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Hello, Hoarwithy!

I'm glad you recommended the website for Dean Francis on the AM board. Would you tell me how you came to know/find out about DF?

>>By am-i-binned   (Friday, 16 May 2003 12:04)



Hi a-i-b, you are a top man - or is it woman? Please let me know ;0)

I love to read thrillers - especially those based on true life but are written as fiction. I served enough time in Hereford to know what I'm talking about, but I have little time for anyone pretending or showboating. Francis seems to have a unique 'inside quality' and although his site claims he was only trained by SF, I somehow fill he has more to offer than what he is saying. If I sound like I'm mad - just say!
I'm always scouting for new people writing about the regiment etc. and Francis seems OK - can't understand why he isn't published though...

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Friday, 16 May 2003 19:40)



I actually worked with Dean, and all I can say is that he is a top bloke. His writing however, is great. Never realised he had it in him - he kept it quiet - I didn't know he could spell - let alone write a book. Keep it up DF, you know you can show them all you've got what it takes
All the best - your 2ic - you know who I am..

>>By 2ic   (Friday, 16 May 2003 19:52)



Hi, Hoarwithy!

Thanks, but no, not top, just too gobby to be grey. And I'm afraid I cannot answer that question. At least not here. If you follow the advice I gave Boris, you'll find me and I'll answer. 'Course then I'll have to kill you, but, hey, what's that amongst good friends, right? VBG, VBW!

So how did you find out about this fella? And, just so you know before you answer anything that incriminates! -- I have emailed him, and he now knows this page is set up, so he may drop by.

Which should please you, 2ic!

So, welcome, 2ic....

How'd you find out about this page already? It was only set up today.

>>By am-i-binned   (Friday, 16 May 2003 21:25)



Hi am-i-binned - ace name by the way - As well as working with DF I used to knock about with him and we still keep in touch (occasionally)

I regulary drop in on his web-site (because if I find he has hit a deal he can pay me back the 20 he owes me....)

Noticed this link on there today. He's obviously got someone working double quick time if this site only started today and its on his web-site already - he never was one to be slow out the blocks!

How about you? How'd you find out about him and his work?

Hoarwithy? Another cute name. Is this place full of hidden clues to the regiment or what? lol

>>By 2ic   (Saturday, 17 May 2003 01:30)



Your comments are all very positive. But what do you think of DF's work?

>>By Sheba   (Saturday, 17 May 2003 22:46)



AIB - I actually work at Vauxhall Bridge - No I'm not James Bond, just a boring 9-5 Mon-Fri desk job I'm afraid! (perhaps I should lie and pretend to be more exciting) Might get me more women-wink-wink - I stole the winks from you by the way!
But I came across a letter from DF to one of our information officers. It was regarding research for one of his books. I'd like to say I used our 'special' search engines to find out more about him, but I couldn't possibly coment - another wink wink!

I simply checked his web-site and liked what I saw - I don't think he got much from our IO, probably the same standard letter we dish out to the press - it has lots of words but doesn't actually say anything!

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Sunday, 18 May 2003 11:15)



Hoarwithy R D:

Would that be a L-H or R-H drive at Vauxhall Bridge?

Has the G Street basement finally been cleared out, yet?

It's a bugger if you need to research through any dept, much better if you sleep inhouse or attend at parties: so to speak....

>>By buddy   (Sunday, 18 May 2003 13:25)



Hi Buddy,

You seem a bit cooler over here as opposed to the Andy McNab forum...(deep breaths, keep cool)

I couldn't possiblity comment on which side of the Vauxhall my seat is positioned...........

So I'm intrigued - as I'm sure DF is (does anyone know if he's even looked at this site yet?) How do you get into the so called parties. With the risk of sounding sexist, is it easier for a woman - particulary an attractive one? ;0)

I could say to DF that I'm able to offer him help on the research front, but I could be compromising my position at work so I couldn't possibly coment....

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Monday, 19 May 2003 11:02)



First off, I apologize to you for my postings elsewhere. Very, very non-me, as the previous 22 pgs will attest. Please hang in with us. I truly believe F Troop has excellent potential, especially so if you decide to stay.

That said, to answer your question, Sheba, from what I've read so far I am really enjoying DF's writing. I like his pacing, his humour and especially what seems to be extremely accurate descriptions of how everything is done. I really enjoy the technical specifics in AM's books, and I'm finding much the same in DF's writing -- so naturally, I'm very pleased. I certainly hope DF is lucky and finds a publisher very soon, not so much for his sake as for mine -- my curiousity is killing me!

And thanks, Hoarwithy, for satisfying my curiosity as to how you came to find DF. I just couldn't figure out, unless you were a friend or something, but your posts didn't seem to indicate any personal connection.

