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'Amarillo' Spoof Gets Army's Top Brass Laughing (Must See Video)
BBC News ^ | 5/18/05 | Sam Coates and Dan McGregory

Posted on 05/18/2005 8:19:21 AM PDT by gopwinsin04

It's the sort of Army joke that would be expected to earn a severe rebuke from commanding officers.

But what began as an amateurish spoof could earn a fortune for charity and become the smash hit of the summer.

A group of soliders who jokingly filmed a version of the hit song (Is This The Way to) Amarillo? were coping with sudden stardom.

And rather than being punished for acting like pop star instead of privates, the Ministry of Defense has said they will not be diciplined.

Deptartment of Defense offered it to Comic Relief, which could use it to donate thousands of pounds to charity. The shakily filmed video ended up bringing the Ministry of Defenses computer system to its knees, crashing the server.

The track shows soldiers marching through the base, waving guns, parading bandages, and even sitting on portable lavatories.

Far from being angry, the military has congratulated Sgt. Parr for his morale boosting initiative. 'It's a bit of morle boosting fun and shows that the Forces are able to keep their chin up,' said a spokseman.

The unit is now back in Germany, having returned from a six mount tour of duty in Iraq.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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you can watch the video at this link http://www.vidahost.com/armadillo.php
1 posted on 05/18/2005 8:19:21 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

bookmark for later


2 posted on 05/18/2005 8:21:46 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: gopwinsin04

What happens when you go 6 months without seeing a woman...


3 posted on 05/18/2005 8:22:08 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: 2banana

bump


4 posted on 05/18/2005 8:22:38 AM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: 2banana

It's a total hoot -


5 posted on 05/18/2005 8:23:55 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: 2banana

lmao, here is the http link on the good server http://www.vidahost.com/armadillo.php


6 posted on 05/18/2005 8:24:53 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

Thanks for posting a good link....have heard alot about this....will check it out tonight at home.


7 posted on 05/18/2005 8:26:12 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: MikeinIraq

For later thanks Mike


8 posted on 05/18/2005 8:26:46 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Salvation is not a prayer and an experience its a life changing event <><)
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To: yellowdoghunter

It's a hoot, almost as good as 'Good Morning Vietnam.'


9 posted on 05/18/2005 8:27:39 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: yellowdoghunter

its great stuff. its amazing what you can come up with when you mix a camcorder, windows movie maker, and an attempt to alleviate boredom.


10 posted on 05/18/2005 8:28:29 AM PDT by timtoews5292004
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To: gopwinsin04

It's good to see that a sense of humor goes all the way up to the top. In such a high stress environment, it's great to see folks can still remain grounded. Funny vid!


11 posted on 05/18/2005 8:29:27 AM PDT by Sax
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To: MikeinIraq

You will definitely want to see this.


12 posted on 05/18/2005 8:29:45 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: MoJo2001

Ping


13 posted on 05/18/2005 8:30:04 AM PDT by StarCMC (Free tagline courtesy of JesseJane!)
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To: gopwinsin04

pinger


14 posted on 05/18/2005 8:30:09 AM PDT by steveyp
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To: Sax

My favorites are they guys bouncing up and down on the motorcycles and the Shieks dancing to the music.


15 posted on 05/18/2005 8:30:51 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

Any reason why they might have titled the website "Is this the way to Armadillo?".....or just an oopsy?


16 posted on 05/18/2005 8:35:53 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: gopwinsin04

Ping for later


17 posted on 05/18/2005 8:39:14 AM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I think they were trying to funny...


18 posted on 05/18/2005 8:39:44 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: SusaninOhio

I don't know this song. Are they recreating a music video?


19 posted on 05/18/2005 8:41:15 AM PDT by clarissaexplainsitall (stewed tomatoes are just plain gross)
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To: clarissaexplainsitall

It's a song from like 1971. Sounds like Tom Jones or Neil Diamond to me...


20 posted on 05/18/2005 8:42:07 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04
Spike Milligan lives!

I can only imagine what he would have done had camcorders and the internet been around during his stint in WWII.


21 posted on 05/18/2005 8:42:46 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: gopwinsin04

There is another link at http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn/Forums/viewtopic/t=16848.html


22 posted on 05/18/2005 8:43:28 AM PDT by bookworm100
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To: gopwinsin04

bump


23 posted on 05/18/2005 8:43:47 AM PDT by Andonius_99
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To: gopwinsin04

Why are your federal tax dollars being used to pay the ACLU to bring frivolous lawsuits against you?</p>

Check it out.


