PressTV British firms have been criticized by the former head of the Territorial Army (TA) for refusing to employ reservists who have a part-time military role, which further affects recruitment in the country.
The Duke of Westminster warned British firms were less likely to employ TA soldiers due to the prospect of losing staff to training and active service.
The Duke also said firms that are foreign-owned are more likely to hire people who are active in the TA and may even pay their wages while they are on active service.
There is undoubtedly discrimination against someone who at interview says he is in the Territorial Army.
These days when you have to tick the boxes on the interview sheet, one of the questions is Are you in the Territorial Army .
(But) we are not allowed by legislation to say: Are you pregnant? Are you about to be pregnant? the Duke said.
In the future, the TA will have a bigger role in the British armed forces as the regular Army is cut by the UK government from 102,000 to 82,000 and reservist numbers increased to 30,000 as a plan for the army by 2020, making it the biggest restructuring of the military service for decades.
The Duke told the Daily Telegraph British employers should understand that the TA troops made a commitment to a lifestyle that involves the act to go out there and be shot at .
The actions of UK firms avoiding to recruit TA members, suggests that less citizens in Britain are likely to have a nationalistic approach to the country.
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By James Davey LONDON | Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:29am BST LONDON (Reuters) The British army could soon be marching on a stomach filled by Greggs if a trial for the country s biggest baker to supply savouries like Cornish pasties and sausage rolls works out, offering the company important new income in the downturn.
Greggs, based in Newcastle, northeast England, said on Monday it had launched a trial with the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), the armed forces caterer, that will see it supply frozen savouries to the British military base in Gutersloh, Germany.
NAAFI currently serves Britain s military in Afghanistan, Ascension, Brunei, Germany, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland, as well as on board Royal Navy ships.
Greggs, which sells sandwiches, savouries, bread, cakes and pastries to over 6 million customers a week, currently trades from about 1,600 UK stores, more than McDonald s.
But with Britain in recession it is seeking other ways of making money and has had success wholesaling frozen savouries through the Iceland chain of supermarkets, as well as opening franchise stores in motorway service stations and branching out into cafes.
Greggs will supply a range of seven frozen savouries to troops in Gutersloh.
These will be baked throughout the day by Greggs-trained NAAFI personnel and displayed in a Greggs branded savoury counter.
Greggs Chief Executive Ken McMeikan, a former Tesco and Sainsbury executive and Royal Navy veteran of the 1982 Falklands War, said if the 12-week trial was deemed a success the concept could be rolled out across the globe.
Shares in Greggs closed Friday at 500 pence, valuing the business at 506 million pounds.
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)
Have you ever painted nothing but white for two weeks? I wouldn’t recommend it.
Despite a lot of work there is still a hell of a lot more to do.
I doubt that there exists an infantry figure of any army of any period that takes more time to paint than a Cameron Higlander flank company man – the kilts alone take an age, then you’ve got the lace on the tunic, then the hugely irritating winged epaulettes, then the highland band around the socks, then the highland band around the bonnet…
I keep thinking about how much easier French or Prussians would be.
What I’d give for a nice greatcoat and trousers, I reckon I could get 10 French figures done for every bastard from the 79th Foot.
Enough moping – I’m enjoying myself really.
11 September 2012 by britisharmy Warrant Officer Class One Shane O Neill is the Bandmaster of the REME Band.
He started his career in the Corps of Army Music with the Band of the Grenadier Guards before completing the 3 year Bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Earlier this year Shane was attached to the RE Band in Afghanistan.
Day 10 (02 June 12) ISAF Headquarters, Concert The day starts at 0700hrs with the collection of the bands passes for our concert in the ISAF Headquarters in central Kabul.
A flurry of activity as a hymn was requested that the band had not brought with them, so to the Internet and with pencil and manuscript paper it was quickly scribbled out in time for a rehearsal in the gym.
Vehicle Commanders After lunch full PPE was donned and kit loaded onto the transport.
There were five armoured vehicles and the BSM.
We were informed that there were not enough spare personnel to run the convoy, which meant we had half an hour to get up to speed on the route, comms and security procedures and act as vehicle commanders.
The trip from Camp Souter to the main road into Kabul (H7) was another stark reminder of the pressure those on longer term postings fall under every day.
Kabul itself was a bustling hive of activity with many shops and street sellers offloading their wares to crowds of local people.
The thriving atmosphere was good but you were always aware that everything was a potential threat.
The garden, behind very large walls, in ISAF HQ was beautiful and quite a surprise when compared to the arid nature of the land outside the protective walls.
Last Night of The Proms type concert to esteemed guests; commander ISAF Forces, four star General Allen and our own Lt General Bradshaw.
The return trip to camp was a little nervy as it was getting dark and the odd teenager would throw a stone at the vehicle which kept you alert.
Safely back and unloaded by 2100hrs and after a cold drink straight to bed.
Day 11 (03 June 12) British Embassy, Kabul An admin morning and a chance for the band to get some much needed washing done and hung out to dry on the makeshift para cord washing lines that were strung up between the sleeping quarters.
With the washing dry and ironed it was time to load up the convoy once more and depart to the British Embassy in Kabul.
Again we act as vehicle commanders, the difference between outside and inside the wall was a shock but we arrived without incident.
The band set up stage on the tennis court under a massive red, white and blue tent.
Thankfully, an uneventful trip back to Souter where I used the remaining credit on my phone card to phone home and discovered that the RE Band Brass quintet was featured on the BBC back in the UK.
Day 12 (04 June 12) Leading the Parade Leading the parade Today was given over to celebrating the Queen s Diamond Jubilee and it started with the band leading a parade to the square and supporting the soldiers in a Jubilee service.
The CO awarded several meritorious certificates to local workers who had contributed well to the running of the camp over the last few months.
