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February 14th, 2017

When the Rock Splits the Flock…

In all armies, conscript soldiers approaching demobilisation like to boast  about the length of time they have been in the military. They dismiss more recent recruits (known as red-arses in Britain, and I suspect in Ireland too) with “Get some more service in!”

While I was a 20-year-old national service soldier, the film star Dean Martin made the Top Twenty with That’s Amore. Those like myself who were getting near demobilisation, adapted it as follows:

“Only two  [or three or four, as the case might be] months to do, That’s a lot less  than you, Get some more in!”

Now the song has been cleverly updated to That’s Amoris. I got it from the Brighton-based blog “That the Bones You have Crushed May Thrill”.

Austen Ivereigh is an ultra-progressive Catholic journalist. He is author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, and a former deputy editor of The Tablet.











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