Hi folks,

It’s been a strange old year with so many weird and wonderful news stories to choose from. This one has really tickled us though: the MP for Hammersmith and the council have asked the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), if their expertise in installing bridges overseas could be used to identifying a short-term remedy to the impact of the Hammersmith Bridge closure as schools prepare to go back in the coming weeks. So… Who is going to tell them that they might have liked to ask the Royal Engineers NOT the REME?!
We could all use some fun and this makes us want to know; what’s the silliest thing someone has said to you about your own service and what major bloopers and misconceptions have you come across? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page.
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News round–up    

Jacobs team to develop semi-autonomous scouting system for British Army
The British Army could scrap all its TANKS under a cost-cutting and modernisation plan that would see it switch to focus on cyber-warfare and other 21st century threats

Poppy collectors will be scaled back this year as Royal British Legion focuses on contactless donations amid coronavirus pandemic
The Royal Navy could be deployed to prevent violent clashes between British and European fishing boats in emergency U.K. scenario
Hull war veteran lived in woods haunted by Afghanistan memories
Defence review to prioritise protecting undersea cables from Russian spy submarines
Military mindset has beaten my lockdown blues, says GB tennis star
3 historic military Solent forts in Portsmouth are now for sale
Lost story of the first black soldiers to serve in Lancashire
Southsea navy veterans launch sustainable clothing brand to raise awareness
UK immigration row prompts Fijian British Army veteran action
Public risking their lives on Catterick military training area
Flight of friendship: Israeli and German fighter jets flyover Dachau death camp and nearby airbase to mark the countries' fight against anti-Semitism and the 1972 Munich massacre
Veteran Bugler Nears 'Last Post' World Record
Messaging start-up run by junior doctors strikes deal with British Army
Now the ARMY is under fire over exam chaos after clerical errors led to more than 100 junior soldiers getting the wrong results in their promotion tests
VJ Day: UK commemorates 75th anniversary as royals lead tributes
Princess Anne receives REMARKABLE 70th birthday gift from UK Armed Forces
World leaders pay tribute as nation falls silent to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War
Police investigate racist hate crime at British Army base in Cyprus
War veteran slams police for failing to charge protester after woman was filmed trying to burn Union Jack flag on the Cenotaph during BLM demo
VJ Day: Veterans Recall Dodging Kamikaze And Sniper Attacks
Employment support available for military veterans across Greater Manchester
Chindit Memorial: WW2 'forgotten army' tribute given listed status
Mayor of Calais says Britain has 'declared maritime war' on France after Priti Patel called for Navy to police Channel as another 30 migrants made crossing in four boats
Amputee veterans and firefighters take on JoGLE challenge
NHS Lanarkshire give farewell salute to British Army following Covid-19 assistance
Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates 70th anniversary with a virtual trip down memory lane

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Joke: The bull

There are two sisters. One is very clever and and the other is very stupid and they inherit the family farm.

Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.

In order to keep the bank from repossessing the farm, they need to purchase a bull from the stockyard in a far town so that they can breed their own stock.

They only have £600 left.

Upon leaving, the clever one tells her sister, "When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home."

The clever sister arrives at the stockyard, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it.

The man tells her that he will sell it for £599, no less.

After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office, and says, "I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our farm.

I need her to hitch the trailer to our 4×4 and drive out here so we can haul it home."

The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, and then adds, "It's just 99p a word."

Well, after paying for the bull, the woman only has £1 left.

She realizes that she'll only be able to send her sister one word.

After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, "I want you to send her the word comfortable."

The operator shakes his head. "How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your 4×4 and drive out here to haul that bull back to your farm if you send her just the word "comfortable?"

The woman explains, "It's a big word. She'll read it very slowly…..

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