Michael Edward Palin, CBE, FRGS is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries.
When the Sergeant Major, from this scene of Monthy Python’s “The Meaning of Life”, asks his troops if they’d rather be doing something other than marching, he loses all his troops.
The SNCO part is played by Michael Palin, CBE, FRGS who is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter, best known for being one of the members of the comedy group “Monty Python”, and for his travel documentaries.

Every time I see this Month Python classic clip (further below), it reminds me of my own basic military training courses (was privileged to have done two, one as a squaddie, and another rather lengthy one as an officer-cadet!), since it takes the comical piss at the core fundamentals, which aim at gelling together a body of men into a cohesive team, into a “band of brothers” if you may wish to call it so.

Much of the drill done today is either ceremonial, or implemented as a core part of training in the Armed Forces. Military discipline is enhanced by drill, as it requires instant obedience to commands.

Foot and arms drill is a crucial part of this process, as its an essential part of the training regimen of any  organized military and paramilitary elements worldwide.

Watch “The Meaning of Life (6/11) Movie CLIP – Would Rather Be Elsewhere (1983)”

“Foot drill” (or “Drill”) stems from time since antiquity when soldiers would march into battle, be expected to gather in a formation, and react to words of command from their commanders once the battle commenced. Drill was often used as a forerunner to great battles; during them it justified itself. It was also utilized after battles, where quick restoration of the corporate unity of an element was required.

Nowadays, drill commands remain used all over the world in all branches of the military, and are generally used with a group of soldiers that is marching during military foot drill or in marching band.

In the Maltese armed forces, the words of command remain in English, identical to the British Army’s drill commands. Drill commands are best given in an excellent command voice. A command voice is characterized by DLIPS: Distinctness, Loudness, Inflection, Projection, and Snap.

Regimental Sergeant Major Brittain, owner of the loudest voice in the 1950s' British Army
Regimental Sergeant Major Brittain, owner of the loudest voice in the 1950s’ British Army. Hear his barking voice in this period newsreel below…

Commands are broken up into two parts: the “precautionary” (i.e. “Squad, single file from the left quick -“) followed by the “executive” (-MARCH). There is a standard pause of two paces in quick time or one full second between the two commands, as well as between all drill movements.

Throughout military history’s great campaigns, drill proved useful when marching formations of soldiers cross-country. For example, officers could form men from an eight-wide route march formation to a two-wide formation for passing through gates and other narrow passages, without losing time or cohesion. Drill was used to efficiently maneuver formations around and through obstacles.

Basic Military Training (or Boot Camp as it’s called in some non-British Commonwealth countries!!) has always at its core drill to instil in the recruits military bearing, discipline, and a sense of accomplishment. It teaches adherence to standards, response to commands, individual coordination, teamwork, esprit de corps (the spirit of the formation/body from an historic perspective), alertness, urgency, confidence, followership, attention to detail, and leadership. It gives a group the ability to render respect, show honour, and uphold tradition. It’s also a form of exercise.

Exhibition drill displays bring out creativity in designing the marching, body movement, and rifle manipulation. All comes from the professional ability of the NCOs on the Directing Staff (DS) to teach the recruits (or Regular soldiers in cases of ceremonial events) the processes of the performance required of them.

Delegation of responsibilities while maintaining ultimate responsibility for the performance outcome. Memorisation of the routine: commands, marching, and (rifle, flagstaff, and/or body) movement. The ability to think quickly to ensure the squad stays within the time limit and physical boundaries and recover from possible mistakes.

Any soldier will admit and concede that military drill has multiple benefits, some intangible and some to be realised possibly years later. All of these benefits come to fruition in battle, that’s why soldiers march in the military, but they also are realised in all kinds of aspects of life in general.


I’m Finally Back to Writing Some Blog Posts Again…

An attempt to keep this nook in cyberspace active and busy,…

After yet another pretty long spell writing content for third parties, have decided that it was high time that I return to churn out something for my own little nook here in cyberspace.

So now, whenever or whatever catches my fancy, will endeavour to share here instead of simply reposting it outright to my Facebook wall. Am not such an active aficionado on Instagram or Twitter, and most certainly not on Tik Tok . . .

Thanks for the follow,… see y’all further down the line…

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When the X-Files drops the truth

Likely that George Orwell’s novel missed its date mark by a little bit, but many will agree that we’re nearly there . . .

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing attack on Facebook in full: ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

The speech given at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL, by the actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who attacked Facebook and other social media platforms for enabling the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation.

The speech was striking in its sincerity – Baron Cohen appeared as himself, rather than “in character” as one of his satirical personas – and its blistering tone. Describing Facebook as “the greatest propaganda machine in history”, Baron Cohen argued that the company, which does not vet political ads for truthfulness, would have allowed Hitler to run propaganda on its platform.

