Daily Record: "Gary Barlow Makes Secret Visit To See Our Troops In Afghanistan"

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In pictures: Take That star Gary Barlow makes secret visit to see our troops in Afghanistan - Daily Record

Gary took to the stage on Tuesday to put on a concert for the guys, but, sadly, after performing just two songs, his audience was ordered back to the tents after an alarm was raised.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said, "A performance by Gary Barlow was cut short for operational reasons."

Fortunately, Gary was able to complete his show and it will be shown on TV closer to Christmas.
 
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wave_dodger

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He was in JFC the week before, very odd meeting him there, he's tiny and came across very well. He was very good natured, spent a lot of time being grabbed and photographed in the foyer.
 
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I'm fairly sure that if it were me, after 5 months in Afghanistan I would see an impromptu gig by Gary Barlow as worse than another night watching the wilderness for approaching Taliban!
 

SWS Fag

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Gary took to the stage on Tuesday to put on a concert for the guys, but, sadly, after performing just two songs, his audience was ordered back to the tents after an alarm was raised.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said, "A performance by Gary Barlow was cut short for operational reasons."

Operational reasons being he is shit and morale took a beating when the lads realised a pair of tits on legs wasn't turning up.




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SWS, as I said in another thread - did you just come off a really bad patrol?

I watched this last night (the other choice was Pride and Predjudice) and thought it was very good. You may have watched a different version to the one I saw.

Morale took a beating - yes, the hundreds in the audience looked grim - looked like none of them wanted to e there.

He is a shit? What makes you say that? He came acros as very self effacing, 'not look at me' as some apparently do.

Bet the TA bloke he gave the guitar to thought he as a shit too.



So get your Grinch suit on and clamber back into your box until Jan 6th.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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I guess there's a mutually beneficial trade-off whenever a celebrity visits the Armed Forces & six posts on the same subject by Soleil indicates she probably approves, one imagines.

For a fleeting moment many of us were fans of Jim Davidson when he visited the Falklands, post conflict and gave a series of shows on more than one occasion. Since then, many have since revised their view of him but he was "of the time" and certainly reflected the psyche of the British serviceman in the 1980' s. In those days bizarrely, racism, sexism & bigotry were found to be amusing and the entertainment industry reflected it. Nowadays it's celebrity focussed (X Factor, talent shows, etc) but at least it's not offensive.

Personally, I'd rather be visited by Gary Barlow than a smarmy politician whose foreign policy was a complete crock.
 

wave_dodger

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Op TALLY on day 1 of his performance was fun, I'll give you that. But is it a coincidence his new album was released just after he was all over the papers for being in Ganners?
Probably a little but I doubt he needs the exposure, X-factor probably does that in spades, and the programme wouldn't have raised that much attention. Overall I suspect he did it for the right reasons - he was consistent in why he said in Northwood to what was said on camera and if the troops there enjoyed it and he got something out of it too that seems fair enough to me.

Rather that than some Z lister from Big Brother or Made in Essex. Swings and roundabout.

You back in the R2?
 
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I guess there's a mutually beneficial trade-off whenever a celebrity visits the Armed Forces & six posts on the same subject by Soleil indicates she probably approves, one imagines.

For a fleeting moment many of us were fans of Jim Davidson when he visited the Falklands, post conflict and gave a series of shows on more than one occasion. Since then, many have since revised their view of him but he was "of the time" and certainly reflected the psyche of the British serviceman in the 1980' s. In those days bizarrely, racism, sexism & bigotry were found to be amusing and the entertainment industry reflected it. Nowadays it's celebrity focussed (X Factor, talent shows, etc) but at least it's not offensive.

Personally, I'd rather be visited by Gary Barlow than a smarmy politician whose foreign policy was a complete crock.
To be fair to Davidson, he did support the Armed Forces through a time when it was unfashionable to do so.
 

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