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Old 12th June 2018, 01:30
knighta knighta is offline  
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In 1998, I demonstrated my incompetence as a skier by colliding with a tree. I was in a coma for 4 days. When I re-surfaced, the Doctor, checking to see if I was brain-damaged, asked me "Who are you?" I replied "R852482". At a very primitive level of consciousness, that Discharge Book number is central to one's identity.
When I told that story in a pub, most of the men in the bar rattled off their service number.
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Old 12th June 2018, 08:57
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R852482 R681193 Queen Victoria Hospital and 'Various'.

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In 1998, I demonstrated my incompetence as a skier by colliding with a tree. I was in a coma for 4 days. When I re-surfaced, the Doctor, checking to see if I was brain-damaged, asked me "Who are you?" I replied "R852482". At a very primitive level of consciousness, that Discharge Book number is central to one's identity.
When I told that story in a pub, most of the men in the bar rattled off their service number.
A very good, slightly chilly, UK morning to you knighta.

Yes, the 'D' number does lodge in the 'D' for Doctor, Dormant and Downhill (skiing).

Read your CV and see you include Palm Line amongst your 'companies'. Presume EDs, my old outfit, were just about still going then?

Know your hometown rather well. Had an extremely memorable 'alongside' there Christmas in '63 involving inspecting the Canadian Fleet (seriously); Christmas lunch at the magnificent house of the chief surgeon of your hospital, which was on the left hand side, up a hill set well back from the road with others of a similar calibre as neighbours. Could continue but won't as it reminds me of my ludicrous, suicidal 'placement' of a Christmas tree on our topmast.

Cheers for now and 'Happy, tree free, skidaddling'.

GGG


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