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Former Royal Marine Given Green Light To Rescue His 200 Cats & Dogs From Kabul

A Royal Marine veteran – who served in the elite unit for 22 years – and who has chartered a flight to get his 70 staff and 200 rescued animals out of Afghan has been given the green light to leave the country by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. 

Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing runs the Nowzad animal shelter in Kabul and has said that he will not leave the country without his rescue centre staff and animals. 

He has even attracted the support of Ricky Gervais.

The operation to save his staff and animals has been dubbed ‘Operation Ark’. 

Farthing has spent $500,000 on chartering an aircraft that is on the ground in Kabul, and that is poised ready to remove Farthing, his staff and his animals from the Taliban-controlled country. 

Credit: facebook.com/nowzadrescue

But Pen has faced delays owing to ‘paperwork’ issues, as the Taliban enforced deadline for people leaving the country looms ever closer. 

Speaking to Sky News yesterday (24 August), the Defence Secretary said: 

“[Farthing] could get through the gates as a British passport holder.

“He was called forward on Friday and I recommend he takes that.

“His workforce have been offered, as entitled personnel, places and they will be able to be called forward, but I can’t guarantee in this window they will be processed onto aircraft, all I can say is they qualify.

“As for the animals that he was rescuing… it is just not going to be the case that I will prioritise them over the men, women and children we see in desperate need at the gate.”

Credit: facebook.com/nowzadrescue

But Wallace has said that if Farthing, his animals and his staff can make it to the airport, he ‘will seek a slot for his plane’. 

Posting on Twitter, Wallace said:

“Now that Pen Farthing’s staff have been cleared to come forward under LOTR I have authorised MOD to facilitate their processing alongside all other eligible personnel at HKIA.

“At that stage, if he arrives with his animals we will seek a slot for his plane.

“If he does not have his animals with him he and his staff can board an RAF flight.

“I have been consistent all along, ensuring those most at risk are processed first and that the limiting factor has been flow THROUGH to airside NOT airplane capacity.

“No one has the right in this humanitarian crisis to jump the queue.”

Yesterday, Farthing hit back at unfounded claims he had been attempting to put his animals before people.

Credit: facebook.com/nowzadrescue

Pen told Sky News

“Mr Wallace, I never asked you to prioritise pets over people. At no point have I ever said that, whatsoever.

“We got a flight and we’ve said, we will wait – you’ve just got to give us this call sign so we can actually get it in play, get the airline to actually start the flight plans and then we will sit quite happily and wait.

“We’ve got an aircraft that we need to put 69 people on, it’s got capacity for 250 people.

“And in that cargo hold – it’ll be empty. I can’t park people in a cargo hold, but I can park my animals in that cargo hold.”

Now Pen faces the enormous challenge of getting his staff and rescued animals to the airport before the deadline is imposed by the Taliban.

Keep up-to-date Pen’s progress by following his Facebook page

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British Paratrooper Crashes Through Roof Of Californian Home After His Parachute Failed To Deploy Properly

A British paratrooper crashed through the roof of residential property in California after his parachute failed to deploy correctly. 

The elite trooper had just jumped out of an aircraft as part of a training exercise when he got into trouble about 10,000ft in the air. 

The aircraft carrying the paratroopers took off from Camp Roberts, a national guard based in California. 

Part of the exercise involved a HALO jump, an acronym for High Altitude Low Opening; a high-risk parachute jump used by special forces operators. 

Although the parachute did deploy, the soldier was too low to the ground to get to his landing zone by the time it had. 

Thankfully, the soldier was not seriously injured. 

A photo being shared on social media shows the moment when the paratrooper was sat on the floor of the house he had just crashed through, surrounded by debris. 

Neighbour Rose Martin told KSBY: “I was in shock. I’m like, what?”

“So I ran in to make sure he was okay and I checked on him and his eyes were open but I wasn’t sure if there were any injuries. I didn’t want anyone to move him.”

She added: “It’s a miracle in my estimation, really. I mean, who lands like that without a parachute and lives?”

A spokesperson for the MOD said: “There has been a parachuting incident involving a British soldier training alongside American allies in California.

“The soldier received minor injuries and is recovering well.”

