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Went through the ranks, Private upto and past Sergeant major etc, got commissioned after 20 years, left after almost 28 years as a Major, one gunshot wound, 2 shrapnel wounds and a bad case of don't give a shit.

I'm global elite within the globally elite :)
Tell us some war stories grandpa!
 

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Heard a few times that rank is not the beneficiary everyone wants, responsibility ETC... adds coin and less BS though ;)
The higher rank you go the less opportunity you have to kill people...... and of course therefore the less opportunity to get killed, I was in the first UK Battle Group that went into Afghanistan in early 2002, even though I was not patrolling, they still managed to mortar my base though, nice timely reminder that it's not just bullets that kill!
 
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The higher rank you go the less opportunity you have to kill people...... and of course therefore the less opportunity to get killed, I was in the first UK Battle Group that went into Afghanistan in early 2002, even though I was not patrolling, they still managed to mortar my base though, nice timely reminder that it's not just bullets that kill!
Ex 7th Parachute Regt myself, so Artillery Gunner, though we are infantry role too, we are mostly aid to 2/3 Para.
Still underwent some of the most grueling training in the world :)
 
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The higher rank you go the less opportunity you have to kill people...... and of course therefore the less opportunity to get killed, I was in the first UK Battle Group that went into Afghanistan in early 2002, even though I was not patrolling, they still managed to mortar my base though, nice timely reminder that it's not just bullets that kill!
Does the Army have some kind of C-RAM solution in place to protect against that kind of stuff now? I get the impression that it was a pretty common danger in Afghanistan but I've only ever heard of the US having something to deal with it.
 

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I get the impression that it was a pretty common danger in Afghanistan but I've only ever heard of the US having something to deal with it.
Britain been in and out of Afghanistan since it was called the North West Frontier

Wilkie
"Between 1849 and 1947 the military history of the frontier was a succession of punitive expeditions against offending Pashtun (or Pathan) tribes, punctuated by three wars against Afghanistan. Many British officers who went on to distinguished command in the First and Second World Wars learnt their soldiering on the North-West Frontier, which they called the Grim.[3]"

Edit So the americans think it hard to fight in Afghanistan

here is a hard time Especialy if you become a Prisoner of war
Treatment of prisoners-of-war
According to the British officer John Masters, Pathan women in the North-West Frontier Province (1901–1955) of British India during the Anglo-Afghan Wars would castrate non-Muslim soldiers who were captured, especially British and Sikhs.[37][38] Pathan women urinated into prisoners' mouths.[39] A method of execution by this is recorded: captured British soldiers were spread out and fastened with restraints to the ground, then a stick, or a piece of wood was used to keep their mouth open to prevent swallowing. Pathan women then squatted and urinated directly into the mouth of the man until he drowned in the urine, taking turns one at a time. There is an incident mentioned when a Hindu man was brutally raped by a gang of Pashtun women, before they drowned him in their urine.[40][41][42][43][44][45][46] This method of execution was reported to have been practiced specifically by the women of the Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns.[47]
 
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Britain been in and out of Afghanistan since it was called the North West Frontier

Wilkie
"Between 1849 and 1947 the military history of the frontier was a succession of punitive expeditions against offending Pashtun (or Pathan) tribes, punctuated by three wars against Afghanistan. Many British officers who went on to distinguished command in the First and Second World Wars learnt their soldiering on the North-West Frontier, which they called the Grim.[3]"

Edit So the americans think it hard to fight in Afghanistan

here is a hard time Especialy if you become a Prisoner of war
Treatment of prisoners-of-war
According to the British officer John Masters, Pathan women in the North-West Frontier Province (1901–1955) of British India during the Anglo-Afghan Wars would castrate non-Muslim soldiers who were captured, especially British and Sikhs.[37][38] Pathan women urinated into prisoners' mouths.[39] A method of execution by this is recorded: captured British soldiers were spread out and fastened with restraints to the ground, then a stick, or a piece of wood was used to keep their mouth open to prevent swallowing. Pathan women then squatted and urinated directly into the mouth of the man until he drowned in the urine, taking turns one at a time. There is an incident mentioned when a Hindu man was brutally raped by a gang of Pashtun women, before they drowned him in their urine.[40][41][42][43][44][45][46] This method of execution was reported to have been practiced specifically by the women of the Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns.[47]
Relax, old buddy, I was referring to this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter_Rocket,_Artillery,_and_Mortar

The US has a land-based system based on the Phalanx CIWS 20mm weapon that is used at sea to destroy cruise missiles and small targets. On land it is used to protect bases from rocket, artillery and mortar attacks (if it performs as advertised). So I was just curious as to whether Britain as a similar system to protect servicemen abroad, seeing as Britain was, with Canada and the US, well invested in the whole ISAF venture in Afghanistan. Hence I recalled that "only the Americans had something to deal with [mortar attacks]"

You don't need to tell me that Afghanistan is a fucked up place. Everyone's got blood on their hands, not just the Afghans. They haven't had a shred of stability since the days of Daoud Khan back before 1978; instead because of a whole bunch of unfortunate events, the war has never really ended since 1979.
 

