Started by Last Hussar, 02 January 2021, 04:23:13 PM
Quote from: holdfast on 12 February 2021, 05:55:20 PMThe problem with Brits and cricket is that no military situation can be described without a cricketing reference. In a NATO HQ in the Balkans I had to beg the Brits to stop referring to Sticky Wickets, fading light, out for a duck and bowling from the gasworks end and tell them just to say what was actually happening in words of as few syllables as possible.
Quote from: mollinary on 12 February 2021, 06:37:13 PMIf I recall correctly, you missed out "putting them on the back foot", "that was a bit of a googly". and "swinging it both ways". On second thoughts, perhaps the last one had another meaning which escaped me at the time?
Quote from: Last Hussar on 12 February 2021, 11:36:55 PMIt's not our fault you don't speak English.
Quote from: holdfast on 14 February 2021, 12:09:57 PMIn my experience in the 1980s the young officers were actually better than they thought they were, and in several cases the sergeants weren't as good as they thought they were.