned before that Dad was posted to a British Embassy in...
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    Then you are DEFINITELY either too young to remember or are choosing to select a different period. As I said, the main problems were in the 1950s and 1960s, and the USA had become almost sane by 1970, and much...
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    Modern NATO is not a defensive alliance - there's no is no adversary they can possibly defend from. It is not an alliance - its members never faced even a possibility of incursion to assemble. These statements are untrue. What...
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    You may be too young to remember... I was "aware" from the late 1970s, joined the TA in 1984, and stayed in until 2006. I'm also aware that SS-20 was deployed by the USSR from 1976, well before Pershing-2 and...
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