2018-03-12 13:43:13 UTC
For the first time in my life I have just spent four days and nights in
bed with a raging flu and now, not much better, going into my fifth day.
Apart from the pain and aching joints and muscles I have been rather
taken aback with the delirium I have experienced. Lots of tales to
relate but this one stands out.
In my military career I have been on exchange schemes with American
Forces before in life but this is rather surreal.
I was on duty in The Whitehouse and a social 'do' was taking place.
For some reason, it was my 'honour' to stand for hours at the top of
some rather grand steps in a long, long corridor.
Many politicians passed by as well as many celebrities and most all were
rather jovial on passing, I would add, white folk far more friendly than
black folk. My delirium, I'll tell it how it was!
By and large President Trump came striding down the corridor, alone.
As some will know, it is protocol for a serving soldier to salute
officers senior to him and in this case to salute a foreign head of
State as they pass.
We Brits have our own rules on saluting as well as the International
Protocols, a serving soldier in uniform may not salute anyone unless
wearing his Regimental head dress but is required to come to attention.
As President Trump came close, I sharply came to attention but for some
reason I wasn't allowed to wear my hat so was unable to salute him and
certainly wasn't likely to give him one of those arm across the chest
salutes we frequently see civilians giving while I was dressed in the
I think he was a bit miffed and he strode by without even a glimpse!