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Is there an official RAF "Adult Beverage"

Old 28th Mar 2017, 19:57
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Tiger, straight; tops is for girls. A couple of duty free then a pick-up taxi to town. Ah, the joys of being young and single.
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Old 28th Mar 2017, 20:47
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Slow, and with the Victor crew we finished up in a timber yard.

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Old 28th Mar 2017, 21:11
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 00:57
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Originally Posted by goudie View Post
So one could survive a bout of malaria but become an alcoholic in the process!
You could always just drink the tonic water and skip the gin

(perish the thought)
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 12:46
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When one was a baby Flying Officer, ones then "squeeze" was what some years later would be called a "Sloane" - flat in Dolphin Square, mother living in large house in Pimlico etc etc.

One Easter we were invited to Mother's for lunch. As "distressed gentility" Ma had sequentially let the lower storeys of big house, and lived in the top flat. Struggled up the stairs - a lot fitter then! - to be met by imposing large lady (think Margaret Rutherford or Alastair Sim in drag), very much the "galleon in full sail".

Hand crunching handshake with extensive pumping of forearm.

Ma: So you're Teeters eh? (real first name omitted for security purposes!)
Teeters: Mmmmmm (still wincing from broken hand)
Ma: You're a pilot in the RAF aren't you (pause) well, you'll have a gin and tonic then won't you!

No arguments there .........
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 15:39
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Now to make the Real Ale Brigade cringe.

One evening a long time ago a little Red Barrel appeared on the bar. Now the House Ale was Carrington's which was drunk under sufferance as APOs on National Service pay could not afford to drink G & T for all of the month. Anyway despite being charged a 1d premium a pint we decided to give it a go. However at about a quarter to ten the steward announced it had run out.
Now a young single staff pilot (it could even have been a member of these for fora) announced that he knew that "that silly barrel wouldn't last all evening".
Several months later Carringtons' donated 7 kegs to boost their flagging sales, these were consumed at some do foc and after that it was never drunk again.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 15:55
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Thank Heaven for CAMRA. Without them, we'd all still be drinking Red Barrel or Tankard.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 16:11
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Herod or even Harp.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 16:41
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I refer you, Teeters, to Hogarth cartoons on the subject of Gin. Terribly vulgar. My son tells of a politician overheard in a London 'offie' requesting "Gin, the cheapest, it's for my staff." The politician has since 'shuffled off.'

Had always imagined you as drinking sweet South African 'Sherry.'

For Herod, I occasionally motor past the Wadworth Brewery, and give thanks that such as Wadworths kept the faith in the awful days of Red Barrel and Tankard. I give you Summer Lightning.
Talking of SA Sherry. I discovered a Portugese favourite while there. Called Katemba, it really was red wine, preferably dry, and coke with ice. A substitute was indeed SA sherry and coke. My. A few of those and you really were heading for lal la land.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 16:45
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Or that other disgusting concoction favoured by the youth in the 60s, rum and coke, or Bacardi and coke for the sophisticated
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 17:02
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Port......
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 17:22
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Port......
Will that be with Lemon, Sir, ...... or without ? .....
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 17:30
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I recall having an official booklet which having told you what to do with your embossed cards, went on to rule that one should have only one sherry before dinner as any more would spoil your palette.
Port....I preferred the Madeira.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 17:53
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ISTR port and brandy was a recommended cure for a hangover....Hair of the dog and all that.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 18:29
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Snake Bite, followed by Serum; even more effective than OSLO (1 Sqn Leg Opener).
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 19:05
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Or that other disgusting concoction favoured by the youth in the 60s, rum and coke, or Bacardi and coke for the sophisticated
Rum and peppermint??
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 19:18
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Or that other disgusting concoction favoured by the youth in the 60s, rum and coke, or Bacardi and coke for the sophisticated
Hmm, a cheap and nasty version of the real Cuba Libre...

As regards beers, who recalls the vile 'Alpine lager' served in some Yorkshire OMs (e.g. Leeming in PCL days). The wretched stuff didn't keep and smelled like a combination of rotten eggs and pine lavatory cleaner...

Pom Pax, the booklet to which you refer was probably Gp Capt Stradling's Customs of the Service, if memory serves. Included such gems as the correct etiquette for leaving calling cards when first posted to a new station.....

Do people stand up when the PMC enters the ante room these days?
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 19:29
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Do people even know the PMC?

I remember once when the stn cdr came in to the ante room one Saturday morning in a sweater when mess rules required jacket and tie or crafts. He was given a stiff ignoring.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 22:06
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The 'Baron Special'

A 3(F) Sqn aircrew drink probably dating from WW1 RFC days ... A secret recipe handed down from Junior pilot to his choice of replacement JP and sworn to secrecy.. Allegedly banned and went 'underground' in the early 80s in GŁt .. Something about a court martial and a refusal to let the President know the ingredients ;-)
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 22:50
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I heard it was the age old potion known as a "Shirley Temple".
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