A statement from the Atascadero police department said: 

“Investigation revealed that a parachute failed to fully deploy during manoeuvres by a group training at Camp Roberts. 

“This was the only incident involved and all others participating in the jump landed safely at the designated landing field.”

NCO Confirms To Troops That ‘W**king’ Is Still Allowed

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An NCO has confirmed to their troops that they can still participate in ‘self-love’ if they need to, as long as they clean up after themselves. 

In a set of daily orders, ‘w**king” has been given its own section amongst the other groups of requirements that the troops are expected to stick to (not literally). 

I say ‘troops’, but judging by the terminology being used, the set of orders probably belong to sailors. 

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Glad we cleared that up.

The paragraph states:

‘Here is something I never thought I would put on orders! I understand most personnel live in shared accommodation, and personal time is limited. 

‘Therefore, I am not banning w**king in the toilets however, clean up after you have finished!

‘As fun as it might be to see how high you can fire your bodily fluids up the back of the cubicle door from the seated unsupported position, no one wants to see this dripping off the door when going to the loo! 

‘Stop it, its rats!!’

Man, I miss the military…

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Things For Veterans Consider Whilst Adjusting To Civvy Street

1. Speech:

•Time should never begin with a zero or end in a hundred; it is not 0530 or 1400. It is 5:30 am or 2 in the afternoon.

•Words like “pit”, and “PT” will get you weird looks; use bed, workout, get used to it.

• “F uck” cannot be used to replace whatever word you can’t think of right now. Try “um” instead.

• It’s a phone, not a radio, conversations on the phone do not end in “Roger That” or “Out”.

2. Style:

•Do not put creases in your jeans.

•Do not put creases on the front of your dress shirts.

•Do not refer to your suits numerically; your best jacket and trousers are not your number 1’s

3. Women:

•Being divorced twice by the time you are 23 is not normal. Neither are 6-month marriages, even if it is your first.

•Marrying a girl so that you can move out of the barracks does not make “financial sense”. 

Personal accomplishments:

•In the real world, being able to do lots of press-ups will not lead to an automatic promotion or help your career in any way.

•How much pain you can take is not a personal accomplishment.

4. Drinking:

•NATO is an organisation, not the way you want your tea made

•In the real world, being drunk before 5 pm will get you a written warning (or sacked), not a pat on the back from your boss.

•Shouting “Naked Bar” at your works Christmas party will have no effect.

•That time you drank a bottle of Absinth and shat in your pal’s pit is not a conversation starter.

•That time you went to the combat lifesaver school and practised giving vodka iv’s will probably not impress a civilian.

5. Bodily functions:

•Farting on your co-workers and then laughing hysterically while you walk away may be viewed as “unprofessional”.

•The size of the dump you took yesterday will not be funny regardless of how big it was, how much it burned, how much it smelled….. or how clear the photo is.

•VD will also not be funny.

The human body:

•Most people will not want to hear about or see your balls. Odd as that may seem, it’s true.

•If your arse is sore, don’t ask your colleague on the next desk if he can see what’s wrong with it.

6. Spending habits:

•One day, you will have to pay for the things that keep you alive; heat, light, shelter, food, doctor, etc, etc

•Buying a £30,000 car on a £16,000 a year salary is a really, really stupid idea.

7. Interacting with civilians:

•Making fun of your neighbour to his face for being a ‘leftie’ will not make you popular in the neighbourhood.

8. Real jobs:

•They really can fire you. On the flip side you really can quit.

•Screaming at the people that work for you will not be normal. Remember they really can quit too. And taking naps at work will not be acceptable.

•Sport is no longer part of your working week. Wednesday afternoons are for work, just like every other afternoon

9. The Law:

•Your civvy boss, unlike your C/O, can’t save you and probably won’t. In fact most likely you will be fired about 5 minutes after he finds out you’ve been arrested.

•Fighting is not a normal thing and will get you arrested and/or fired, not yelled at.

10. General knowledge:

•You can in fact really say what you think about the Royal Family in public places.

•Pain is not weakness leaving the body. It’s just pain.

•They won’t wear anything shiny that tells you they are more important then you are. Be polite.