I'm relatively new to this genre (9 mos.) and all related subjects, not to mention, I'm US-impaired. I am, however, very anxious to learn and understand as much as possible. I recognize Vauxhall Bridge from AM's books, Hoarwithy, so may I ask you about where you work? In F, NS refers to getting on the approach road to Vauxhall Bridge, as he heads for Vauxhall Cross (the SIS pyramid building). What is Vauxhall Bridge? Is it an area, a real bridge, a building, a complex or campus of buildings? I'm trying to discern clues from Buddy's post but I'm afraid it is too insider for me to interpret. Fanx in advance....

>>By am-i-binned   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 06:41)



Hoarwithy, sorry for delay in reply: uhhhh, Summer flu put me in bed for a couple of days. That'll teach me to go swanning in Bath for the weekend. You said:

You seem a bit cooler over here as opposed to the Andy McNab forum...(deep breaths, keep cool)

<<Cool being the optimum word. Ice Cool, take no prisoners with stone throwing women...>>

I couldn't possiblity comment on which side of the Vauxhall my seat is positioned...........

<<Now I expected better than that from you! Like: "straight down the middle.">>


So I'm intrigued - as I'm sure DF is (does anyone know if he's even looked at this site yet?) How do you get into the so called parties. With the risk of sounding sexist, is it easier for a woman - particulary an attractive one? ;0)

<<I received one reply from DF, though somewhat lacking in mss feedback. His writing has an amusing element, bit of a party boy himself by all accounts from other interested parties (FI circuits - mutual interest.) As for Party parties (?) Invites just happen when you know lots of divorced men who don't want to go to do's with anyone who might blow their cover,(newspapers), In my case maturity and worldly wise gain where looks would normally reign supreme. My not being an attractive whimsy, you see.>>


I could say to DF that I'm able to offer him help on the research front, but I could be compromising my position at work so I couldn't possibly coment....
<<Fancy that, and I thought all who drive Vauxhall limos had their moments ;-) >>

US impaired, am-i-binned? London tourist sites on the Internet are a great means of researching London (road maps). If you don't know what Vauxhall is all about from the writings of AM, especially those interested in what goes on inside you must have missed that bit. :-(

Back to DF. I'm on the case....

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:10)



am-i-binned:

As you know, AM's renowned for taking wrong turns and for having to double-back on detailed instructions via a mobile...And, didn't he once say: "I never trust to third-party feedback!"

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:20)



Perhaps I should set up a 'secret tour bus' for the likes of AIB when they're in London/England. We could visit MI6, MI5 (both in London and literally a stones throw from other tourist attractions, Houses of P, Big Ben, Downing St etc.), GCHQ (Gloucester) Stirling Lines (South of Hereford - have to be quick though - it's due to be demolished soon!), Credenhill (North-East of Hereford), 2 PARA (Aldershot) Brecon Beacons (OK, so that's Wales, not England but hey...) and I even know of an area 51 type place halfway between London & Wales that officially doesn't exist - Ok, said too much now!

I'd be worried though that the bus would suffer from 'Boston Brakes'.......

AIB - Vauxhall Bridge IS a real bridge, but is also the abbreviation used for the so-called pyramid building by those that work there (and what you can see really is only the TIP of a very large pyramid..) - basically because the bridge is the nearest landmark, even though technically it is in a place called Vauxhall Cross (Geez, I'm confusing myself now!)
Anyway, there are some great pubs in the surrounding area so if ever you're in London we'll have to get s***-faced after the secret tour!

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:52)



AIB, take a look at this link. I think you'll find it interesting ;0)

http://www.five.org.uk/security/mi6org/index.htm

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 11:05)



Hoarwithy, tell you what, you drive the bus and I'll follow in "white" car....

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 11:19)



Thanks, Hoarwithy -- neat site! (some I recog from things Buddy has directed me to in the past...)

Now re: Vaux -- let me see if I got those directions -- I keep going down here til I come to the 2nd light, turn right, go up the hill til I see the bridge, keep going til I come to the stop sign, I'm looking for the tip of a casino, where I want to .... oh crap! I'm lost! Forget it -- I'll take a cab! In fact, let's just skip Vaux entirely and go straight to a pub, my nerves are shot....

And yes, Buddy, of course you're right, I should have just done my homework, but, quite honestly, until Hoarwithy mentioned VB, I hadn't really thought much about it before--just struck my curiosity. And besides, I like personalized info-gleaning -- when you can ask a real person as opposed to just Google-ing -- part of the enjoyment of these boards, isn't it? (I hope you didn't mind my being so lazy, Hoarwithy!) Sorry, tho, I don't recall ever reading about AM's wrong turn double-back adventures, but I do think it's pretty neat to learn that AM has the same advice as so many recent personas... who woulda thunk?

