One of the early acts of rampant vandalism against our national heritage and institutions, perpetrated by Tony Blair and his cronies, was binning the Royal Tournament.
Whispers reach me suggesting it might be back on, albeit in reduced form which is not a surprise given the hatchet that's been taken to all the services whilst ramping up their commitments over the last eleven years.
Still, it'll be good to have it back in any form. Goodness knows we'll need something to cheer us along in the dark and grim days that lie ahead.
For aficionados, here once again is the Last Run of the Field Gun competition.
Further to the RT piece, I've subsequently stumbled across this,
Designed by a guy called Ricky Burgess who, according to his website,is doing a rebranding exercise for a new RT.
Frankly, I like the look of the old ones. Take a look at this clip from 1954. What is there not to love about the display of club swinging by the combined Women's Services. This could be brought back with immediate effect if the will was there to do it. Mrs Flashbang is an expert in club swinging and has been threatening to practice on me with a long list of blunt instruments over the last 20 years. She is particularly adept with saucepans I've noted. I'm sure she'd be happy to help out. I'd be happy to have her swing them in someone else's direction for a change. They always said the Russians could never take America because every household had a gun. We've got an infinitely more threatening and scary weapon; the British housewife.
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