Not Much Happening

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Hi everyone

Well as the title says not much has been happening here apart from it being bloody hot and humid so much for the rainy season in Thailand. When we left India at the end of March we thought and had read that Thailand gets a big wet season, well here we are at the end of August and yes we are still waiting.

Popped down to Patong last Saturday for a few hours and saw for myself the problem they have with the Pollution on Patong beach. The sea is very dirty and there are not many swimmers if any at all.

There is a lot of tourists about which surprised me as this is meant to be the quite season, but the people that are making the money are the Para ascending guys on the beach. It will cost you £30 for a 2 minute fly and believe me people are queuing up for a ride. At one time I saw 6 in the air at once so a lot of money around.

Have to go to Phuket town today and send away my visa forms for India less then 4 weeks before we are back in Goa, and I have to admit I am looking forward to it, so is the other half.

With nothing to report I have found a few pictures of myself during my early army days hope you enjoy them.

And finally thanks to everyone who has brought my book and Im glad you all enjoyed it. http://www.steveosbornebritisharmy.com

Book Reviews

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Just thought I would share a couple of book reviews that I have received from people that have read my book.

There are to many to display which is a nice fact but im glad people have commented on it. 

I very much enjoyed reading this fantastic Book . Day to day life of a very down to Earth Soldier .
 
Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a cracking read for all those who have, like me, experienced very similar occasions whilst in the RCT. A well written book that is highly recommended. Squaddie humour at its very best but I feel you would have to have been that soldier to understand and appreciate the book. Well done Ossie, a very good read. Graham
 
By threlf
Bored with all the military books about bravery beyond belief I’ve been waiting for the book about day to day life in the British army and the most comical person on the planet, the British squaddie. Our paths crossed about half way through the book but I had a content smile on my face from start to finish interrupted only by laughing. Great memories brought to the front and there’s some gaps that could be filled with another book. Nice 1 Ossie “they’ll never make you pregnant!”
 
By Bishy
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Having served in The RCT myself, I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it, once I purchased it I couldn’t put it down! It bought back so many memories of my short life in the army! Well done Ossie great book!! 😉
 
What a great read! A real story of a young lad starting out the rest of his life in the army! Royal Corps of Transport to be precise, a band of men brought together through experiences which no civilian could ever understand! But admire? Yes!
I would recommend this to anybody wondering what it’s like to live life in the army in the 70’s and 80’s or anyone who served to reminisce old times!
 
Stephen Hignett Brilliant read Ossie — still can,t get my head round you being a RSM after seeing what you was like in the wild 38 days lol
 
Jim Hicks There is no problem what so ever. Having served with you a couple of times and reading the good and the bad brought back memories. Especially one, that I won’t spoil for others. You lot get on line and buy. Steve has done something we thought about and once you read you can relate. Well done me ole mate
 

Gary Bishop
46 minutes ago ·
I just want to plug this book, no matter if you have served in the RCT or even the Army or neither this book is a riveting read! It follows one man’s life from being a 17 year old with not many prospects, through to serving 22 years in The British Army in The Royal Corps of Transport. Go on give it a read…

Tony Smith Hey Ossie-Great Book Mate-Could not put the Ipad down !!

 

Sorry couldn’t wait ,chapter 10 it takes me back all those years ago,I have laughed out load and also a tear in the eye,I didn’t have a good start in life but not half as bad as you why don’t you get your book into print it would be a best seller mate. charlie dennis linthwaite

Finished the book fantastic get in print and would be a great keepsake,an honor knowing you Ozzie ,have a good life my friend and remember they can’t make you pregnant ha ha Charlie dennis linthwaite

So there are a few reviews guys check out my web site if you want a great read. http://www.steveosbornebritisharmy.com 

Surin beach Phuket

Posted: August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

We went out the other night with a couple and their daughter for a Thai BBQ the occasion was to celebrate her birthday. A Thai BBQ  is a bit different from how we do a BBQ. Firstly you go up to a very long table and choose from a great selection, want you want to cook, i.e. different meats/fish and veg and take it back to your table.

Then the waiter brings you your own personal BBQ for the table, it is filled with red hot coals, and all you do is put your food on top of the lid that has holes in and away you go, get cooking. I must admit it was different but really enjoyable and the place was packed, and very hot what with all those different BBQ

 

going all at once.   We had a great night in great company.

I thought I would take a trip down to the beach today, so after going to the gym for an hour and a bit, and having lunch I jumped onto the bike and drove the short distance of 3 ks to the beach.

Even though this is the quite season for Thailand I was still surprised to see so many on the beach and in the beach restaurants. The sea was a bit rough and the usual die hards where in there trying to beat the waves.

As I sat on the rocks gazing out to sea I couldn’t help thinking am I getting board with Thailand. Having lived here a number of times now over the years I am starting to think I have done it, seen it, got the t- shirt. Please, do not get me wrong its a lovely country but over the last couple of years its starting to loose its appeal.

Once, this was known as the land of the smiles, but not any more especially down in the tourist areas. Tourism is down as it is everywhere but the Thais still think we are a walking ATM. A couple of years ago if you bought something from a shop the assistant would be smiling and grateful that you shopped in their store. Now they don’t even bother to acknowledge you, it seems to be a effort for them. They have had it good for to long and are not impressed that other countries like Cambodia, or Vietnam are on the up.

I am looking forward to going back to India at the end of September for 6 months and I am not sure if I will return to Thailand or Asia. Who knows I may return to Europe NO not England but maybe Zagreb again or Bulgaria.

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Hi Guys,  trying out different advertising for my  eBook.

As you know its now available in Paperback and getting

some great reviews. A couple of 5 stars on Amazon, not

bad for a first time author.

