Picking Up The Brass by Eddy Nugent

By Eddy Nugent

It's 1985, The Smiths are within the charts and Maggie Thatcher is in No10. Eddy Nugent's in Manchester, he's sixteen and he's slowly going out of his brain with boredom. So what does he do? He joins the British military.

Overnight, he leaves the relative sanity of civvie highway and falls headlong into the lunatic parallel universe of simple education: a lifetime of press ups, boot polish and drill.

Gradually, he unearths his toes and settles all the way down to existence as a soldier. There's nonetheless lots of press ups, boot polish and drill to occupy him, yet he unearths time for beer, women and different undesirable behaviour.

Andy McNab he isn't.

Picking Up The Brass is a hilarious, riotous and FHM-approved examine lifestyles as a tender recruit.

'Eddy Nugent' is the nom de plume of 2 squaddies, Ian Deacon and Charlie Bell. heavily according to their very own reports, it's a must-read for a person who has served, a person who's making plans to hitch up or an individual who's ever concept, 'Surely no longer each soldier within the military is proficient to kill individuals with a toothpick?'

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Indeed, something of a mother fixation. You would expect such a seemingly sophisticated language to have long since matured. After all, it’s more than a thousand years old, it has cohabited with others, travelled the world. But no – watch French closely and you’ll see that it is still clutching at the skirt of its mother: Latin. It was Julius Caesar who planted the first seeds of French. In the first century BC he and his legions took over Gaul, as France was then known. He came, spoke and conquered, and when the Romans departed five centuries later, the people they left behind spoke Latin.

All of Norway – many times larger than Denmark proper – suddenly gained independence, albeit initially under the rule of the Swedish king. Danish, having been the official language for centuries, had exerted a strong influence on Norwegian, particularly the kind spoken by the urban elite. Norwegian nationalists now had two objectives: out with the Swedish king, and out with the Danish language. It took a while, but eventually they managed both. The Danish language was also losing ground further afield.

The decline began in 1814 when Denmark, a loser in the Napoleonic Wars, was forced to cede part of its territory. All of Norway – many times larger than Denmark proper – suddenly gained independence, albeit initially under the rule of the Swedish king. Danish, having been the official language for centuries, had exerted a strong influence on Norwegian, particularly the kind spoken by the urban elite. Norwegian nationalists now had two objectives: out with the Swedish king, and out with the Danish language.

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