nope it was of the tent variety, sure it was by the beach in Wales and there was a pub nearby.... but i took half as a holiday with friends and half running up and down the hills to get ready for the fitness tests. Timid, i hear you cry and admittedly it was hardly up to scratch with D of E, or anything else for that matter, but considering it was dam freezing, rained, my feet hurt from running and my friends didn't let me get to sleep for a week i feel it was serious ;-)
At least serious enough to defend myself...... poorly!
Spookily, I'm off to Wales in a tent myself next week, I kid you not!
You can't beat getting back to nature, scrabbling around on your hands & knees in the mud, bawling & shouting at the wife & kids, not to mention other peoples kids, in an atmoshere similar to a Kurdish refugee camp, with little trails of smoke emitting from each closely-packed tent, a blade of grass floating in every cup of tea, and mud on your knees even if it isn't muddy. (why does that always happen?).
You can't even be subtle going to the loo as the whole indigenous population know your intent when you stride off boldly across the field, frowning, with a bog roll under one arm, Telegraph under t'other.
You should have told us we could have made it a Rum Ration annual holiday! Make sure your camping around Newgale beach, just below St Davids, 5 quid pppn, a huge sandy beach, free hot showers, a pub close prox to towns ect.
and best of all, when you boldly stroll off to the bog you can rest assured that everyone knows your about to do your duty on some of the cleanest toilets in the land!
Btw did i hear it claimed many posts ago that you were an AFCO? if so i don't suppose you are from the London office are you?
haha thats painful! I had a similar situation, only after the bit with the letter the conversation went a bit like this
"Ok, well I was about to go down to a boat show but... ah right well we had you down in our diary for next month... there has obviously been some kind of mistake...... I'm going to fire my secretary.... I'll come down and see you."
It was one of those times that turning up early with the right paperwork really paid off!
Either way your posts reminded me of my AFCO, who i have now found out is away from the office until the 26th.... which isnt very helpful really, i want my pre BRNC brief!
Theres a lot of stuff in the entry pack, a lot of it thinly veiled warning about how tough its going to be! Not to mention a continuation of 'aptitude tests' more leadership exams, a written essay on you life so far ect. Daunting stuff.