As an aside, a few years back there was a debate about the apparent lack of women commemorated in public statues. One particularly heated discussion on BBC World Service Radio ground to a halt when someone countered that statues of the Virgin Mary were arguably the most prolific representation of an individual human on the planet.
A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not rung in sick one day.
Having an urgent problem with a main computer, he phoned the employee's home number and was greeted with a child's whisper ..."Hello?"
"Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes" whispered the small voice.
"May I speak to him?"
The child whispered "No".
Surprised and wanting to talk to an adult, the boss asked "Is your mummy there?"
"Well may I speak to her, then?"
Again, the small voice whispered "No".
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked..
.. "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes" whispered the child "a policeman".
Wondering what the police would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked..
"May I speak to the policeman?"
"No, he's busy" whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to mummy and daddy and the fireman" came the whispered reply.
Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background coming down the phone, the boss asked "What's that noise?"
"A helicopter" answered the whispering voice.
"What's going on there?" demanded the boss, now really apprehensive.
Again, whispering, the child answered "The search team has just landed a helicopter".
Alarmed, concerned, and a little frustrated, the boss asked "What are they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle...
We the proud few that have passed the test of all tests and earned the right to wear the GB.
Everyone gets the opportunity to attend the school of life, some get it and others don't.
We R.M's are a very small majority in this world but our history has left one hell of a mark on it.
Walk proud and remember those past and present.