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What's in a Name?

Old 1st Oct 2012, 17:51
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What's in a Name?

I'm frequently fascinated by the names people chose to use here on PPRuNe. And I often wonder how people choose them. Some seem to make sense, but others are completely baffling. I know a lot are devised to protect the guilty, but would anyone care to shed any light on what devious aviation (or otherwise) links you were thinking of when you decided to be Bravo Alpha Lima Lima Siera, or whatever?
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 18:02
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I used to be Gen Bombdebastards after the Kenny Everett charachter, but was asked to change it by the mods after 9/11 happened.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 18:04
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User names......

...I think you'll find somewhere in the dusty archives a thread entitled "origins of user names" or somesuch. It's not trerribly enlightening.

(enjoyed your book/blog/diary thingy BTW. I'm sure I remember you as a sprog when your Dad was driving 120. Dear god that really dates me.)

The Ancient Mariner
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 18:04
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Mine took ages to devise....

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Old 1st Oct 2012, 18:06
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I own a Rover P6 and have a driving licence.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 18:08
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McC, don't try to pretend you thought it up yourself. We know.

Rossian. I was a sprog then. Haven't changed a bit, you know. And the name?
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 20:32
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Oh yeah! I wuz won.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 20:35
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The first 'real' people I encountered in the RAF were the groundcrew on my UAS. On the sign-out desk they had a wooden box on which were mounted two model pilots from the very large-scale Spitfire that Airfix used to produce. The right arms were capable of being glued in any position and had been placed rather lower than would be expected for holding a joystick.

Under the pilots it said, in Letraset, '99 Change Hands'.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 20:38
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This was mine (actual car) when I signed up. A W107 280SL Roadster.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:24
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I was once OC SSF at Waddington
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:29
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One of my navs used to pass me, the stick monkey, a (real) banana when I done good (using one of those car aerial pointers from the back cockpit)
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:29
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If you move appointment and aircraft type every year or less for long enough, very quickly it becomes dificult to work out which tour you are on when people ask.

1st tourist...
2nd tourist....
3rd tourist....
etc ad infinitum....
.....and eventually just Tourist seemed apt.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:33
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Could never get the smell of the Chipmunk starter cartridge cordite out of my nostrils ... I thought my chosen "handle" was preferable to CorditeSniffer
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:42
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I am Russian and was once told a very funny joke - the upshot of which resulted in me chortling so hard that I experienced an embarrasing detachment of my genitals!
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:43
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500N is short for 500 Nitro which is a cartridge I use in a Westley Richards 500 Nitro Double rifle.

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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:44
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On tankers we were rather proud of our position at the bottom of the social heap which was topped by the FJ guys (or so they thought) and relished our nickname of "tankertrash". Oh yes, and I was a nav.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:47
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As an Engineer I was going to have screw loose, but thought I used nuts and bolts more, so I though bollocks, i'll have a nut instead..


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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:50
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Situation Normal etc etc!! Seemed appropriate when I first registered and still feels that way!
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 21:55
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Airborne refers to the first half of my life in the RAF - jumping from C-130's and balloons and Aircrew covers my remaining time as a Loadie...

All very simple...

Quiet in the cheap seats...
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 22:20
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Quite simply, my name is Max and my friend's wife used to call me Maxibon. Not terribly original but then I'm not...
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