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“And they’re off,…!!!” as they say at the races…

It seems the politicking has gone into full swing election campaigning now …


Am also thinking how this post pandemic state of affairs will handle mass rallies or other political gatherings,…

Here’s hoping we aren’t all transformed into zombies or brain washed stooges with all the drugs administered, abused of or other buzz words like ‘herd immunity’, and other techno-medical jibber jabber,…

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Malta Drone Centre with Hawk Aerospace Limited, has concluded its first drone Pilot Flight Training sessions in Malta. Three candidate drone pilots attended this Basic Flight Training course led by experience drone instructors. 

Skills required to fly multi-rotor drones start from basic flight skills to more advanced drone handling , flying missions and operational/ site/risk assessments that are all required for carrying out drone flying and drone operations safely.

The new EASA Drone Regulation introduced and local drone requirements as defined by the local aviation authorities (TM-CAD), require appropriate flight and operations training now. Having drone pilots who are formally trained with a drone competence certification can open up new doors in the drone services industry. Many EU countries and in the US see certified drone pilots and operating procedures as a mandatory requirement when drone flights are commissioned, especially when they engage third party drone service providers.  

Anyone interested in the Drone Flying and Operations Training available from MDC can find further information on URL https://lnkd.in/dbj7skJ or can contact MDC on info@maltadronecentre.com.

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Prince Harry won’t salute at Prince Philip’s funeral – unlike Prince William and Prince Charles

The Duke was previously stripped of his military titles

Prince Harry’s attendance at his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday will visibly mark his change of status within the royal family.

Following his decision with wife Meghan Markle to step away from their roles as working royals, Harry lost his honorary military titles, including that of Captain General of the Royal Marines, and as such is likely to wear a suit rather than a military uniform.

WATCH: Prince Philip’s best family moments

Protocol states that retired service personnel are allowed to wear their medals – but not their uniform – at official engagements once they have left the military. Furthermore, only those wearing a military headdress can salute, meaning that Harry is also not entitled to salute at the funeral, unlike his brother and his father.

Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday is a ceremonial event, and it is thought that Prince Charles, Prince WilliamPrincess Anne and the Earl of Wessex will all attend in military uniform.


Prince Harry pictured at the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002

Having been forced to step back from public life “for the foreseeable future” over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew – who served with the Royal Navy for 22 years – is also prevented from wearing military dress.

It comes after Prince Harry released a personal tribute to his late grandfather. The 36-year-old – who is currently self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage after returning to London from California for the funeral service – said in his statement: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.


Prince Philip with his grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.

“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’


Harry described his grandpa as ‘legend of banter’ in his tribute

“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered – by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts. The message concluded, ‘Per Mare, Per Terram’ – which means ‘By Sea, By Land’ in Latin.

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Flower-laying ceremony to honour Prince Philip this Saturday

Public urged to lay flowers on steps of Villa Guardamangia

People mourning the death of Prince Philip are being urged to lay flowers this Saturday on the steps of the Maltese house he once called home.

The event at Villa Guardamangia is being organised by the Malta George Cross Movement.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died last week aged 99. He and Queen Elizabeth II, at the time a princess, lived in the Guardamangia property between 1949 and 1951, while he was a naval officer stationed in Malta.

Peole who wish to pay their respects will be able to lay flowers at the villa’s steps until 12pm on Saturday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, lingering will not be permitted.

The Malta George Cross Movement said it hoped the flower-laying event would provide the Queen and royal family “with a degree of relief and compassion at what is presently a very sorrowful time for the royals as well being a way of standing with the royals and the British public during their trial to mark the many happy years enjoyed between the Maltese and the British people.”

Philip’s funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon and televised by national broadcaster TVM.

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Farewell Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The man who took the famous photograph that led to global speculation that Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were expecting their second child has paid tribute to the Duke. Frank Attard, now 93, snapped the young couple (above) in 1950 at their Villa Guardamangia home in Malta, where they enjoyed an idyllic two years unrestrained by Royal protocol before Elizabeth’s Coronation three years later. Recalling the photocall, he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Prince Philip gave this two-finger signal as I took their photograph. When I sent the photo over to the British newspapers, they said it expressed how they were expecting their second child’
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Maybe the food from Star Trek is already here

Un frammento della carne sintetica muscolosa come quella bovina ottenuta in laboratorio (fonte: Istituto di scienze industriali, Università di Tokyo)

So, came across this article (in Italian) on synthetic meat, lab grown chow, and it immediately reminded me of Star Trek food replicators, of Captain Jeanluc Piccard ordering his earl grey tea, and so many other episode plot lines of their scifi stories.


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