Saturday, April 01, 2006

For King and Country

Dublin is a small and gossipy town and ever since we started this modest diary, people who move in those overlapping media, civil service, legal and other circles have been keen to pass on all sorts of juicy stories about our good friend, Kevin Myers. Among the more interesting tidbits Cruiskeen Eile has been more than a little bemused to learn - from a source in the know - is that in the wake of the terrorist atrocities of “9/11” and the establishment of the coalition of the willing, the Colonel quietly contacted friends in the Royal Irish Regiment, with whose officers he has happily messed on occasion (Irishman’s Diary passim), to see whether it would be possible to obtain a short-service commission and, presumably, do his bit in the great civilisation clash he described in such histrionic tones in the pages of the Irish Times – the beast slouching towards Bethlehem, the blood-dimmed tide, the falconer bidding the falconer etc.

This action isn’t unprecedented among older, conservative celebrity types, of course. Bruce Willis attempted to join the US Special Forces to help prosecute the war on terror, but was also turned down on grounds of age. Both men are known for keeping fit, Bruce through the punishing schedule of physical exercise required by any action star, and Kevin through bracing walks in the Kildare countryside.

Denied the opportunity to square off against the terror merchants, Bruce intends to put a big smile on Mark Humphreys face by making a movie about the activies of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment in Iraq.

Congratulations Mark. We hope you and this movie are very happy together.

4 Comments:

Blogger ChrisWoznitza said...

Hi ich bin Chriswab aus Bottrop !! Viele Grüsse !!

2:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Sir James Smith-Smyth-Smith said...

Myers has a long military history. He was a colonel in the King's Black torrent Guards during the boer war (this was before he took up a cabinet position as Minister for Petroleum Distillate Production In the Colonies, under the administration of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman). Good chap Myers, knew him in school. Fine feller out on the rugger pitch. We used to call him "Paddy".

3:26 p.m.  
Blogger Laughman said...

A commission, no less? No footslogging for this soldier. And let's face it, you'll find a much finer quality of port in the officers' mess.

9:49 a.m.  
Blogger EWI said...

Feck Willis, I'm holding out for Arnie to make a return after Californians toss him out on his ear. What was the final body count for Commando, does anyone recall?

3:45 a.m.  

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