•You no longer have to go to the POL point; just go to the BP garage like everyone else

Finally

11. Read the contracts before you sign them – remember what happened the first time…!!! 

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Captain Tom Moore Received Online Abuse From Trolls Weeks Before His Death

The WWII veteran who raised just under £40 million for the NHS to help staff who were battling Covid, received online abuse in the weeks before his death, his daughter said on Wednesday. 

The 100-year-old veteran inspired the nation when he decided to raise £1000 for the NHS. 

So many people around the world were touched by his kind-hearted and determined nature, that the target of £1,000 was utterly smashed by the final amount of money that Capt Moore raised. 

Hannah Ingram-Moore told the BBC that the online messages of abuse were kept secret, saying that the abuse from a “vile minority” of pathetic morons would have broken his heart had he known about the messages. 

Ms Ingram-Moore said:

“It was as pretty horrific as it could be.

“I couldn’t tell him because how do you rationalise to a 100-year-old man that something so incredibly good can attract such horror.

“It really did hurt, and it really is hard to deal with but we have dealt with it and they will not win, they will never make this amazing thing negative.”

Capt Tom Moore passed away on 2nd February, surrounded by his family. 

Amongst the many thousands of people to pay tribute to Capt Moore was Queen Elizabeth, President Joe Biden’sBiden’s White House and the British Parliament. 

The story highlights the serious issue of moronic trolls who are quite happy to sit behind their monitors and unleash vile vitriol towards people they have never met. 

There have been calls on social media to clamp down on people who troll others, with calls for their accounts to be permanently banned. 

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Lee Rigby Killer Is ‘Fighting For Life’ After Being Admitted To Covid ICU Ward

One of the cold-blooded murderers who took hero Lee Rigby’s life is ‘fighting for every breath’ after contracting coronavirus. 

29-year-old Michael Adebowale was taken from Broadmoor to an ICU covid ward after his condition deteriorated last week, as reported by the Sun

Speaking to the paper, an unnamed source claimed: “He’s in a very bad way and fighting for every breath.

“It’s reached the stage where it’s a 24/7 battle. 

“If he deteriorates much further, intensive care would be the next step. 

“He’s very young to be affected so badly.”

Fusilier Rigby was just 25 when Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo murdered him in May 2013. 

Rigby’s mum, Lyn Rigby, 53, told the Sun: 

“It would not be justice for Covid to take this man prematurely and end the sentence handed to him.

“We’ve maintained true justice for Lee is to see his killers remain behind bars and serve every day of their sentence.”

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WATCH | Moped Rider Tries To Overtake Royal Horse Guard Too Close & Gets Kicked By A Horse

A video has emerged on Twitter of the moment when a moped rider in London tried to overtake a procession of the Royal Horse Guards. 

For some reason, known only to the moped rider, he/she thought it was a good idea to attempt the manoeuvre next to a traffic island. 

The Horse Guard, from the King’s Troop RHA, were riding two-abreast, so there was not much room to squeeze by. 

And that is when one of the horses, who became spooked by the moped rider, kicked out and knocked him/her off their bike.

Anyone who has been anywhere near a horse will tell you that getting too close to them, especially when you are on a motorbike, is not a good idea. As this person found out for themselves.  

As you can imagine, Twitter soon lit up with tweets full of condemnation for the moped rider. 

The video was uploaded to Twitter by PC Tyler O’Hare who said:

‘This is the reason the Highway Code (S214) states: “When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop”.

‘It’s for their safety, the riders safety and road users safety. It’s vital’. 

Lots of people have asked about the welfare of the horse in the hope that he/she was not injured. Funnily enough, not one person (from what we have seen) has asked about the moped rider…

One person tweeted: ‘Let’s hope the horse was OK, the moped rider clearly an idiot’.

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‘Spare A Thought For Military Spouses’ Military Wife Pens Letter To PM

‘Spare A Thought For Military Spouses’ Military Wife Pens Letter To PM

A military wife has written to the prime minister, asking him to ‘spare a thought’ for military spouses who will not be able to see their families this Christmas following the raft of new lockdown measures which were announced over the weekend. 