>>By am-i-binned   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 14:43)



Am-I-Binned, you said: "Sorry, tho, I don't recall ever reading about AM's wrong turn double-back adventures, but I do think it's pretty neat to learn that AM has the same advice as so many recent personas."

Above stems from celandine talk on grassy London swathes with lashings of HP sauce. By the by, the New Tate is the in place. Pubs are too obvious...And, the menu at the halfway house has gone down hill...

Go tell Lynn not to jump on the *bus* with route 666 up front...

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 17:09)



Huh?

>>By am-i-binned   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 18:13)



Celandine talk = lunch-time chit chat.
HP sauce = Houses of Paliament.
New Tate = meeting place.
Route 666 = Death Corner.
AM double-backs = not in print...

I thought you knew all about "Boston Brakes" = had all the gen! Damn, Hoarwithy's mystery tour bus just stalled...

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 18:43)



Fanx, Buddy...

And while we're riding around on this magical bus, do you think we could stop by a bookstore that sells English-to-English translation dictionaries, pleeeeeez?

Cripes, here I was trying to figure out if Harry Potter had gotten blotto at New Tate's and was out beating the grass talking parsel-tongue to the basilisk.... (vbg, vbw!)

>>By am-i-binned   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 19:14)



AIB - I'm stuck for time now, but will post the 'Boston Brakes' procedure soon. Think various heads of state who have perished in 'accidents', think Princess Diana, think accident...maybe...

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 21:47)



Oh fine! Just leave me hangin', why don't you?!?.... okay, I'll be a-thinkin' and a-waitin'...

>>By am-i-binned   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 22:03)



You sure you want to take a one-way ticket ride on the mystery (secret) tour, am-i-binned? I think not, when you find out where you'll end up!!!

>>By buddy   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 22:48)



Think I can lead on from HRD - you little tease!

AIB - Boston Brakes, now where do I start?!

First used in Boston Massachusettes (apologies for spelling if wrong) to eliminate a leading underworld figure and believed to be invented by the CIA to create an 'accident' affect. It has been used by the SAS and MI6 on several occasions although this has never been admitted. It involves fitting a remote control device to a cars brakes, accelerator and/or steering, enabling 'someone else' to control these vital elements of a vehicle. To be within transmitter range, the 'someone else' would usually follow in another car, wait for a bend in the road, bridge, dangerous tunnel etc. and could then accelerate the car, disable the breaks and control the steering. I think buddy's earlier reference to "driving the white car" was in regards to the white fiat that collided with Princess Diana's car just before the 'accident' but was never traced. Think about it, the most famous woman in the world is killed in a RTA (Road Traffic Accident), and the authorities "can't" find a small car that was involved? Yet they were quick to find alcohol in the drivers blood even though no one had seen him drink that night??

Any victims car involved in such an 'accident' is always compounded and checked by an 'expert', so evidence is never...well, evident!

Hope this hasn't put you off HRD's magical mystery tour! I know I want to book my place and I hope I haven't upset him/her by posting this first!

PS Don't want to get all conspiracy theory on this site and steal DF's thunder (VBW, LOL), but members of the regiment were reported to have been preparing a souped up, armour plated fiat weeks before Diana's death in Hereford...Coincidence maybe?

>>By Sheba   (Wednesday, 21 May 2003 01:37)



Thanks for the explanation, Sheba. At least I think thanks.... ;o)

>>By am-i-binned   (Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:30)



Sheba, how could you?!!!! Oh well, at least it saves my pinkys from tapping away - and I won't be the one they come looking for ;0) Very VERY big wink!

>>By Hoarwithy R D   (Wednesday, 21 May 2003 10:14)



Sheba, you have the wrong name for the butch welder, so maybe you were the upholstery fitter in the red jumpsuit...Gee, it was a drafty old barn...

>>By buddy   (Wednesday, 21 May 2003 13:44)



Just dropping by, still no sign of my 20 yet?

>>By 2ic   (Friday, 23 May 2003 00:05)



2ic, thank you for your contribution on this board, but remember, 2ic MEANS 2ic - 2nd in command - so behave and fall in...

>>By Sheba   (Friday, 23 May 2003 00:07)



Hi guy's, new boy here,
DF seems to know a lot about this cloak and dagger business. I'm sure he knows more than he is letting on. He needs to get published because like am-I-binned, I am eager to read the complete works.
By the way 2ic I think you owe me a pint out of that 20 as I still don't carry any money.

>>By cockney rebel   (Friday, 23 May 2003 16:01)



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