Miserable horse guards

Most mornings, I’ll say a courtesy "hello" to the chap standing outside the Whitehall entrance to Horse Guards Parade. He never responds. Miserable bastard.

(In fairness, the bastard in question is doubtless numerous bastards, given the rotation of staff.)


5 Responses to “Miserable horse guards”

  1. Steve on September 25th, 2007 22:53

    Given that the chap in question is probably sporting a large bearskin hat and must each day endure a multitude of hellos, herros and ola!s (offered by British analysts, Japanese tourists and Spanish coach parties etc.), he can be forgiven for not responding in a cheery manner, even if protocol didn’t prevent him from doing so. If it’s a reaction you’re after, pinch his bum, go on (I’m told they love it!)

  2. Shanahan on September 26th, 2007 03:41

    What’s a horse guard?
    A horse who guards?
    A man guarding horses?
    A piece of equipment that protects horses? like the chain guard on a bike?
    Or is the title of your blog indicating an event similar to “man bites dog”, “miserable man guards”.

    Very confusing.

  3. Thelwell on September 26th, 2007 08:47

    Rather than make a statement, why not ask the horseguard a question such as ‘how are you’, or ‘when do you knock off work’.

    At least give the bastards a question to answer, hello is not a call to arms or action shurely?

  4. Jon on September 27th, 2007 03:44

    How about offering a compliment or question, see if that gets a different reaction – maybe:

    Nice hat

    How do you get your shoes so shiny?

    Did you buy that on eBay ?

    (can’t find the story on BBC, but I’m sure I read about a sergeant being court-martialled for selling bearskin hats on ebay)

  5. matt on September 28th, 2007 15:58

    i hate horses. if there was a war with horse guards, i know which side i would be on.

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