After lunch the coffee bar area was turned into a shrine to Britain with cardboard phone boxes, London buses, BuckinghamPalaceetc.
A fantastic site BBQ was arranged by the chefs and the band provided some entertainment during the evening with the pop group continuing the motion until the CO closed procedures at 2300hrs.
Both the band and pop group worked hard and it really paid off with everyone joining in and taking part, it went a long way to taking everyone s mind off the troubles for an evening.
Day 13 (05 June 12)- Entering the Hot Zone An early breakfast then packed and cleaned rooms ready to be handed back to the Quartermaster.
There was a delay of 3-4 hours to our flight to Kandahar so we hung around the coffee area until called to airport.
We arrived at Kabul airport to the news that further delays were in place.
Eventually we boarded onto a Hercules at 1600hrs; two hours flight time to Bastion and then a further hour to Kandahar.
When we arrived the area was described as a hot zone and it was policy to carry your weapon loaded at all times, have a combat tourniquet and Mark 1 field dressing in right hand pocket, makes you think! Day 14 (06 June 12) The Boardwalk The band plays live The band set up on The Boardwalk , a raised shopping area within camp that surrounded a sports area.
There was a 5k Run for Life event taking place and the band played suitable running music while the amazing people ran, walked, tabbed, ran backwards and ran three legged 5k to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
The band then moved the kit to the Hero s (Naffi) area where another Last Night of The Proms concert took place and the pop band carried on the motion until late in the evening.
Once again this went down extremely well with soldiers from many countries joining in and singing along.
After the music had ended we returned to our accommodation where we heard fighting break out in the nearby mountains.
Several jets and helicopters were scrambled and a fire fight was clearly taking place.
A stark reminder that the hills were not alive with the sound of music .
CLAYGATE, United Kingdom: British army bomb disposal experts on Monday left the house of a family killed in the French Alps, an AFP photographer said, after examining a number of suspicious items which were deemed not hazardous .
Police earlier evacuated neighbouring homes and cordoned off two roads while the bomb squad checked the house of Iraqi-born Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, Surrey, southwest of London.
Police said the experts were called in due to concerns around items found at the address and added that an assessment of items found at the address is currently being carried out as a precaution .
But after nearly three hours the Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal van left the scene along with another police vehicle and police reopened the road, the photographer said.
Surrey Police can confirm that items found at an address this morning in Oaken Lane, Claygate, are not hazardous, police said in a statement.
A bomb disposal unit was called to the scene to carry out an assessment as a precautionary measure, it said, adding that residents who were evacuated as a precaution were now being allowed to return home.
Bomb disposal officers speak to police at the Claygate home on Monday.
AFP British media reports said the search focused on a shed at the bottom of the garden.
The morning s events will add to exotic theories about the execution-style killings, over which police are still quizzing Hilli s brother, who has denied reports that a property dispute was at the root of the killings.
In France, the elder of Hilli s two daughters, both of whom survived the attack, remained under sedation Monday and was unable to speak to investigators who hope that she can help them unravel the mystery.
Zainab al-Hilli, seven, is recovering from a fractured skull and a bullet wound in the shoulder.
Her four-year-old sister Zeena survived the attack unscathed after hiding in the back of the family car.
When the doctors give us authorisation we will be able to interview her in hospital but for the moment they are not allowing it, Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP.
She was in an induced coma which she was brought out of on Sunday but she remains under sedation.
It is a normal process.
Zainab, who lay motionless under her mother s corpse for eight hours following Wednesday s shooting, has also been unable to provide any significant information about the attack.
She returned to Britain on Sunday.
Saad al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and Ikbal s mother, a Swedish national, were all killed by two shots to the head in the car on a forested Alpine road.
A passing French cyclist was also killed.
Hilli, a 50-year-old naturalised Briton of Iraqi origin, worked as a mechanical design engineer with a firm based in Surrey that makes commercial space satellites.
Police were on Monday questioning his brother Zaid al-Hilli for a third day, a source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
It is understood he was not held overnight in police custody.
He presented himself to police in Britain following the murder, denying media reports that the brothers were involved in a financial dispute over their father s will.
On Monday morning police suddenly moved back reporters and widened the cordon around the house after armed officers arrived at the mock-Tudor-fronted house.
The army bomb squad arrived later, while forensics officers could also be seen searching the driveways of neighbouring homes.
A source said a potentially explosive substance had been found at the scene, but would not elaborate.
AFP Five French investigators are in Britain to work on the case.
The attack on the family s car took place outside the village of Chevaline, near the lakeside resort of Annecy in southeast France where the Hillis had been on a camping holiday.
Autopsies revealed that each of the four dead victims were hit by several bullets and shot twice in the head.
French police say they are not solely focusing on the theory that it was an ordered execution .
Home Europe , News , World British army bomb squad at home of Alps murder victims September 10, 2012 11:02 am | Wiews: 6 Article from: reuters.com CLAYGATE, United Kingdom (AFP) British army bomb squad at home of Alps murder victims An army bomb disposal squad was sent Monday to the house of a British family shot dead in the French Alps, while the security cordon was widened and neighbouring homes evacuated.
The local Surrey police force told AFP they had evacuated the immediate area around the Hilli family home in the village of Claygate, southwest of London, due to concerns around items found at the address .
A source told AFP that a potentially explosive substance had been found at the house.
A Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal van was present at the scene, an AFP photographer said.
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Nah… Fucking hole!! There’s a place for this and it aint here. Here is for sweary descriptions of fictional happenings. Begone with your “post & run” interlinky thingumajigs!
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You can buy a rubber keyboard which you can roll up and chuck it in a drawer. Fairly cheap too.
There’s a few fuckers on here that could do with one of them; Dribbling mongoloid cunts!
Is it bbq’d eggproof?
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