Hi folks,

We hope you are staying safe and well during all the Covid ups and downs. The news cycle of 2020 continues to surprise and we often find it tough to pick out the strangest among them!

Firstly, a long but interesting article on Novichok, the poison which keeps making headlines. What is it and how does it effect the human body?

Then, a hero we would very much like to pat on the head as Kuno, a UK military dog is set to receive the Dickin Medal – an award given to animal heroes of war – after tackling Al Qaeda insurgents. We love the photos of him living life to the fullest with his prosthetics. What a good boy!

For gadget fans among you (and who isn’t one, really?) we’ve got this piece about the real life maverick genius who inspired Bond’s ‘Q’.

Finally, on a serious note, if you are in the Bedford area, please take a look at this article – could you help shape NHS support for Bedford’s armed forces veterans?

Please drop an email to [email protected] if there’s anything you’d like us to add to this newsletter.

Regards,

The Team

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News round–up 

Thirteen Welsh Guardsmen are jailed for attending cocaine-fuelled mini-rave in breach of ‘bubble’ designed to protect Her Majesty from coronavirus during lockdown

Coronavirus: MOD To Refund Personnel Wrongly Charged Rent During Lockdown

HMS Queen Elizabeth postpones mission due to Covid-19

ARMY OF QUITTERS Over 50,000 withdraw applications to join Armed Forces this year

Turkey issues military warning to EU over clash with Greece – ‘Ready for anything’

Let WWII heroes inspire us to be here for today’s veterans, says General Lord Dannatt

Armed forces overcharged £25m after rent chaos in lockdown

Bosnia war veteran, 61, with PTSD says picking up fishing rod saved his life

Marlborough veterans get charity cash to help them see

Army vet who starred in BBC documentary on battle with PTSD ‘takes own life’

British SAS Punisher badge reportedly banned

Essex coronavirus: British Army confirm four soldiers have tested positive for Covid-19 at Merville Barracks in Colchester

INTEL UPGRADE Chancellor Rishi Sunak ‘to divert foreign aid billions to British spies, cyber warfare and drones’

Former British army combat paramedic to become first paralysed woman to swim across English Channel

Journalists ‘blacklisted’ by MoD press office considering legal action

Fort Hood commander Maj. General Scott Efflandt is REMOVED from his position after the deaths or disappearances of 15 soldiers on or around the troubled base

The UK Invented The First Tanks. Now It May Retire Them For Good

Bomb disposal experts from Carver Barracks clear a beach of unexploded devices

Remarkable pictures showing hero British captain’s tank corps alongside Cossack warriors during the Russian Revolution are uncovered in a garden shed 100 years on

Military police arrest RAF Voyager captain for ‘drink-flying’ just moments before his jet was due to take off

Father thanks RAF personnel who saved him after suffering heart attack with family in the car

CAVALRY CONMAN Army major ‘duped nations into sending him tanks and weapons to sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds’

London taxi drivers help 25 war veterans commemorate 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Former British Army soldier charged with terror and explosive offences

Army’s construction vehicles boosted by £240 million contract

Coventry defence firm lands major MoD contract for electric military vehicles

The price of bravery: Paratrooper hero of the Falklands War is selling his military medals for £120,000

Appointment of Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland

TRUE HERO Iraq War hero who carried fatally wounded colleague away from Taliban is selling his Military Cross medal

HIL-AIR-IOUS US Air Force reveals ‘flying battle car’ that will shuttle troops across war zones – and it looks ridiculous

UK to build defence innovation centre in Dorset

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Joke: Fred

Fred came home from college in tears.

“Mom, am I adopted?”

“No of course not,” replied his mother. “Why would you think such a thing?”

Fred showed her his genealogy DNA test results. He had no match with any of his relatives, and strong matches for a family who lived on the other side of the city.

Perturbed, his mother called her husband. “Honey, Fred has done a DNA test, and… and… I don’t know how to say this… he may not be our son.”

“Well, obviously!” he replied.

“What do you mean?”

“It was your idea in the first place” her husband continued. “You remember, that first night in hospital when the baby did nothing but scream and cry and scream and cry. On and on. And you asked me to change him.”

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