24 posted on 05/18/2005 8:44:46 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: hiramknight

Thought you'd get a kick out of this.

'http://www.vidahost.com/armadillo.php

25 posted on 05/18/2005 8:45:03 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: gopwinsin04

....I suppose I could watch the video and see the answer. Duh.


26 posted on 05/18/2005 8:45:54 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: gopwinsin04

Filling IDLE time is an art form in the Military.. in war or peacetime... that is a fact....


27 posted on 05/18/2005 8:46:00 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

This was a brilliant way to do that, they said it was kind of a 'going away video' before they left for Germany.


28 posted on 05/18/2005 8:47:10 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04
That guy ought to get a medal, and be put in charge of MWR for the camp! :-)

It took a little time to get it from the U.K. site though...I put a copy for you Freepers at -

http://www.rc4systems.net/movies/

d/l rates might be better at this site from the U.S. :-) I'll leave it there for a day or so.
29 posted on 05/18/2005 8:47:23 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: gopwinsin04

What a hoot... Good to see that the brass has a sense of humor (or is it humour?) after all.


30 posted on 05/18/2005 8:47:42 AM PDT by Ramius (I'd rather be lucky than good.)
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To: gopwinsin04

It was a big hit in the UK...done by two chaps named Tony Christie & Peter Kay.


31 posted on 05/18/2005 8:49:00 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: Ramius

The guys walking around with their shaving cream still on were funny too.


32 posted on 05/18/2005 8:49:05 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: OKIEDOC

Hate to break the news, but this is Royal Army, not US Army.


33 posted on 05/18/2005 8:49:15 AM PDT by El Conservador ("No blood for oil!"... Then don't drive, you moron!!!)
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To: gopwinsin04

Personally I got no beef with it, grew up around the Military.... and I'm telling you, they find more creative ways to fill time than just about anyone I have ever met.

War is long stretches of boredom with moments of abject fear and inhumanity thrown in. Let em use their idle time however they want, as long as they aren't hurting anyone but the enemy.


34 posted on 05/18/2005 8:49:47 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The song is a perfect match for being overseas in the military!


35 posted on 05/18/2005 8:50:19 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

That was hysterical! Thanks for posting!


36 posted on 05/18/2005 8:51:06 AM PDT by livius
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To: gopwinsin04
Here's a bit of background info.

Top 40 Charts.com

37 posted on 05/18/2005 8:52:59 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: Nightshift

ping


38 posted on 05/18/2005 8:53:47 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer http://www.petitiononline.com/ijg520/petition.html)
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To: gopwinsin04

Hysterical!! Well damn done, lads!


39 posted on 05/18/2005 8:54:48 AM PDT by Exeter (If Life gives you lemons, just shut up and eat the damn lemons!)
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To: HamiltonJay

There's a backup server up now to help carry the load.


40 posted on 05/18/2005 8:54:54 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

Awesome video!

Thanks for posting it!

God bless our troops!


41 posted on 05/18/2005 8:55:36 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: gopwinsin04

WATCH LATER


42 posted on 05/18/2005 8:57:15 AM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

It's #22 on the worldwide singles charts as of May 1 '05! Nice song with good lyrics...


43 posted on 05/18/2005 8:57:24 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: MikeinIraq

OMG!!!! Funniest thing I've seen in a long time!!!!


44 posted on 05/18/2005 9:01:30 AM PDT by acad1228
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To: bookworm100

I'm downloading the 52.7MB file as I type.


45 posted on 05/18/2005 9:05:04 AM PDT by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: gopwinsin04

ping


46 posted on 05/18/2005 9:06:35 AM PDT by A Cyrenian
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To: Mrs.Nooseman

It appears the gaunlet has been thrown to the Aussies and US boys...


47 posted on 05/18/2005 9:07:40 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: El Conservador
Yes I knew that.

Just inserting an opinion and a call for help against the abusive policies found at the ACLU.

Should bother everyone that we pay their attorney fees to sue various groups touting American traditions..

It's time to repeal the law.
48 posted on 05/18/2005 9:07:44 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Im having trouble getting through on the first link, so use the 2nd server.


49 posted on 05/18/2005 9:17:20 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

I guess I should have added and our Allies!


50 posted on 05/18/2005 9:20:59 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman
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