I'm sure this subject has had it's arse spanked thoroughly somewhere or other but when will the UK start to offer it's servicemen and women any modicum of respect? The Americans hold their forces in the highest of esteem, offer discounts for them and their families (Seaworld etc) but what do we receive? I'll tell you what, FOOK ALL!!! Nobody is expecting hand-outs but I'm fed up of hearing of the age-old sport of 'skate-bashing' where six or more P----y cowards jump one homeward bound and socially confused sailor(ette), wielding no more vicious a weapon than a messy burger, and beat the crap out of him/her for a laugh. I've received nothing but the most fantastic hospitality when over in the US, they've treat us like royalty. What happens when the US Navy visit our home ports...?.... they get ripped off and filled in. How crap is that? I also would like to applaud a local editoral that shall be known as the P----y e-----g n--s for finding any and every way possible to bring Jack, Jenny and Royal down whenever possible but bleat like a fooking lamb at the threat of a dockyard closure and the resultant poverty this may envoke. Bollocks to the lot of 'em. Rant over. Soz.