I can't find a reference to it on t'internet, but I read today in the Torygraph that the RAF at Basra have all been given the day off to have an "It's a Knockout" competition and huge knees-up, while the Army have to step up their patrols in anticipation of opportunistic attacks. One of the quotations used from "an unnamed" infantry officer was that "it's typical - they're just a bunch of civilians in uniform". Hear hear. It's about time the grossly overmanned, overfunded, jobsworth 9-5ers of the East Coast Defence Force (with hardly any front line capability) came in for some more stick. Having seen what a bunch of backstabbers they are at the "Centre" (ie play off the Navy against the Army and cut their capabilities to play purely self-interested power games), I have no time for any criticism of "inter-service infighting", or "let's all pull together". They've been at it for years, and (annoyingly) are very good at smiling and backstabbing simultaneously. Hopefully the next announcement from Des "Swiss Tony" Browne-noser is the abolition of the UUURAF and absorption of all their aircraft into the other 2 services, who do know how to work on weekends and bend EU rules when operationally necessary. Merry Christmas to all RRers, by the way!