It’s all becoming clear

November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Today we remember the millions of men and women who have served, were injured or were killed in the service of The United Kingdom and it’s commonwealth. Over the last few days I have been thinking about the cuts to our armed forces and something has dawned on me.   Part […]

EU Kills The Land Rover

August 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

We read that Land Rover confirms new version of its Defender model, according to the BBC. Good news, it seems? Innovation? Progress? The current Defender was first introduced in 1948 and has gone on to enjoy sales of more than two million around the world. Its basic design has changed […]

Trusting Online Maps

November 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

We’ve often heard about rogue sat-navs causing drivers to end up stuck in fields or over cliffs. But there’s a big difference between taking computer guidance seriously and….invading the country next door. Based upon an error in Google Maps, it’s claimed that Nicaraguan troops have invaded Costa Rica by crossing […]

New Look Armed Forces Revealed

October 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Some in-depth analysis when the Zen calming exercises start to work. Update: Actually not going to bother. Any plan which involves pouring an extra £2 billion into the pockets of Somalian warlords and Pakistan government officials thinking that it will be a better guarantor of our security than maintaining a […]

eBay Find Of The Day

September 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Possibly a consideration for the SDSR (Strategic Defence and Strategy Review)?Certainly it is proof positive that you can get  just about anything on eBay. Your very own long range bomber; one careful owner, some scratches but complete with logbook and documentation. A snip at £10m ONO. Well spotted by ASE […]

A Medal For Doing Nothing

May 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Last week, Sir Donald MacLean, former President of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association died. The Brighton bomb, intended to kill Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet, was planted in Donald and Muriel’s bathroom and Muriel was one of the seven who died. It took a week to do so from […]

More ID Cards By The Back Door

April 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Seen over on Labour to create Veterans ID card The Labour Party have pledged to provide free ID cards for forces’ leavers if re-elected to government. “A veterans ID card will help veterans access their improved benefits and will be free to service leavers,” says the manifesto. “We will […]

True Grit

March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Spotted today on the Helmand blog, which is run by Major Paul Smyth from the UK Forces Media Ops team based at Camp Bastion. A soldier of 3 RIFLES has been talking about his decision to pick up a live Taleban hand grenade and throw it back in an attempt to save […]

Selly Oak Hospital And The Casualties Of The Afghanistan War

March 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

There’s an interesting article with that title in the Birmingham Post today. Whilst it contains several phrases which drive TheEye to distraction including the inaccurate, fatuous, shallow and trite “Rather than having dozens of small hospitals dotted around the country the military decided to pool medical resources.” (read 13th Spitfire’s […]

Exercise Macaque Attack

October 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Nobody can say that MoD planners in Whitehall don’t have a sense of humour when it comes to naming things. When it starts tomorrow, Exercise Macaque Attack will be the first full-squadron size exercise to have taken place at RAF Gibraltar for several years. Six Tornado GR4s of XIII Squadron, […]