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Don't mess with Rick

Author Mike Tunstill relaxing after writing some of his next Rick Buckler novelBudding novelist Mike Tunstill has created an all-action hero to challenge the likes of James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher.

Introducing Maj Rick Buckler, Brigade of Gurkhas – hard as nails, off the rails and missing in action.

Ordered by dark forces in the Government to go away and be dead, and stay that way, Buckler resurfaces on his own terms to do what needs to be done.

“Buckler is tough and dangerous, and won’t stop until he finishes what others have started,” said Mike, living and writing in Suffolk, who hopes this first gritty title, Lemesos, will be the first in a Rick Buckler franchise.

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Welcome to Wiltshire

Over 40 per cent of Wiltshire is designated as an area of outstanding natural beautyWiltshire has a long relationship with the military which is set to continue as more than 4,300 Service personnel will be settling into the county over the next five years.

The Army Basing programme is a key development for the county as Service personnel and their families settle there. 

Alongside key partners, Wiltshire Council is preparing the way to make the transition as smooth as possible.

But as well as welcoming newcomers, the council and partners are keen to hold onto those already here who are preparing to retire from Army life. 


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Redcaps in the dock over vile 'initiation' drink

Four Royal Military Police corporals have been acquitted of assaulting two rookie Redcaps by pressuring them to drink vast amounts of alcohol at alleged initiation ceremonies in a Gütersloh mess.

The four defendants were cleared of any wrongdoing after a court martial found that the newcomers had consented to drinking yard glasses of mixed booze before they collapsed and became ill.

Prosecutors had claimed that LCpl Chelsea Memmott effectively had no choice when she downed a ‘welcome drink’ containing 1.5L of a “hideous” alcoholic concoction.

She was hospitalised for five days and almost died, having been admitted with a blood-alcohol level almost six times the drink-drive limit.

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Warden leaves a full House

The Rev Cole Maynard, Warden of Church House, with Claude Anshin Thomas, the former Vietnam veteran now Buddhist monk who visited the House in July 2014When the Reverend Cole Maynard took over as Warden of Church House almost three years ago, he had the overriding goal of bringing the outmoded and oft-overlooked BFG welfare facility into the 21st century.

Thanks to his top team of military and civilian personnel, the conference venue tucked away in the woods of Lübbecke is once again firmly on the BFG map – and in great demand.

Indeed, the range of courses and services on offer at the modernised facility will ensure it stays open until the middle of 2018.

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