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« Reply #645 on: September 20, 2022, 01:17:45 AM »

As expected, the funeral was still on the news today, but at least it was only partial coverage. Officially, the country comes out of mourning today, but the royals themselves remain in it for another week. The standard text says it takes 3 months to 3 years to get over the death of a loved one under normal, (psychologically) healthy conditions.

I guess some private time is better than none.

Parliament is sitting again, the cost of living crisis has once more to be dealt with. So far our new PM has acted to ensure the continued profits of energy companies. Because obviously, they aren't making enough money with their record profits and all.

Funny that just a few months ago the smaller ones were all going out of business. We get a mini-budget on Friday where we've been promised tax cuts. I am going to bet that they are mostly corporate-type tax cuts with maybe a sop towards the general public. The protracted election process for our new leader really left everyone hanging in the lurch.

Got my resettlement brief to attend today. It should take up most of the morning. The best of that means I get to miss the morning briefs that just feel increasingly irrelevant to me.
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« Reply #646 on: September 20, 2022, 02:04:27 PM »

Ok, the first settlement brief is over and done with. There were a few familiar faces including one of my ex-bosses. 75% of the time, she was just a regular person to work for, but man that other 25% of the time... We used to track her periods better than she did and then everyone would try to book leave for that week. Another guy I used to work beside was also there. As I was leaving I bumped into that ex-bosses, ex-boss. He was a decent guy and I liked him. Last I'd heard, he had taken a post out in Cyprus. Guess he is back now.

Wow, has it really been 3 years?

I spent the afternoon looking at courses I am entitled to go and do. There were not as many as I was expecting, and the only two that interested me would involve travelling down to the south of England. I think that is a bit more effort than I want to put into just to get what would only be updated versions of qualifications I already have. One was for household electrical wiring and the other was a First Aid course. I was looking at a program called Troops to Teachers, which encourages ex-forces personnel to become teachers after they leave. I'd thought about teaching Primary Schools, but it looks like you have to go for Secondary School and only in maths, physics, chemistry and biology. I am surprised English wasn't on the list. It says that depending on what you teach, you can get a £40,000 payout, but none of the subjects listed offered over £28,000. Not something I have a super big urge to go and do though, just thought I'd check it out and look into the option.

Mind you, I'd put money on being able to tell you exactly what the first question any kid would ask any soldier when they find out they are ex-forces. Been asked that one a few times.

Just had a policewoman at the door. That was a surprise. Turned out she was just looking to speak to Kristi. Unfortunately, she pressed the doorbell rather a long time and managed to wake up Ash just after I'd gotten him to sleep. I went upstairs to check on him and he wasn't in his bed. Couldn't find him upstairs, so started shouting for him. Somehow he'd managed to get downstairs past me. Fairly convinced it involved teleportation. I was at the front door for less than a minute.

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« Reply #647 on: September 21, 2022, 05:36:57 PM »

After weeks of arguing with a computer system, I finally got it to do as it was told, and get it to work long enough for me to get an assessment completed so I can use it in the future. I also worked out how many days I have left to work, and taking out holidays, weekends and the like, I have just over 100 days still to go in uniform. Cuts it down a lot from the 205 days. Karl is writing what should be my final annual assessment, although the problem is that he will also have to do a leaving assessment.

Like I care what will be in either of those. Pointless paperwork exercise.

Well, without paper since it is done on computers, but still.

Looks like Putin is having to respond to the somewhat desperate conditions his floundering invasion has found itself in. I wonder how much training the troops he is calling up will get? I guess since it is reservists who have had some training already, they won't need quite as much as raw recruits (and the training for raw recruits is being shortened). I had said earlier, I expected Russia to struggle and be forced to call up more troops. I'd expect they will launch a renewed offensive after winter and spring have passed, but if Putin is desperate enough he may just commit them to battle earlier. How they will do and how well they will be supplied, well that will be interesting. Prisoners are being offered early release and cash incentives to sign up as assault troops. I wonder if the Russian people will be willing to take the levels of casualties that their soldiers look likely to suffer? Putin might have a tight grip on Russian society, but it isn't anywhere near as tight as Stalin's was as the media is showing signs of slipping out of his grip, openly speaking against the Kremlin. Internationally, his threats of using nuclear weapons seem to be getting laughed at. He has threatened it too many times over the years and now no one is taking them seriously. All in all, this has terrible for his strongman image. I wonder if it is a terminal blow to his authority or can he recover? Either side can still win this war.

Only time will tell. As the Chinese curse says: May you live in interesting times.

Our D&D group tonight actually managed to spend more time accidentally hitting each other than they did the various undead creatures they were supposed to be fighting. At one point, one of the monsters stopped fighting us and just asked "What the hell guys?" Although I had more than my fair share of fumble rolls, they at least ended up with things like stumbling or falling down a pit. Afterwards, we had a roleplay bit where I was having a good go at the other party members for shooting and stabbing each other. A bit ironic considering my character, Merriweather has already secretly assassinated two other party members. They deserved it though (I justify it under the classification of "People I Killed Because They Annoyed Me"). Mind you, there was almost a third addition to that list. A new guy has joined us (playing a paladin) and kept telling my character what to do (things that generally he has seen her already do in the sessions we've played so far like checking for traps or scouting ahead). Anyway, about the third or fourth time, it was my action and he told me what to do I had my character simply growl at him "I know my job and I've been doing it a damn sight longer than you." Anyway, after that, the paladin decided to shut up.

Got a "targetted" advert asking me to meet women over 60. What the actual f**k? I've never had a partner who was older than me and I don't have some weird fetish for checking out older women so I am not sure where the hell that came from. Not that I have anything against older women, it is just the way life worked out. Yeah, that advert can go on the blocked list along with all the other ones promising me I'll find the perfect woman in eastern Europe, somewhere in Asia or wherever the hell else they are going on about.

Had a guy ask me to help him fill in some forms he was unfamiliar with today. It is stuff I deal with on a regular basis and legally speaking it is quite important to fill in correctly, so I sat him down beside me and started going through each of the areas of the form he needed to fill in. For the first three boxes, I was telling him what to write, but he put completely different things in. I corrected him each time, but by the fourth box, I just thought "You know what, f**k it. If he isn't going to listen then it is on his head" and I let him fill in whatever the hell he liked. It isn't my name on the paperwork.

Oh well, time to go to bed and read some old Conan stuff. Catch you on the flip side and have a good night.
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« Reply #648 on: September 25, 2022, 01:10:47 AM »

Finally got the transport down to Cranwell sorted. Since we leave tomorrow it was nice of the other section I had to deal with to get their fingers out of their arses and actually do their effing job. Still got to sort out one part of the journey home, but it is only a 15-mile stretch and I have another 5 days to deal with that.

Tonight's D&D group kept going slightly off-kilter. The easy group that was supposed to be a quick fight for them came close to someone dying (although I had ways to interfere and prevent that). They then managed to skip the encounters I had planned and then arrived at the next dungeon a level below where I had planned on them being.
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« Reply #649 on: September 25, 2022, 05:09:58 PM »

I've had longer train journeys than this one (12 hours), but I am sure this one felt long. The only brief moment of excitement was when we could smell something burning that smelt very much like an electrical fire. Just as we were moving to raise the alarm, someone mentioned we'd just passed by a fire.

So I am in a room at Cranwell, a place that many people tried to persuade me to go to for the first 4 or 5 years of my career. It is where the comminssioned officer's train. Never had much patience or time for that mob myself. I've met a few who were useful, but not many.

Pretty sure any NCO in any military anywhere in the world will tell you that though.
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