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Ex 7th Parachute Regt myself, so Artillery Gunner, though we are infantry role too, we are mostly aid to 2/3 Para.
Still underwent some of the most grueling training in the world :)
I was one of the founding members of the 5th Airborne Brigade, reformed in 1981, deployed to Falkland Islands on the QE2 with them in April 82, I was a LCpl/Cpl in 2 Para's rear Link detachment, went on later to join the Artillery, was a SMIG in the first gulf war.
 
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I was one of the founding members of the 5th Airborne Brigade, reformed in 1981, deployed to Falkland Islands on the QE2 with them in April 82, I was a LCpl/Cpl in 2 Para's rear Link detachment, went on later to join the Artillery, was a SMIG in the first gulf war.
I was only in for a short period of time, 2 years of service with my regiment, 1 tour. Mother fell ill with cancer and well the Regiment would not let me go even after i broke down... so went AWOL, did 3 months military jail and was given the chance to soldier on or quit, i chose to quit as my family comes foremost.

I completely lost it in my head.

Sometimes things come by and sweep you off your feet for bad or for good.
 

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Anyone selling a GTX 970?

The guy in our local SPAR is after one to go with his FX8350 and MSI 970 Gaming.
 
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Anyone selling a GTX 970?

The guy in our local SPAR is after one to go with his FX8350 and MSI 970 Gaming.
What do you think this is? UK craigs list?
 

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I will offer you 75, and a bag of pork scratchings?
 

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I could be persuaded to sell one of my 970's if the price is right. Im looking to make the jump to a 1080

I will be in touch after i have spoken to him.....Ta.
 

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and a bag of pork scratchings?
Price of Pork Scratchings might go through the Roof if we are Stopped from importing pig skins from the EU ( Denmark ) and where will they Find a market for those skins after Britex ?

Little known Rumour
Pork Scratchings are Banned from the House of commons members Bar

Cannibalism the Reason given :)
 
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Price of Pork Scratchings might go through the Roof if we are Stopped from importing pig skins from the EU ( Denmark ) and where will they Find a marketfor those skins after Britex ?
Well it will have to really go up to make it a fair deal since i'm short changing the poor guy, so maybe another 70 quid minimum...
 

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Budweiser: Beer Company Offers All Adults in Wales a Free Budweiser to Celebrate Welsh Football Team.

Budweiser UK said everyone in the country 18 and above would be eligible for a free beer.

A Budweiser UK spokesperson said: “At Budweiser, we’re all about celebrating epic moments, and that’s why we wanted to raise a Bud to the dedication of all the Welsh football fans out there in honour of their recent success, and to show our support ahead of the nation’s next big game – by giving everyone 18+ in Wales a Budweiser on us.

 

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If anyones interested in jumping on the GTX1080 bandwagon - it seems to be a coin toss between ebuyer & Novatech.

for a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X

Scan: £709
Ebuyer: £699.99
Novatech: £689.99

Asus GeForce GTX 1080 ROG STRIX GAMING

Scan: £695
Ebuyer: £670.98
Novatech: £689.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1

Scan: £682
Ebuyer: £609.99
Novatech: £689.99.

Scan just seems to be price gouging. The Gigabyte from Ebuyer is just too cheap to pass up compared to the other retailers though. I have no idea why its priced so low in relation to the others.
 
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If you have free next day delivery then i would go for Scan anyday.
So it seems Portugal is in the finals...i guess i'll be winning £18 or £30 from my office sweepstake from poor performance. :p
 
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The MSI card is woefully overpriced. My chips are down on the Palit GameRock this time around as the go-to card. It looks ugly as balls, but the performance is immense, the cooler is insanely quiet, and the price is bizarrely good.
 

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The cooler doesn't look too bad if im honest,i did like the Jet-stream cooler for the GTX970 at the time before i bought my EVGA,scan currently has the Gamerock edition of GTX1080 for pre-order price of £596.16.
 

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I will probably grab a 1070, at my res (2560 x 1080 ultra wide) I don't see any value in shelling out any more as I only play one game. Gonna also get a Z170 MSI Krait and a i5 6400 as a pet project and do the Bclk non K overclocking thing.... I like a challenge! seen results up to 4.7gig. I can get the Krait for 80 quid and the 6400 for 133, not a bad package for the price.

TBH may just stick with the 290X at moment, it gives me 120fps at ultra on my one game.
 
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Personally i won't be looking at upgrading my system anytime soon,i will be looking at sticking with PC gaming though if sony announces PS5 very early...
 

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Benchmark Scores Look, it's a Ryzen on air........ What's the point?
The MSI card is woefully overpriced. My chips are down on the Palit GameRock this time around as the go-to card. It looks ugly as balls, but the performance is immense, the cooler is insanely quiet, and the price is bizarrely good.
The prices are a tad annoying. Brexit doesn't help either for now with no strong leadership to steady the boat.
 
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