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Teabag
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PostSubject: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime24/9/2010, 21:25

Those of you who know me (kind of) will see that I can be a bit pedantic at times. Some would say a pain in the arse probably but some things tend to annoy me even if they are usually very minor in the grand scheme of things.

However, anyone who has ever served in HM Forces what ever the colour of the uniform should know that it is NAAFI and not NAFFI. i.e. Navy Army and AIR FORCE Institute. Last night bored, I trawled through some old memories of peoples times in the forces (not on here) and the dreaded NAFFI kept appearing. Bit of an insult to the blue jobs I think especially as we are currently celebrating the Battle of Britain..

I'll go away now! wibble wibble tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime24/9/2010, 23:02


Pedantic ? NOOO !

Pain in the arse ? NOOOO !

Stirrer and Agitator YEEEES !

Navy Army and Royal Air Force Institutes would be "NARAFI".

Sounds like some kind of Woggy terrorist.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime25/9/2010, 00:45

brum wrote:

Pedantic ? NOOO !

Pain in the arse ? NOOOO !

Stirrer and Agitator YEEEES !

Navy Army and Royal Air Force Institutes would be "NARAFI".

Sounds like some kind of Woggy terrorist.

Sorry Brum but that Cheshire beer is stronger than you think. Can't see Royal? I know I am a pseudo scouser but surely not that thick? If you say different will be prepared to fight you though. Go on, have a go if you think you are hard enough................. Mummy
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PostSubject: Re: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime25/9/2010, 07:56

Tsk tsk gentlemen.......Remember where you are, and that there are ORs looking in.Now pray tell when this fight will take place,as i wish to open a book on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime25/9/2010, 13:58

Teabag wrote:
brum wrote:

Pedantic ? NOOO !

Pain in the arse ? NOOOO !

Stirrer and Agitator YEEEES !

Navy Army and Royal Air Force Institutes would be "NARAFI".

Sounds like some kind of Woggy terrorist.

Sorry Brum but that Cheshire beer is stronger than you think. Can't see Royal? I know I am a pseudo scouser but surely not that thick? If you say different will be prepared to fight you though. Go on, have a go if you think you are hard enough................. Mummy

Oh dear, such AGGRESSION !
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brum wrote:
Teabag wrote:
brum wrote:

Pedantic ? NOOO !

Pain in the arse ? NOOOO !

Stirrer and Agitator YEEEES !

Navy Army and Royal Air Force Institutes would be "NARAFI".

Sounds like some kind of Woggy terrorist.

Sorry Brum but that Cheshire beer is stronger than you think. Can't see Royal? I know I am a pseudo scouser but surely not that thick? If you say different will be prepared to fight you though. Go on, have a go if you think you are hard enough................. Mummy

Oh dear, such AGGRESSION !

True but I had drank a bottle of beer when I typed it. Very Happy
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Gordon. wrote:
Tsk tsk gentlemen.......Remember where you are, and that there are ORs looking in.Now pray tell when this fight will take place,as i wish to open a book on it.

Don't encourage him Gordon.

Stick to your "Uisge Beatha" !
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PostSubject: Re: Is the RAF a figment of the imagination?   Is the RAF a figment of the imagination? Icon_minitime26/9/2010, 15:47

So what does SPAR stand for as they replaced a lot of the NAAFI Shops Laughing in the UK at least

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Mike_2817 wrote:
So what does SPAR stand for as they replaced a lot of the NAAFI Shops Laughing in the UK at least

Sojers, paras, airmen and rogerers?
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Mike_2817 wrote:
So what does SPAR stand for as they replaced a lot of the NAAFI Shops Laughing in the UK at least

I don't know about SPAR but until Teabag cast the seed of doubt I allways understood NAAFI to stand for No Ambition And F***all Interest.

It's terrible to see all our beliefs being eroded away in this fashion.

Damn you Teabag !
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brum wrote:
Mike_2817 wrote:
So what does SPAR stand for as they replaced a lot of the NAAFI Shops Laughing in the UK at least

I don't know about SPAR but until Teabag cast the seed of doubt I allways understood NAAFI to stand for No Ambition And F***all Interest.

It's terrible to see all our beliefs being eroded away in this fashion.

Damn you Teabag !

Colonel Teabag to you Colonel. (I'm senior) Very Happy
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Mike_2817 wrote:
So what does SPAR stand for as they replaced a lot of the NAAFI Shops Laughing in the UK at least

Always wondered that myself..........
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spar_(retailer)

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through united co-operation everyone regularly profits.

In our local Spar the prices are way higher than most other local shops , god ony knows what the prices in camp must be like.
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Simple soul that I am I allways thought the name was simply the German word for Save !
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brum wrote:
Simple soul that I am I allways thought the name was simply the German word for Save !

And so did I Brum.
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jim wrote:
brum wrote:
Simple soul that I am I allways thought the name was simply the German word for Save !

And so did I Brum.

It it.... remember "Sparkasse" for some bank or other? "Kasse" roughly translates, I believe, to "place" or "location"...that sort of thing. So of course a bank/Sparkasse is a Savings Place or Savings Location or Savings Establishment....of course I am doing a sort of general translation of 'kasse' not having my trusty English-German dictionary at hand to look up what the *real* translation is..... Smile
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Teabag wrote:
Those of you who know me (kind of) will see that I can be a bit pedantic at times. Some would say a pain in the arse probably but some things tend to annoy me even if they are usually very minor in the grand scheme of things.

However, anyone who has ever served in HM Forces what ever the colour of the uniform should know that it is NAAFI and not NAFFI. i.e. Navy Army and AIR FORCE Institute. Last night bored, I trawled through some old memories of peoples times in the forces (not on here) and the dreaded NAFFI kept appearing. Bit of an insult to the blue jobs I think especially as we are currently celebrating the Battle of Britain..

I'll go away now! wibble wibble tongue

Good, so I'm not the only one that gets niggled at NAFFI or even worse Naffy. Its easy enough to remember methinks:

Never Ave Any Fags In

or

No Ambition And F***all Interest
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although Naffy sounds rather good to me. Smile

I wasn't aware that SPAR had replaced a lot of NAAFI shops though, presumably only the shops and not the canteens.

Having said that, sadly, I am reminded at Kineton every year how much the culture has changed in the Army these days.

The Barracks is deserted at the weekend, and the only people you see in uniform are the Army Guard Force Service, or whatever they call themselves.

No real NAAFI Culture, No real mess life. So Sad.
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