One year in the early 80s while serving our time on the “Special Projects” anti terrorist team, we were finding it hard to relax knowing that almost everyone else in the country is winding down enjoying off time with the family, lazy lie in’s, and Christmas drinks etc, as it’s now Christmas week.
But not us…on the team it was basically dry, with a stringent rule that we’re all limited to 2 pints only. Aye, but 2 pints of what…rum, vodka or whiskey?
Way back then, being on constant stand by 24/7 for a 6 month period…at our home base, where we are located with our family, yet can never let our hair down, is pretty tough. To be honest, I’d rather be home on a short stand down after months away, knowing that my time is completely my own.
It’s times like this, leading an almost constant monastic lifestyle, that the lads can be at their most restless and therefore begin to get playful…give them an inch and…
80s style “ghostbusting.”
One morning I came into the team’s “hanger” to find a couple of mates giggling away crouched over the front end of one of the team’s Range Rover vehicles. “What’s up” I asked? As I approached them I could see one of them with an assault knife in his hand, and the other wiping dust from the front of the bonnet.
From the mid 70s, the Special Projects Team had been equipped with Range Rovers. We now had the version where the Range Rover name on the front of the bonnet was basically printed letters, as opposed to metallic raised letters…cost cutting I’m sure.
The lads had decided in their “wind down” mode, to “wind up” the headshed. By scraping off the relevant letters and parts thereof, in order to eventually read HANG OVER and no longer RANGE ROVER.
Well needless to say, it went down like a led balloon with the headshed!
We could all imagine ourselves getting crashed out, and having to assault some old empty building somewhere in an isolated corner of Britain for our penance.
But thankfully the headshed’s sense of humour must have leaked through eventually…as we all spent Christmas Day with our families and friends.
The two pints of whisky went down a treat!
Everyone needs humour in their lives, it helps to make the world go around, and everyone needs a wee break now and again, no matter who you are.
Merry Christmas everyone, and Merry Christmas to those young warriors serving today, and keeping us all safe over the holidays. x