Troops ordered to wear underpants
June 01, 2005
LONDON: Britain's servicemen and woman have been ordered to remember to put underwear on when getting measured for new uniforms to avoid embarrassing their tailors.
A notice was issued to members of the army, navy and airforce in January after tailors complained about military personnel turning up to be fitted for their parade uniforms without wearing any underpants, a spokesman said.
"Some of the contractors complained about the embarrassment that causes, not surprisingly, so instructions were issued to all three services just reminding personnel to dress appropriately and modestly," the spokesman told AFP.
"Since this note was issued in January 2005, we are not aware of any further complaints," he said.
The instruction applied to both male and female members of the military, said the spokesman, noting that the tailors also likely comprised both sexes.
The comments came after The Sun tabloid, Britain's best-selling daily, revealed that the instructions were issued to sailors who kept on exposing themselves at measurings.
"Tailors will take the names of any person not wearing underwear," commander Douglas MacDonald was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
A senior officer was quoted as saying he did not think sailors were flashing on purpose.
"It's always been the macho thing not to wear underpants," he said.
"Most have just forgotten when they go to the tailors."
Naked swimmers spark search
May 30, 2005
LONDON: Three British men sparked a full-scale air and sea search after going for late-night swim and forgetting where they left their clothes on the beach, eventually going back to their hotel without them, police said Sunday.
Lifeboats and a rescue helicopter were scrambled at Skegness, a seaside resort in eastern England, after a pile of clothes and footprints leading into the sea were found in the early hours of Sunday.
The search -- described by police as "extensive" -- was called off after three young holidaymakers went to a police station later on Sunday to explain the mystery.
The men said they had left their clothes on the beach to go for a late-night swim following a night out, but had been unable to find them when they got out and went back to their hotel without them.
"At about 4:00am this morning we reported we had found clothing and a mobile phone on the beach at Skegness, and due to footprints in the sand we were concerned the owners had gone into the sea," a Lincolnshire police spokesman said.
"This set off an extensive search by coastguards and police but we eventually found the three young men safe and well.
"They had gone back to their hotel for a sleep after being unable to find their clothes."
What is it with you British, can't keep your pants on?????