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    How many servicemen/women does it cost to change a lightbulb

    I wish I could say I was surprised

    BBC News - MoD paid £22 for 65p light bulb

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    "This is classic evidence of how Labour wasted taxpayers' money and shows a complete lack of common sense. No wonder the last government left the MoD with a budget deficit of £38bn."
    Damned typical. "Oh bugger we've been caught out syphoning funds for our sekrit poker tournaments. Quick! Blame the government! Wait no! Blame the OLD GOVERNMENT!"

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    Last thing I heard on radio 5, the bulbs were worth that much. They are not ordinary bulbs after all.

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    That is what they are saying in that report. They are paying £22 for a £22 bulb

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    "The MoD at first insisted the bulbs were highly specialised parts for a radar system, but later said the thrust of the Sun's story was correct.

    It said it was "not denying" the claims after more information came to light."

    Could the MoD be for turning? Unlike Maggie.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12643966

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    It said it was "not denying" the claims after more information came to light."
    No pun intended

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    The bulb was for a Watchkeeper UAV, and as has been stated was actually worth £22. Rugged avionic bulbs will cost that much. Just look at how much halogen bulbs for a car cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    The bulb was for a Watchkeeper UAV, and as has been stated was actually worth £22. Rugged avionic bulbs will cost that much. Just look at how much halogen bulbs for a car cost!
    The appear to have backed down on that excuse.

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    It has now come to light that these are for ration packs. They are crispy and delicious.

    http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2010/04...45_636x300.jpg

    Man eats 1,500 lightbulbs | Metro.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    It has now come to light that these are for ration packs. They are crispy and delicious.

    http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2010/04...45_636x300.jpg

    Man eats 1,500 lightbulbs | Metro.co.uk
    You should have seen his little eyes light up when he opened that ration pack...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    The bulb was for a Watchkeeper UAV, and as has been stated was actually worth £22. Rugged avionic bulbs will cost that much. Just look at how much halogen bulbs for a car cost!
    there was a news item about the Watchmakers yesterday. Good timing (all chronology puns intended)

    British Army to begin Watchkeeper UAV training in May

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    I'm sure that avionics techs wouldn't call them bulbs. They always used to tell me off for that. They called them lamps.

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