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Fans of spy dramas will be enjoying the ongoing stand-off with Russia. They may be only ones, as Putin’s government and media continue to deny any wrong-doing in the face of mounting evidence that they were behind at least one attack on British soil.

The whole sorry affair reached a weirdly hilarious peak last week with the two men accused of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury answering questions from the media in which they claimed that they were lovers who were so smitten with Salisbury Cathedral that they visited the city twice to see it from a convenient hotel base in East London… Yes, absolutely bonkers. Such disregard for the intellect of the British people hints at a larger problem for relations between the two countries and as things stand, almost anything is possible. 

This week saw the inquest on the Westminster terror attack of March 2017. We often focus here on the incredible part that military colleagues, past and present, play in everyday society. Can there be a better example of this than Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, a former Royal Green Jacket, refusing calls to get to safety while he attempted to save the life of PC Keith Palmer? Mr Ellwood, we salute you. 

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News round–up    

MoD complains of rise in bomb squad call outs to magnet fishers finding unexploded bombs

BREAKING: Special Forces Soldiers Acquitted Over Deaths Of Three Reservists

Joe Robinson: Turkish court convicts former UK soldier

Military Mascots Muster: The Ultimate Animal Gathering

World War 2 stockpile of Nazi helmets and weapons including 1,000 bombs uncovered

Row over Peterborough Armistice event as senior cleric accused of sabotage

RAF to make shock return to north-east air base six years after it was shut

Weird Tooth Phone Wins Millions in US Military Funding

Cumbrian villagers fight British army’s plan to ‘grab’ common land

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to donate £1m to Armed Forces & arts organisations

British Veterans ‘need your love’ says senior army officer

Six military veterans from the US and UK walk 1000 miles together to save lives

Six Royal Navy sailors tasered in bar brawl after the first transatlantic voyage of Britain’s £3billion aircraft carrier 'Big Lizzie'

Soldier is charged £75 for changing three LIGHTBULBS in his MoD house sparking claims the Army is ripping off its own troops to plug holes in its budget

British Navy CONFRONTS Argentina ship in military FACE OFF over Falklands

A British warship got involved in a showdown with the Chinese military in the South China Sea

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Joke: Where's the Lieutenant?

A major arrives at a remote post. "Where's your lieutenant?" he asks a private.

"Sir, there isn't a lieutenant assigned to this post."

"I was told there was."

"No, sir, no lieutenant here."

"I'm pretty sure there is."

The private thinks about it for a moment. "Well, Major, if I may ask you a question, imagine you took the word 'rifle' and removed the letter 'f', what would remain?"

"Well, 'rile' I suppose."

"That's what I thought. And sir, if you took the word 'draft' and removed the letter 'f', what would remain?"

Amused, the major answers, "'Drat' I guess."

"And sir, if you took the word 'lieutenant' and removed the letter 'f', what would remain?"

The major says, "There is no 'f' in lieutenant."

"That's what I have been trying to tell you, sir. There is no effin' lieutenant."

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