Newsletter – 20 November 2014
As we move away from remembrance period for another year, it’s worth reminding ourselves of why the poppy continues to be such a powerful symbol of war. The landscape of Flanders was completely destroyed by the constant bombing and trampling of the earth. Nothing would grow there except the resilient little poppy and, for the Tommies fighting there, it became a symbol of resistance and hope for the future (fact fans will like to know that in France, it was the little blue cornflower that grew and that has become the symbol of remembrance for the French).
The importance of the poppy is best summarised in the words of the Canadian poet and army medic, John McCrea, in his beautiful poem “In Flanders Fields”.
Thanks to everyone who helped remember the fallen of all wars this November.
Cross Trade Technician (294jc) Prestwick £21k + Benefits
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Cross Trade Technician (290jc) RAF Wattisham £competitive
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Senior Technician Avionics (288jc) Leconfield £29,000 + Benefits
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Technician, Engineering Maintenance Liverpool, UK negotiable
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Commercial Vehicle Technician/Mechanic Milton Keynes Competitive
Hull Survey Requirement Engineer (282jc) Bristol circa £31k + Benefits
Trainee Bailiff / Enforcement Agent UK Wide £25000 – £30000
Avionic/Electrical Technician (281jc) RAF Valley, Holyhead circa £19k
EHS & Security Supervisor (280jc) Basra, Iraq circa US300 per day
Executive Assistant (279jc) London with Travel £50-60k + training
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Let’s get behind Neil!
Neil Davis is a former British Army Warrant Officer currently working for the US DoD in Afghanistan.He writes:
“On 01 Aug 15, I’m walking, unsupported, across America to raise awareness of Combat Related Stress and PTSD and to raise money for Combat Stress (UK) and the Wounded Warrior Project (USA). The title of the walk is called “Walk Across America 2015 – Not Broken Just Damaged” to highlight that veterans suffering from combat related stress and PTSD can, through proper help, be fixed.
I’m starting in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and will walk 3200 miles through fifteen states, finishing at Long Beach, California. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to sustain 30 miles per day, every day, which would take me 108 days. Realistically though, I’m inclined to think that it’ll take me about 120-150 days.
I’m using a stroller to carry my equipment and I’ll be camping out (wherever I can pitch a tent) each night. I’ll be flying both the Union Jack and Stars and Stripes from my stroller to highlight the unique bond between the British and the American soldier.
I was recently interviewed on Forces TV and have attached the link to that interview: http://forces.tv/02019161
I have a donations page for both charities:
Combat Stress: www.justgiving.com/not-broken-just-damaged
Wounded Warrior Project: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/notbrokenjustdamaged/
All support for Neil’s endeavors would be greatly appreciated
Channel Four looking for TV stars…
TwoFour Productions are developing a new series for Channel 4 called ‘Dealing In the Danger Zone’ where they will take two or three people across the world to source goods that they think can be sold for profit back on British shores. This can be anything from antiques to fabrics to toys or cars- anything at all that the person wants to buy and sell. Despite the title, it is unlikely to be dangerous but we do need people who can hold their own in potentially hostile situations.
In the course of the next two weeks they am looking for people who may be able to speak to me about what they do, with the view to potentially including them in the programme.
If you think you’d like to appear in the show it would be a fantastic opportunity to be flown across the world to source goods in some of the most unusual and exciting places- any deals would be genuine and the dealers involved would keep the profits made. We would preferably like people with some experience of buying and selling.
Get in touch with the team and we’ll pass on your details!
Two more reconds for Paddy Doyle!
Paddy Doyle once again waded through water logged fields and muddy ankle high paths, to beat the current Guinness Cross Country Half Marathon World Record carrying 20 lb pack. He slashed 22 mins and 55 secs off the previous record finishing in a time of 2 hrs 05 secs. He then went onto set a new 15 mile cross country record setting a new time of 2 hrs 31 mins 57 secs.
Doyle commented ” the weather conditions from the previous day did not help the paths were 8 – 10 inches deep in mud and water,it was a struggle speed marching up hill in those conditions.” The historical finale of achieving 350 plus strength speed stamina records will be on 6 December at the Royal British legion Club Berkswell Village for more information please contact the RBL.
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The UK’s top engineering recruiters will be seeking ex-military to fill hundreds of upcoming vacancies at The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition on 28 & 29 November at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Joke: Ferrari vs Moped
A hip young man goes out and buys the best car available: a brand-new Ferrari 550. It is also the most expensive car in the world, and it costs him half a million pounds. He takes it out for a spin and stops for a red light.
An old man (about 75 years old) on a moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek, shiny new car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?”
The young man replies, “A Ferrari 550. It cost half a million pounds!”
“That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?”
“Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!” states the young dude proudly. The old man asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?”
“No problem,” replies the owner.
So the old guy pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, he says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my moped!”
Just then the light changes, so the young guy decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rearview mirror.
It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly, WHHHOOOOSSSHHH! something whips by him, going much faster.
What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?! the young man asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the moped.
Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it some more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. WHHOOOOSSSHH!
He’s feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again. Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph.
Not 10 seconds later he sees the moped bearing down on him again. The Ferrari is flat out and there’s nothing he can do.
Suddenly the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear. The young man jumps out; unbelievably, the old man is still alive!!! He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh, my God! Is there anything I can do for you?”
The old man whispers softly, “Unhook… my… braces… from… your… side-view… mirror.”
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