I have a bit of a story about haircuts to end this post, Way back in the day – actually on Wednesday 8th July, 1987 – it was my first day in the RAF at RAF Swinderby. One of the first things that happens – and probably STILL happens at RAF Halton, is a haircut. To show us the standards of haircut expected, the RAF produced a poster showing a “model” airman and the quote from Queens Regulations that “The hair of the head is to be well cut and trimmed”. Obviously this poster was in the barbers sited conveniently in the hanger where we were going through the process of getting our first kit issued to, and I remember paying the princely sum of £2 for the “privilidge” of that haircut.
We went into the barber’s room in groups of 5-10, and in my group was another lad who was wearing a baseball hat – very avant-guard for 1987! We couldn’t figure out why he was in there for the haircut as the back of his head was already shaven; down to the bone almost!
He sat in the chair and the barber looked a bit confused…as did we all until the new recruit took of his hat. Under it was just a thin line of hair. You see, back in civvy-street, he’d been a bit of a rebel and had shaved his head so that all that was left was a thin horseshoe of hair that curved around his head – and was then spiked up – almost like a punk with a Mohecan – but to a length of about 6″ high!
The barber looked even more confused and shook his head. He sighed and simply switched on his clippers and in one swift swoop he shaved the horseshoe of hair off!
“That’ll be £2, mate!” he said…
Anyway, that brings me round to a mini-competition!
I have one of those posters to give away…It is a modern print of the original posters that used to be dotted around RAF stations up to…well actually I can’t actually say WHEN it stopped being used – I realised the other day that they are just not about any more.
But I digress.
The Competition is to WIN this A3 sized poster!
To enter you need to post a line on Twitter saying “I want to win an @RAFairman Competition!” with the #hashtag “#RAFairmancomp”.
You will have until 18:00 (that’s 6pm!) tomorrow, Thursday 4th March to enter.
The winner will be drawn from all the entries from Twitter user names on a bit of paper from in my RAF beret.
I am sorry, but once again, it’s only open to UK addresses, and the winner will be notified BY Twitter at just after 6pm tomorrow.