Military spouses whose partners are still overseas, and who will be for the foreseeable future, had been looking forward to spending some time with their family members over the festive period. 

Owing to the nature of their partner’s work, military spouses often relocate from their home towns and cities to live on remote military bases which are dotted around the country. 

But with the new Tier 4 measures now in force, most military families will not only be without their partners this Christmas, but they will now also not be able to see their family members. 

In the letter, the military wife said:

‘Dear Prime Minister, 

‘My husband is currently deployed to a turbulent region 4000 miles away and has been for four months with another two or three to go. I received a letter this week from his Major thanking both of us for the sacrifice he is making this Christmas to improve the lives of others, I am indeed incredibly proud of him. 

‘We are currently posted somewhere in Yorkshire, but we both come from Kent, apart from our cat, who is indeed Yorkshire born, bred and rescued. 

‘Throughout this deployment, I knew that Christmas would be difficult without him (first Christmas in seven years), but I also knew that spending three days with my mother in Kent would be a well deserved treat. This, however, will now not happen. For the first time in my life, I will not be able to spend Christmas with my mother, or indeed a member of my family (our cat doesn’t really count as the conversation is limited). 

‘So please, spare a thought for military spouses who are posted, on a good day, five hours from their families, and are now unable to spend Christmas Day with their loved ones. Roll on Easter…?

Thanks’

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WATCH | Merkava Tank Rolls Over As It Is Loaded Onto Flatbed Lorry

Footage has been shared on social media of the moment when a Merkava tank rolls onto its roof as it is loaded on to the back of a flatbed lorry.

The footage starts as the driver of the tank lines himself up with the ramp on the back of the lorry.

After a few moments, the tank starts to creep up the ramp as all seems to be in order.

But once the tank is on the back of the vehicle, it accelerates as military personnel jump out of the way.

One soldier, who was stood behind the cab of the lorry, narrowly avoids getting struck by the tank as he jumps out of the way with seconds to spare.

The tank comes to a rest on its roof before soldiers run over towards it.

It is not known why the accident happened or what caused it, although there has been some mention on various military groups of the pedal getting stuck.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

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Fijian British Army Veterans Who Saw Active Service Lose Court Battle To Stay In UK

Despite seeing active service in Afghanistan and Iraq, eight Fijian-born soldiers have failed in their bid to overturn what they say were ‘bureaucratic errors’ which have resulted in them living illegally in the UK. 

Mr Justice Garnham refused the veterans leave for a judicial review after claiming that the war heroes had made their claim too late. 

In reaching his decision, he added that the courts were concerned with “illegality not misadministration” or an “unfocused idea of fairness.”

Amongst the group of veterans is Remesio Waqaliva aged 42. Waqaliva had completed two tours in Iraq when he was discharged from the British Army having notched up nine years of service. 

However, he was not told that he needed to immediately apply for UK citizenship upon his discharge from the armed forces. Applying for citizenship was something that Waqaliva was legally entitled to do. 

Married father of four Waqaliva soon discovered that he was unable to work. 

He had to rely on handouts from family and friends. Without an income, Waqaliva was unable to save enough money to pay the thousands of pounds needed to cover the lawyer’s fees for his visa.  

In an interview, Waqaliva said: “I didn’t have any time to prepare myself. I wasn’t told that my UK visa would expire when I left the army. Once I did realise, I just didn’t have the money. It’s not just the £2,000 [needed to cover the cost of applying for the visa] it’s that I would have to hire a solicitor as well.”

Also in the group is Taitusi Ratucaucau. He is recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumour and is now liable to pay tens of thousands of pounds now that the case had been lost.

The British Army has actively recruited in the islands of Fiji for decades. Those who serve for four years or more are entitled to live and work in the UK as long as they are not subjected to a dishonourable discharge from the forces. 

However, the process is not an automatic one and requires a mountain of expensive and complicated paperwork to be completed. 

Anthony Metzer QC, the lead lawyer for the claimants, said his clients were “bitterly disappointed” by the judgment. 

He added that he hoped ministers would try to find “a reasonable and fair-minded solution for these veterans” against a backdrop of what he said was “overwhelming support” from the military community and the general public.

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