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Get Your Haircut…!

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.

Good Luck!

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The Second @RAFairman Competition Winner…

IS…

Rob Sharp, who’s picture (from Twitter) can be seen here.

He wins the “Definitive Edition” Two disc set DVD of the 1969 epic film, “The Battle of Britain”.

Congratulations Rob.  If you don’t follow him on Twitter – you should!

 (NB – the prize was drawn by my girlfriend at random (from her Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps beret!)

I understand that Rob is still at college, but has passed his Officer and Airmans Selection Course for entry into the Royal Air Force, and he intends to go on to be an Communications/Informations Systems Officer.

Good luck for the future, Rob! And congratulations on winning the competition.

The SECOND @RAFairman competition…

As my Twitter followers will know I have been doing a clear out of my cupboards in my room in the Mess. (This is because I am going to be moving out of the Mess in the near future. Don’t worry, I’m not posted or going out of area, just moving where I’m going to be living here at Benson!)

As part of this I have been doing a couple of little give-aways over on Twitter. But the next thing is a bit too…good for a quick give-away.

Anyway. I recently got a copy of the classic 1969 film “The Battle of Britain” on Blu-ray.
This means that my old copy of the film, on DVD, is surplus to my requirements now.

So, the next prize in the @RAFairman competition is going to be my copy of the Region 2 “Definitive Edition” of The Battle of Britain, on DVD.
The competition will run until Noon, on Friday 12 Jan 2010. 

To enter you need to email me at RAFairman@live.co.uk (with “@RAFairman Competition” in the subject line) and in the body of the email, the answer to the following question:

“Who was the Head of Number 11 Group, RAF, (the group that faced the brunt of the Luftwaffe attacks) during the Battle of Britain?”
(If you don’t know, there is a great mini-site with loads of information over at the RAF Official Website – here)
Competition Rules!:
Be quick with your answers as the competition closes at 12 noon, Friday 8th Jan 2010. Emails received AFTER this time will not be entered into the draw.

You need to include the title “@RAFairman Competiton” in the subject line of the email, and your full name in the main body of the message, along with the answer.

The winner will be pulled at random from an RAF Beret on Friday evening. The Winners name will be posted on this blog and on Twitter shortly after.
Only one entry per email account is allowed. No correspondance will be entered into.
If you are lucky enough to be under 18 then you must have your parent/guardians permission to enter.
The Winner will win the a single copy of the Region 2 DVD of “the Battle of Britain”.
The winner will also be notified by email as a reply to the competition entry email. No other accounts will be used.
Sorry, entry is limited to UK (and BFPO) residents only.
GOOD LUCK!

The RAFairman Competition

To celebrate the launch of this blog, with the help of 7644(VR) Sqn RAF, and Character Options Ltd the RAFairman Blog would like to announce the @RAFairman competition.

The prize has been kindly donated by Character Options Ltd, and is quite frankly far more than I had ever hoped for.

It’s your chance to win your own RAFairman!*

Not only that, you can win his Harrier Fast Jet VTOL aircraft as well.  This prize is worth over £50 and will make you the most popular member of your family this Christmas – if you have kids (or even if you don’t!)

To win this amazing prize you need to be able to answer this simple question:

In what year was the Harrier first introduced into RAF service?
(As a bit of a hint you could have a read about the Harrier here.)
To enter the competition you need to email RAFairman at this address with “RAFairman Competition” in the subject line. In the body of the email you need to put your name and (if under 18 your age – you also MUST have your parent/guardians permission to enter) and the correct answer.  If you have a Twitter account you should also include your username. The competition closes AT MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY 15th NOVEMBER.
The rules:
  1. The winner will be pulled at random from an RAF Beret by my Boss on Monday 16th November. The Winners name will be posted on this blog shortly after.
  2. To enter you must supply your full name. Twitter usernames/nicknames will not be entered into the draw.  Only one entry per email account is allowed.
  3. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 15th November.  Emails received AFTER this time will not be entered into the draw.
  4. If you have supply a Twitter username – you agree to being “followed” on Twitter by @RAFairman.  If you do not wish to be followed on Twitter, please don’t supply your username.
  5. If you are lucky enough to be under 18 then you must have your parent/guardians permission to enter.
  6. The Winner will win the “HM Armed Forces RAF Fast Jet Pilot Action Figure and the H.M. Armed Forces RAF Fast Attack V.T.O.L Jet” as supplied by Character Options Ltd
  7. The winner will also be notified by email as a reply to the competition entry email.  No other accounts will be used.
  8. Sorry, but due to the size of the prize entry is limited to UK (and BFPO) residents only.
  9. The winner will be drawn at random and no correspondance will be entered into.
Good Luck!

*Yeah, I know the REAL @RAFairman is a Sergeant, and this chap is going to be a Flight Lieutenant, but just go with it ok? I don’t have a Harrier either, but I don’t hear you mentioning that. In fact going home for the weekend would be a WHOLE lot easier if I did have. Mind you I don’t think it’d fit in the garden…

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