I cannot put the Amazon Link here , but if you go through

the website, you will get the link and its Free Delivery In UK.

Again Thanks To  You All For The Support

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BOOK NOW IN HARD COPY

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone now I have sorted myself out after writing about Tic believe me that was hard work. I would like to inform you all that after popular demand my book is now available in hard copy.

So its AMAZON for all you Kindle lovers, and SMASHWORDS for all other E pub platforms, and finally CREATESPACE for the hard copy. And Of course  Amazon .co.uk for Paperback and free UK delivery

All links to the above available through my website.

http://www.steveosbornebritisharmy.com

Thank you for all your support.

Steve

Our Baby Tic.

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

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When you travel around Asia as much as we have you are going to come across some sad sights. Now what is sad and cruel to us Europeans is quite the norm to the Asian population which I found out while living in Phuket Thailand.

Now I will confess I have never been much of a dog lover thats because as a kid I got bit by one ( my fault ) and we never had one as a pet. This particular dog kept coming around the house and just sitting there watching us, the amount of times I waved my arms at it and shooooood  it away was hundreds but it kept coming back. One day I was watching the dog at its owners house and was amazed at what I saw. The kids would throw stones and sticks at it and the owners would give it a quick kick and shout at it.

So over I went and tried in a polite way that what they are doing is wrong and cruel to the dog. The owner just laughed in my face and walked away. Now I was pi—- off and this time told him and his kids if that happens again ie throwing stones or kicking the dog then they will have me to deal with simple as that.

Couple of days went by and the kids where throwing stones at the dog in front of the owner, so over I went bollocked the kids told the owner if he stands up I will sit him on his arse and informed him as of now this is my dog.

Sitting on the balcony with my new friend I noticed she had a couple of Tics on her so I pulled them off, in fact I took 100 plus Tics of her and so her name became TIC. A visit to the vet was in order as she was pregnant so that had to get addressed and a few jabs later she was back home. We did not bother with dog food it was chicken and fish for the next couple of weeks and the pounds started to go on.

One day she went missing and we hunted everywhere I even said to her old owner if you have took her I will burn down your house he denied everything. The next day she was sat on the steps with her front feet cut and bleeding, so of to the chemist got some iodine and bandaged her up. Someone had took  her and locked her up but she got away.

After a few months we where moving to north Thailand so that was it she was coming with us, into the pick up she jumped and away we went. So that was how we got the dog and called her Tic.

When we went to Cambodia we flew down to Bangkok with Tic in the hold and I kept saying to the air hostess make sure the pilot keeps the air on for my dog. We walked through the Cambodian Border together not a problem and moved into our new house in Siem Reap. We had a massive garden which she loved and it was hers. Anyone that entered it did so at their own risk she was now a 30 kilo bitch who would protect Mum and Dad at all costs.

But the time came when we had to move we knew this would come eventually but when it did it hit me like a truck I was devastated and so was the better half I am even welling up writing this. We found her a good home a Brit and a big dog lover and we still keep in touch with them and see pictures of her.

So I am now a big dog lover and one day when I settle down and stop moving around I will have loads of them,but I will never find another Tic.

Thought I would do a quick blogg about my book which is selling well I must admit I did not think I would sell one. For those of you that have no idea of what I am on about well here goes.

I have wrote a book about my unhappy childhood and my 22 years 268 days service in the British Army. I joined at 17 years of age and left as a Warrant Officer Class1 (RSM) at the age of 40.

So I decided about 18 months ago to put pen to paper and write about my early life and about all the fun and cock ups that I made during my service, and there was a few believe me.

The book also shows there is more to life in the Army then just marching around in Barracks and getting shouted at, hopefully I have shown there is a lot of fun to be had while serving.

Would love to get the book out to the young ones who are thinking about a career in the Army but keep hitting dead ends, any ideas will be taken on board.

The book is also available on Amazon for kindle and Smashwords for all other Epub platforms.

Here are some of your book reviews.

Gary Bishop
46 minutes ago ·
I just want to plug this book, no matter if you have served in the RCT or even the Army or neither this book is a riveting read! It follows one man’s life from being a 17 year old with not many prospects, through to serving 22 years in The British Army in The Royal Corps of Transport. Go on give it a read…

Jim Hicks There is no problem what so ever. Having served with you a couple of times and reading the good and the bad brought back memories. Especially one, that I won’t spoil for others. You lot get on line and buy. Steve has done something we thought about and once you read you can relate. Well done me ole mate

Just read your book mate , brilliant , but how do you remember so much detail about stuff i got a terrible memory, i dont normally read , so the missis was shocked when i sat all night reading it , anyway well done mate , you deserved to get to top of the tree (some didn’t) as for me they fucked me a few times, but like you said  they couldn’t get me pregnant

George Redpath Just finished the book Ossie, brilliant !!!!!! Didn’t know that our place was for the bad boys !! What the f””k did I do wrong ha ha !!!!!! We had to scrim up pods !! Even in the 1st Gulf war which I thought was shite . But yes would recommend to anyone.

Sorry couldn’t wait ,chapter 10 it takes me back all those years ago,I have laughed out load and also a tear in the eye,I didn’t have a good start in life but not half as bad as you why don’t you get your book into print it would be a best seller mate. charlie dennis linthwaite

Finished the book fantastic get in print and would be a great keepsake,an honor knowing you Ozzie ,have a good life my friend and remember they can’t make you pregnant ha ha Charlie dennis linthwaite

If anyone was in the Army late/70`s, 80`s and the 90`s then they can relate to this book. Cracking John Cutler

Finished your book in 2 Days Ossie. Brought back many many memories. Look forward to you getting it published and getting a hard copy…Well Done Paul Moore