Wasn't really sure where to put this but here is as good as anywhere. Seeing all the queries from those either just joined or joining soon I thought some advice on keeping in contact with Mum might be useful. Postcards are the only way, usually with a foreign Sunset on them. Always write in the largest handwriting you can manage, Capitals all the way through are acceptable. Always buy and write the Card when sober, however much She loves you She won't want to know what a good sh.g you had, or were, on your latest run ashore. DEAR MUM (add Dad if you know who He is) ITS GREAT HERE LOVE SON. DEAR MUM (as above) ITS REALLY HOT HERE LOVE SON In the above example Cold, Wet, Rough etc can be sustituted for Hot. There are various variations on the theme, don't be to detailed, Mum will worry if you tell her to much. Don't make it sound to good or the family might fly out and join you. Always keep Mum sweet you still need a bed when you are on leave, until you learn how to fix yourself up properly.