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Tuesday, 30 July 2013


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Well, I don't know a damned thing about quantum physics (nor do I want to) but I can teach you to knit and even crochet if you like.
Just let me know when you're ready. I'll provide the wool and needles - you should probably start with a scarf. Any idiot can knit or crochet a scarf.

Hah, how wrong can you be Andra?

I've had multiple lessons on knitting, crocheting and sewing (Grandma, Mother, sisters and even that nice CSM in basic - please don't ask what he threatened to do with the bobbin of thread. I survived by bartering bulling skills for 'sew this damn rank/unit patch on' services) and still can't manage to cast on, figure out which end of the needle to hold or thread) I am quite good at causing self-inflicted minor injuries though).

So, some of us idiots ... oh? Forget I said anything.

What are bulling skills?

As in 'bullshit', that is, polishing and cleaning military style.

Actually, I remember a bloke in 9 Sqdn Engineers who used to knit. I sat opposite him once in a plane on the way to a drop. Long row of paratroopers all kitted up, weapon bags, steel helmets and so forth - and this bloke sitting there knitting! Somehow it didn't quite fit the image - but they were an eccentric lot in 9 Sqdn.

Didn't sailors used to knit, Duffers?

Ermmmm... Perhaps you are thinking of 'knit-picking' dm.

Andra, don't believe a word of it.

'Bulling' is the regimental British military tradition of designating those troops chosen to maintain the peace, and proper decorum, by mounting bovine horns on their helmets. Since other weapons were not allowed, should the miscreant attempt to resist .... Thus the origin of the term 'to be charged with a crime'.



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