Well, the week didn’t get off to the best of starts and before I write any more, I would like to thank all those British and Coalition Forces personnel on operations around the world, putting their lives on the line. Unfortunately, another brave British Soldier lost his life today.  He was with 33 Engineer Regiment,  the Regiment I am fortunate enough to have served with as a regular soldier and with which I now serve as a Territorial Officer. RIP Bomb Disposal Sapper, you will not be forgotten.

I tried to leave Iraq on Monday, but Iraqi immigration failed to issue me my exit visa on time, which meant a mad rush for the airport only to miss my flight out. That meant I had to fly out on Tuesday, but instead of via Dubai, flew via Istanbul, then Frankfurt and finally arrived in London… minus my luggage!

Today has been rather a military orientated day, with a radio interview with British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFSBS) over the phone – a service I have enjoyed when deployed overseas – and also Garrison Radio at Army HQ.

Although not a good start to the week, it’s great to be alive and great to be at home. My challenge gets closer and closer and there is a definite feeling of ground rush. Saturday I will leave the UK for Japan, with “Blossom” due to arrive on Monday 23rd. Once “Blossom” has been released from the port and arrives at Choshi (will not be as simple as I may imply), final preparations will be made and hopefully a suitable weather window will arrive sooner rather than later, to allow me to row away from Japan… towards the USA…

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  • Rob Hallam:

    Nice one Charlie lad – me and the Twiggster tracking you on the ‘tinterweb here in sunny Basra.

    Aluta Continua !


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