Just sorted through some old memorabilia and came across this Christmas Card from 103 MU Akrotiri sent to me in 1964 by Mick Frost, Mick and I were good mates at El Adem he and several others got posted from El A to Akrotiri in 1964, I'm still in touch with Mick today
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When I arrived at Akrotiri, I was sent to 103MU, and stayed there for a few weeks, until some flatass phoned me and asked what I was doing there! I replied that I was sent there by SHQ, and had been paid there, so it was all legal, and for him to check my arrival blue chitty. Someone had cocked up somewhere, and I was getting the blame! Anyway, I was re-posted, this time to ASF, where I stayed until tourex. While on 103MU (nicknamed 'Noddyland'), I did sod all there but play miniature cricket! On my return to the UK I was posted to 60MU, because my records showed I had previous MU experience!!
The family and I went out to 103MU in 1969 and remember being put up in a hotel in Limassol on arrival, strange thing was when i went I went outside to get fags from the stall there were a lot of really poshly dressed women around early evening with hairdos and long dresses, there was music going on all over the place.
I found out the next day that we had been put up in Hero's Square and they weren't neccessari;y women!!!
Needles to say I never went back(Liar!!!!!!)
Iwas put in this 'factory' ripping apart teleprinters and me a Borneo combat veteran!!
We did have the chance to go and pick up printers for repair from such exotic places as El-Adem, Malta etc but all in all a good family tour, lived just up from Ayia Phylia crossroads until we got a quarter.
Scotties steak house and The Britannia were the favourites eateries, in Scotties they beat the steak flat and put an egg on it.
I somehow seem to remember crawling on the floor to ge my coat from the hatstand after one Christams do in the Brit, Kokinelli and Brandy whew!!
Bye for now, happy memories
Yes I remember 103MU,. I didn't do much either, but like a daft ##!!?? volunteered for the Mountain Rescue Team. Anyone remember the bars in the billets at Christmas? The WRAFs were allowed one, I think their two plug bouncers broke the height record. The girls had dressed up in bunny outfits and me being me had to make a few very ribald comments together with some tail tweeking. I still reckon I cleared the bushes 20 feet away!
Little Arif's bar at the end of the Limassol bypass was the cheap place to eat and get a ride home, he had this old Chevrolet Impala (with the BIG wings), the back seat of that could tell a few tales. Free Kokinelli with your meal, and I watched Armstrong do his "small step" routine on the black & white TV.
While I did not serve on 103MU during either of my two tours in Cyprus the following from Sven indeed brought back memories.
“Little Arif's bar at the end of the Limassol bypass was the cheap place to eat and get a ride home, he had this old Chevrolet Impala (with the BIG wings), the back seat of that could tell a few tales. Free Kokinelli with your meal, and I watched Armstrong do his "small step" routine on the black & white TV."
I well remember Little Arif's ... His prices were (I believe) unbeatable and he seemed more than willing to be helpful and obliging whenever possible. Yes........ The Chev Impala ! I remember during my second tour in Cyprus the situation had reached the point it was not advisable for a Turkish Cypriot to venture into the Greek zone of Limassol, especially at night. On a couple of occasions, rather than drive us home to our house in the Greek area, Afrif let me use his car to get home at night; I dropped it off on my way to work the next day. Of course, if the following day was not a working day returning the car was good reason to enjoy an early lunch and a little more Kokinelli !
Thank you Sven for jogging my memory.
My late father, Ron Curtis was the F/Sgt on ARF, 103 MU from 1963-66.