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ITALIAN SANG TO KIWIS ICITEHAWK DEPREDATIONS By Cpl. "JOE SOAP" I The adjutant of a transport unit in r North Italy was always to the fore in . arranging entertainment for his men. On ; one occasion he' secured the services of ■ a top-ranking Italian tenor, who gave the • Kiwis extracts from opera which earned him repeated encores. The pleased adju- . tant waited on the singer after the show and discreetly offered remuneration. Imagine his surprise when the Itie refused any monetary consideration, but intimated he would be pleased to accept a gift of bully beef. Six tins paid the fee. Ye gods! Opera for bully beef. Back in New Zealand we knew' vermouth as the basis of a good cocktail, and now and then we would note a bottle m the saloon bar array. But a vermouth brewery! Well, in the north of Italy, not far from Forli, a Kiwi water-carrier was hooping along a road when he heard of such brewery and he immediately set off in the direction of the plonk. Coming to a bridge he was stopped by a Pongo provost but stated that he had been sent for by the New Zealand Artillery, ttp ahead. Passed on, he got to the factory and filled up with vermouth. In addition he strapped several jars round his vehicle. Just as he was getting away he was hailed by a Tommy staff car, but down went his foot and by a different route he got back to his delighted unit. Did he get a gong? No, but there were wrathy Pongos who simply yearned to give him "90 days" had they caught the driver of the "Vermouth Tank." Egypt's Scavenger Hawk A brand new golf ball for 22 piastres (4/0), a beautiful drive of 230 yards from the first tee at Gezira, a power-dive by a kite-hawk—and a Kiwi "one-pipper was heard expressing sentiments wlncli no nature lover would condone. 1 Ins triCK of Egypt's scavenger hawk is no uncommon experience on the links and many a Kiwi playing at Oozira or Maadi has lost "pills" to the klifti beak or claw. Caddies are native boys and when a ball is taken by a "kite" the lads screech at the hawk and follow in the remote hope of recovery if dropped. The observant golfer notes, however, that "George seldom salvages the "pill" but is always ready with another for which he seeks anything from 2/ to 7/. " Incidentally the kite-hawk, a protected bird in Egypt, does not hesitate to raid the munga queue. On occasions high above a Maadi Camp cookhouse some 00 or 70 "kites" may be observed. As the men file through the cookhouse and cross the 20 yards to a rness room, extreme vigilance is necessary when this "umbrella" is overhead. When the hungry kites are raiding, the alert Kiwi hugs his dixies or plates, but. ever and anon there is a forgetful diner and when the penalty is suffered there is huge enjoyment among the onlookers.

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"BULLY" BEEF WAS HIS FEE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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"BULLY" BEEF WAS HIS FEE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945