at the clock, informs him that as it is now half-past twelve,
I shall be going off beer and on to Gins and Its.
Now, when I hear of this, I am not at all pleased with
the steward. In fact, I am very angry indeed that he should
make such a statement, because it is very likely to give
a wrong impression. I mean, there are many highly placed
citizens who consider it very bad form to go off beer and
onto short ones until one o'clock.
On this particular afternoon I am telling you about before
I got off the fairway with the story about the drink time-table,
the Zone Commander does not show any interest in the time.
He says: "Now look, Timings, I've got a quick one for
you. We've just had a report from the police that German
paratroops have landed on the aerodrome at ……..(security!!)
Send out an armed party at once."
Furthermore, he tells me that these paratroops must be
utterly liquidated and mopped up.
Now, I ask you! Send out an armed party at this time of
the afternoon! I don't yet know which of the citizens
have been enrolled or even where any of 'em live. This is
a very awkward situation indeed. I mean to say, if I could
borrow a bugle and blew the "Fall-in" or "Cookhouse"
I very much doubt whether any of 'em
remember the tunes. And if they did, they'd only think it
was some Girl Guide blowing her homework.
It has been said that a boy's best friend is his Quartermaster.
So I think I'll go round and look him up and see if he has
any brilliant suggestions to offer.
So I take myself round to where he has snaffled an empty
shop which he has made into Q.M's. Stores.
He is back from his nose-bag earlier than usual, as a lot
of denims was dumped on him just before lunch and, as we
know, a Q.M. always has first go at anything. He has issued
himself with a complete rig and, with his medal ribbons
up, I must say he looks very well indeed.
I tell him that if I were not so frightfully busy I would
get him to issue a set to me and we could create a very
notable impression by walking round and about together and,
no doubt, bring in lots of recruits.