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Old 17th Aug 2018, 20:49
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I lived in the Middle East for 2 1/2 years. It is known there as Asharq al-Awsat which means Middle East.

Still kicking. 65 on Monday but retiring in 76 days
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Old 17th Aug 2018, 22:21
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Hi all who read this, I obviously wasn't quite clear enough in my going West bit. I didn't mention
anything about reaching any particular place ( Far East, Middle East etc ) I only mentioned a
direction ( West ). So if you constantly travel West you will never end up traveling East. Hope
this clears it up?
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Old 17th Aug 2018, 23:28
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I was at RAF Sharjah 1963-64 and it was a part of "Air Forces Middle East".
I was at RAF Akrotiri 1965-67 and it was a part of "Near East Air Force".
Presumably there was a reason for the different nomenclature but I never found out what it was.
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 01:07
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In the 1960s I remember the term "Near East" referred to the countries of the Levant or Eastern Med. Aden, as far as the Army was concerned was HQ MELF (Middle East Land Forces).
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 05:09
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Remember when computer punch cards always had the "Do not fold, spin or mutilate" instruction printed on them?
Never did figure out how to spin a paper card and damned if I'll look it up now.
Have known a few computers I could do all that to, quite happily.

(Three minutes after I wrote the above, the display driver stopped working (that's a new one!) but did recover.)

Last edited by meadowrun; 18th Aug 2018 at 05:36. Reason: new fault, not new driver. driver is 7.
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 05:27
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Congratulations Lasernigel! Went by fast, didn’t it?
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 07:28
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From memory, which may or may not be flaky, I thought the instruction was "Do not fold, spindle or mutilate" Either or, it didn't make much sense to me either!
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 07:50
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You are right.
Didn't figure that out either. It never came up, but it was always there.
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 12:19
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I remember it being:

"Do not fold, spike, staple or mutilate"

WRT RAF overseas Command nomenclature, weren't Malta, Gibralter, Idres and El Adem part of NEAF?
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 15:27
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Think you’re right Ian16th. During my tour on Cyprus I did detachments in all but Gibraltar. I thought Idres was a rather pleasant place... El Adem not as much so, if at all!
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 07:42
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Sheep falls from crag onto hiker

A teenage hiker in Northern Ireland was stretchered off a mountain after being hit by a falling sheep. He was walking on Slieve Bearnagh in the Mourne Mountains, Co Down, when the sheep fell from a crag. He was treated in hospital and discharged.

The sheep was uninjured and left the scene unaided.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 07:50
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That's cheered me up.

Did he check he still had his wallet? It could have been trying to fleece him.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 07:54
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Reference “Do not fold, spindle or mutilate”.

A spindle is a desk spike, as used when an editor “spiked” a story. They were most often used in places like offices and restaurants to spike used cheques and receipts. The point being they were useful for holding things - but had an extra hole, with inevitable consequences for a computer punch card.


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Old 19th Aug 2018, 16:41
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The medical community finally got the spike outlawed.
They were seeing far too many holes in hands.
Everyone gave up their spikes for a copy of "Out Boxes and Filing Cabinets for Dummies".
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 20:03
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What is it, a spindle or a spike?

Don't tell him spike.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 22:34
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There is a small area in Southampton ( England ) which is known by the locals as "Spike Island"
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 22:45
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Times are tough in NSW right now.
"We're going to need a bigger bird bath".........comes to mind..
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 23:16
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Back home after blatting around Europe. Happy pax.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 23:43
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There is a small area in Southampton ( England ) which is known by the locals as "Spike Island"
There is also a Spike Island in Widnes.
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Old 20th Aug 2018, 11:00
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61 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.
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