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  1. #1
    pavane Guest

    Default A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:

    "An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."

    --From the Daily Telegraph:
    <http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>

    pavane



  2. #2
    PLucas Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    [email protected] (Pinstripe Sniper) wrote in
    news:4[email protected]:


    >>And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    >>"An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    >>by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    >>troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    >>--From the Daily Telegraph:
    >><http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>


    > LOL! Thanks for the lead.
    >



    Lucky they were Brits. They're used to **** food.

    Aussie troops would have killed the cook and cooked him ;-P


    As a matter of fact, Aussie tropps have been in that position on more than
    one occasion over the years... they then go and 'source' local food.......
    goats, sheep, cows.


    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

    Edmund Burke.

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    Pinstripe Sniper Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    >"An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    >by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    >troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    >--From the Daily Telegraph:
    ><http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>
    >pavane



    LOL! Thanks for the lead.

    Now picking a nit, it seems Spam was the only meat item but other
    non-fresh items were available. (I'll eat SPAM every now and then.)

    Here's some links (search string => on army chef 6 weeks spam )

    This one has pics, recipes and comments!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...SIX-WEEKS.html

    Article and a lovely pic of the chef in a bright aloha shirt
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...y-Taliban.html

    Article and a tongue in cheek pic/caption of a SPAM chunk.
    "Succulent" LOL!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/fe...stan-army-chef

    PsS

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    pavane wrote:
    >
    > And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    >
    > "An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    > by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    > troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."


    Why didn't they just send another helicopter?

  5. #5
    pavane Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan


    "PLucas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    | [email protected] (Pinstripe Sniper) wrote in
    | news:[email protected]:
    |
    |
    | >>And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    | >>"An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    | >>by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    | >>troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    | >>--From the Daily Telegraph:
    | >><http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>
    |
    | > LOL! Thanks for the lead.
    | >
    |
    |
    | Lucky they were Brits. They're used to **** food.
    |
    | Aussie troops would have killed the cook and cooked him ;-P
    |
    |
    | As a matter of fact, Aussie tropps have been in that position on more than
    | one occasion over the years... they then go and 'source' local food.......
    | goats, sheep, cows.

    Oh come on, whoever you are. Stop posting under Petey's name...this one
    is particularly mean as anyone with Petey's experience in the military would
    never answer a statement of valor with ridicule. Petey would have praised
    the Welsh chef, not suggested his troops kill and eat him.

    pavane



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    pavane Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan


    "Pinstripe Sniper" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    | "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote:
    | >And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    | >"An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    | >by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    | >troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    | >--From the Daily Telegraph:
    | ><http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>
    | >pavane
    |
    |
    | LOL! Thanks for the lead.
    |
    | Now picking a nit, it seems Spam was the only meat item but other
    | non-fresh items were available. (I'll eat SPAM every now and then.)
    |
    | Here's some links (search string => on army chef 6 weeks spam )
    |
    | This one has pics, recipes and comments!
    |
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...SIX-WEEKS.html
    |
    | Article and a lovely pic of the chef in a bright aloha shirt
    |
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...y-Taliban.html
    |
    | Article and a tongue in cheek pic/caption of a SPAM chunk.
    | "Succulent" LOL!
    | http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/fe...stan-army-chef

    Excellent! I particularly appreciate the Daily Mail's inclusion of the Monty Python
    skit, a distinct touch. The recipes: well, maybe some other day...

    pavane



  7. #7
    Pinstripe Sniper Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Why didn't they just send another helicopter?


    I wondered the same thing - it's not like they are on a submarine. :-)

    Evidently the answer/reason lies with un/availablity of civilian
    airlift...

    Here's a couple of comments from the Daily Mail page, I think one is
    tongue in cheek. (Lots of funny comments were made)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...SIX-WEEKS.html

    You all are asking why it took six weeks to get food to the troops.
    Budget costs. they had thier allocation but it got shot down, so a
    message was sent to the MOD requesting permission to resupply, this
    arrived in London within 24 hours, it was immediatly sent to no 10 by
    foot courier via Scotch Corner, arriving there after several days it
    was lost in the search for reciepts for expenses, a second request was
    sent after a week, this was shelved as it meqant they exceeded budget
    and so had to wait for the next available cash injection from
    quantative easing, eventually the threshold was crossed and the money
    was released to buy food from local sources, this turned out to be
    impossible as nonbe of the local suppliers trusted the pounds they
    were offered, eventually more food was flown out from UK in a carrier
    bag from no 10 so that Gordon could claim to have supplied the troops
    with what they needed.
    Having the correct sound bites written and checked took the rest of
    the time.

    - johnrs65, Norfolk, 5/2/2010 0:11


    Since the cost cutting disbanding of the Army Catering Corps soldiers
    have suffered in barracks at the mercy of civillian contractors. In
    the field on ops many live for weeks at a time on boil in the bag
    rations they have to prepare themselves. Every unit in the army had an
    alocation of trained Army Catering Corps chefs from hospitals to
    infantry battalions. They worked in the front line feeding all arms.
    When a company of infantry were in a forward position their chefs
    would be with them to feed them. From compo packs or fresh rations.
    When individual ration packs were issued the role of the chefs was to
    resupply amunition and water. Also evacuate dead and wounded. The
    corps had an excellent apprentices college and a career structure for
    soldier chefs.
    However some cost cutting beauracrats in the MOD decided they could
    save money at the expense of welfare and morale. WELL DONE CPL
    FRANCIS.
    Dave Thomson ex A.C.C. apprentice and soldier/ tradesman.

    - Dave., Bromsgrove, Worcs., 4/2/2010 9:02
    Click to rate Rating 66


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  8. #8
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    In article <exvpn.97427$[email protected]>,
    "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    >
    > "An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    > by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    > troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    >
    > --From the Daily Telegraph:
    > <http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>
    >
    > pavane


    The ultimate in creative cooking.
    I wonder if he's related to Sheldon? <g>

    I might have to play with it one of these days. Dad prefers the turkey
    variety but his favorite canned meat is Vienna Sausages.
    --
    Peace! Om

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    "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." --Dalai Lama

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > pavane wrote:
    > >
    > > And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    > >
    > > "An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    > > by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    > > troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."

    >
    > Why didn't they just send another helicopter?


    You've obviously never been the victim of bureaucracy. <g>
    --
    Peace! Om

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    "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." --Dalai Lama

  10. #10
    Julian Macassey Guest

    Default Re: A modern-day miracle: Spam for six weeks straight in Afghanistan

    On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:51:22 -0600, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:
    > In article <exvpn.97427$[email protected]>,
    > "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> And the blue-tinned wonder food continues to amaze:
    >>
    >> "An Army chef whose supply helicopter was shot down
    >> by the Taliban devised an ingenious menu to feed frontline
    >> troops for six weeks on a diet of nothing but Spam."
    >>
    >> --From the Daily Telegraph:
    >> <http://tinyurl.com/yzsmapy>


    Spam: Pork and Ham. Just the thing to feed the troops in
    a Moslem country.

    Winning hearts and minds I'm sure.

    No wonder we have been in there for nine years.


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    The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by
    men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. - Louis D. Brandeis


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