My best school mate went to work for WH Smiths in York and eventually became their Buyer for Greetings Cards,he now heads his own consultancy buisness.This bloke would fall in a meat grinder and come out with a Degree in Iso Schematic Polymerisation theory!!!!
making the transition from a bootneck to a civvy was no easy task for me. After I got out I wrote the book Amongst The Marines and later I wrote Always A Marine. The second book described my journey into civvy street.
However, these years on I may have calmed down a bit, but am sure that part of me will ALWAYS be a Marine.
Back in the late 80s/early 90s there was a bootie (ex?) who ran a ninjutsu club in Guzz, with whom I was fortunate to train for a short time. He was at that time one of the country's few 3rd Dan grades. I think he went to the states.
Also, the guy in my second book (Barty) is a 13th Dan now. He was a 10th Dan then, so I would imagine you may understand the level of tuition I have received over the years. Probably not but no big licks really.
I do wish that I knew your real surname as opposed to your pen name' 'suppose I could ask on 'once a marine' the name Preece always reminds me of a welsh name and I 'ates Wales after yomping around that jewel of a place. Even now years later a a welsh accent can make me shudder with the memory of the gronks at Sennybridge and how I used to grovel around them just for a bagoff.
Steve to be quite honest with you I really did believe that was a made up name, straight up.
Monkey hanging bistard!! You drive south straight away to the Transporter or Newport Bridge and pass over into gods country then you will be alright.
Hartlepool 'Jesus that's scary stuff.
Bindu: I would call the Footie Team over there, but they are no where near as poor as the monkey hangers that play for Hartlepool. I mean come on: They hung the monkey here, made a monkey the mascot of the football team and then he goes on to be mayor of Hartlepool!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway: I like the Boro. I prefer shopping there too so there may well be some truth in your love of the area. Also: The Boro should keep viduka as he's a top player.
I left the corps and ended up doing Mr Blobby for the Beeb, answered an ad in the resettlement bullitins about promotion work and driving a landrover, never got to see the landrover though... Blobby came quite easy all I had to do was hit people and fall over, any ex bootneck can do that.