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Checking on a potential 'Mitty'

Old 15th Sep 2016, 10:55
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And I thought writing about non-publics on Sunday afternoon (on another thread) might be seen as "anal", although I am sure I am now better educated, but not sure I am any wiser (to paraphrase a comment made in court many years ago by a famous barrister and, no, no I cannot recall who it was)
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Old 15th Sep 2016, 13:17
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..to paraphrase a comment made in court many years ago and, no, no I cannot recall who it was - Wander00

It was the famous F E Smith, later Lord Birkenhead, and there are two known variations, namely:

“Judge: I've listened to you for an hour and I'm none wiser.
Smith: None the wiser, perhaps, my lord but certainly better informed.”

“Judge: I have read your case, Mr Smith, and I am no wiser now than I was when I started.
Smith: Possibly not, My Lord, but far better informed.”


I trust that you now feel "certainly better informed" - or at least "better informed"....

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Old 15th Sep 2016, 16:43
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UJ, thanks, the name came to me later, and I did say paraphrased...........
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Old 15th Sep 2016, 17:00
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SATCOS WHIPPING BOY

OK. Well done. I wondered who would be the first to spot that.
But it still does not compute.

Aaron.
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Old 15th Sep 2016, 19:33
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We had a correction in post #120. If you multiply the 5 that your number ends with 1 rather than 5, your total is 296. 296 modulo 23 is 20. The 21st letter starting from A and skipping I and O is W.
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Old 15th Sep 2016, 20:42
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My God, my brain hurts! I'm glad I was there when it was only numbers. I left in '76, but when I joined the VR(T) in '84 to fly the Chippie, my number was still the same.
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Old 16th Sep 2016, 12:10
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For what it's worth, and I suspect it's not very much, the letter on the calculation came out as a Q when in fact I was an R. Is there a ServiceNumber4U claim lawyers I can contact? I feel diddled.
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Old 16th Sep 2016, 13:46
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If we think RAF numbering is difficult, the army changed their sysytem for a "new" one seven times between 1810 [demi-official] and now.

1829, 1856, 1873, 1881, 1920, 1942, 2007 [JPA]

The changes were sufficient and sufficiently often to allow, with ease, several soldiers in the same regiment to have identical numbers. Rather defeated the purpose of a number, I thought.
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Old 16th Sep 2016, 22:02
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I accuse langleybaston of using reason, common sense and logic while commenting on the lunacy of the services numbering system!
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Old 16th Sep 2016, 22:09
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Guilty as charged.

Send him down!
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Old 17th Sep 2016, 10:42
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Back to the subject of the thread, at the advanced age of 69 I have become a grandfather for the first time, and my son and his partner have named their son Walter. Pleased to report that when we saw him on our first visit yesterday, the day after his birth, he wasn't (as yet) wearing any unauthorised medals or ribbons on his babygrow
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Old 17th Sep 2016, 15:02
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Originally Posted by langleybaston
If we think RAF numbering is difficult, the army changed their sysytem for a "new" one seven times between 1810 [demi-official] and now.

1829, 1856, 1873, 1881, 1920, 1942, 2007 [JPA]

The changes were sufficient and sufficiently often to allow, with ease, several soldiers in the same regiment to have identical numbers. Rather defeated the purpose of a number, I thought.
No problem .. the Army's so small they all know each other nowadays. It won't be long before the RAF goes to 4-digit numbers, and the RN use a couple of letters.

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Old 17th Sep 2016, 16:30
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Back to the subject of the thread, at the advanced age of 69 I have become a grandfather for the first time, and my son and his partner have named their son Walter. Pleased to report that when we saw him on our first visit yesterday, the day after his birth, he wasn't (as yet) wearing any unauthorised medals or ribbons on his babygrow


Congratulations TTN to you and the "youngsters" May Walter grow and enjoy less interesting times.
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Old 17th Sep 2016, 19:14
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Thanks Shack. Mrs TTN is chuffed too, but is already getting fed up with me calling her "granny"!
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Old 17th Sep 2016, 20:41
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Calling her granny isn't the bad bit.

For you every night is 'grab a granny night' from now on.

Congrats.
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Old 17th Sep 2016, 22:54
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TTN - many congratulations to you all. The best bit is you can hand them back to parents and exit stage left
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Old 18th Sep 2016, 10:47
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Not these days - half our friends have been strong-armed into Grannying small children - starts as an hour or so a day and before you know it it's full-time, unpaid child care.........................
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Old 18th Sep 2016, 11:51
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Cunning rule for grandparents:

never but never move "to be nearer the children" because:

1. you will be suckered with grandchild-minding then, just as you become doddery,

2. the children move away from you, leaving you stuck somewhere you did not choose.

Seen it happen time after time.

Our four are 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours away respectively. And the nearest is a bit close for comfort.
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Old 18th Sep 2016, 18:17
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Yeah - if they want to see us there's a perfectly good long distance railway system or even Ryanair available
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Old 19th Sep 2016, 00:00
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Thanks for the good wishes and advice chaps.

When it seemed as though we weren't ever going to become grandparents we consoled ourselves with the thought that we were saving a fortune and not having to do all the stuff you mention.

All changed now - ah well!
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