For other photos of other Brits & the stories to match, go to The Brit Club page - Hangout for the Northwestern Europeans
The Diego Garcia Rogues' Gallery:
But first, here's a couple of DG gobs from 1976. Where did they get those shirts? And what's with the hugging?
This was, without a
doubt, the most interesting tatoo on the island in
The British Forces
Role in the Revolution of April 21, 1988.
The Brits on Diego Garcia were among the most interesting of the Revolutionaries involved in the 1988 "silent coup" which established the Provisional People's Republic. Mostly they were known for going half-naked all the time. Perhaps it was because they came from a cold, inhospitable climate, or maybe because they wanted the world to see their tatoos, or possibly it was because they wanted skin cancer. Never-the-less, these fellows (and Jayne) were usually to be found nearly, or completely, naked. Personnally, I was embarrassed of my belly, but these fellows loved to show off the subcutaneous layers.
It was this endearing trait, that permitted them to function so effectively in the Revolutionary Struggle. Anyone fearless enough to run around in public with their bellies bouncing, and then sit on their country's flag, were naturals for the recruiting efforts of the Revolutionary Cells (see the Brit Club page for more on these activities). Anywhere the Brits went in their cute little uniforms, or wearing their flag as underwear, everyone paid attention to them, and ignored the Revolutionaries in their midst!
One of the most effective
Revolutionaries was Brian Mendham, from
Nottinghamshire, in England. As Manager of
the only telephone exchange for private calls off
the island, he was in the perfect position to
track who was buying a lot of phone cards, and
therefore calling home a lot, and therefore
disallusioned and therefore ready for recruitment!
The Brit Rep was also the Justice of the Peace for
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