You knob, I bet you told the kids Santa died of AIDS. The concert was brilliant, and the troops were buzzing when it was over. I posted this to some old conrades and othe rfiriends last night "I've just promoted Gary Barlow from Pop Prat to Top Man, 1st Class after watching "Gary Barlow - journey to Afghanistan"on ITV. He spent a week in Afghan getting to see what the lads and lassies did on the ground, then getting a band together from various units. He was clearly given a new perspective whilst there, helped by a fire-fight taking place not too far away outsideof bastion's walls. Then he did a concert for the troops at Bastion after recruiting four serving women for his backing singers (with an RAF officer getting a short solo) and a good- looking young medic who sang "Your Amazing" really well in a solo spot. Someone threw a pair of knickers at him-probably a Marine or a sailor hoping to get lucky, ha! ha! Also conscripted were a rather elederly guitar- playing lance-jack( TA maybe?) and bandsmen from the Royal Horse Artillery. The concert was great, there was sheer joy on the faces of the lads and lasses ( the laws of physics must have shifted into another dimension as they militate against wee skinny 5ft 2" females muscling 6ft-3" plus walls of Marine and Army muscle out of the way to get to the front, but somehow, they did!) The girls in particular were loving it, they weren't in Afghan for the duration of songs they could bop along too. Some even had made up "Take That" symbols out of balloons. He picked a particularly poignant song to finish on Michael Buble's "Home" and there were tears from the girls, and messages held up for loved ones back home from many of those present, which caused this grizzled old Para to feel quite moved. Take a bow, Mr. Barlow. You've never deserved one more. Well worth watching on ITV Player if you missed it." Edited to insert quote.