Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.


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Nothing really, but I would have wanted it to be more meaningful, you know something that I would remember.’

“I did remember; you called her Inga and she had massive boobs an aal.’

Thirty guilder it cost my dad.’

“All that money for thirty seconds laughed Roger.’

“It wasn’t thirty seconds either said Roger angrily.’

“What you lasted a minute; that’s a record even for your standards.’

“Funny buggers;

“A big banger with a short fuse isn’t that right Ann?

“Well; not that big she laughed.’

“I wish people wouldn’t keep going on about the size of my Willie; I’m beginning to get a complex about it.’

“Don’t worry mate I won’t tell the lads at the Barracks at Chivenor.’

“Tell them what you like I don’t give a shit.’

“Alright then I won’t humiliate you by posting the naked photos I have on the walls.’

“You what, have you got photos of me naked.’

“Yes; do you want to buy them off me; I’m open to bribes.’

“You can go right off some people you know Ann said Ronnie with a hint of sarcasm.’

They had now passed Durham and were not far away from York.

Ronnie took out a can of Tango and opened it and the contents spilt all over him.’

“Not your day is it mate, you could say “you’ve been well and truly tangoed.’

Ann took out some tissues from her bag so that Ronnie could wipe himself down with. “Fourteen miles to York said Roger.

“Sooner I get out of here the better said Ronnie.’ he drank the remainder of what there was in the can then proceeded to look out of the window vacantly.

The made it to York in one hour and forty two minutes    it was hard to find a parking space without having to pay but Roger found one. They all got out and stretching their legs before moving off in the direction of the town; York was like the towns of old with white walls and wooden shutters on the windows the streets were cobbled in places as they headed up towards the Railway museum. The light blue corrugated iron ceiling of the museum had a vast array of old engines including the famous number 4468 “The Mallard” a splendid looking engine that had been lovingly restored. Its blue and 

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