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St Hill Urban Legends

Discussion in 'Europe' started by @lutz, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. @lutz

    @lutz Patron

    I remember a period of high melodrama when St Hill was hit by a Flag Mission that announced its arrival by pinning their mission orders to the door of Reception with a dagger. St Hill's atmosphere suddenly switched from being relatively laid back, into a draconian scene from George Orwell's 1984. Lots of pressed white shirts with gold braided lanyards marching around scaring everyone shitless. The Stasi had nothing on these guys . . . if you overslepted . . . you woke up on the RPF.
    A few weeks later one of their key players was himself RPF'ed for perving through the window of the ladies showers at Brookhouse. Such hypocrisy.
  2. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Could you add some dates to these stories? I thought the dagger thing was 1968-ish but Brook House and Bullards were bought in 1979.

  3. @lutz

    @lutz Patron

    Hi Paul . . . I guess it could have been early eighties but I can't be sure . . . it was so long ago.
  4. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Thanks. Yeah, somewhere around 1982 things changed markedly for the worse at SH, obviously reflecting management shake-ups. Missions were a staple of life -- [edit] oh, maybe I remember this ... I didn't see the dagger, but I think I heard about it, and how it didn't go down well at all, creating bad PR for the mission because of damaging the door varnish, being too American etc etc. Whoever wrote the Mission Orders must have thought the 1968 Otto Roos thing sounded like a good way of establishing ethics presence.

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  5. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    "Ethics presence."

    Photo and caption from the Auditor newspaper, late 1960s.
  6. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    In the US, the early 80's was when we had a lot of harsh ethics missions, the Int Finance Police, etc. I could see SH not escaping the general madness.
  7. Clay Pigeon

    Clay Pigeon Gold Meritorious Patron

    The jackass with the swagger stick need a knee lifted into his groin with sufficient alacrity to leave him with a testicle hanging out of each ear
  8. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    With most of these missions, the stupidity was likely not their idea. Missions were micro-managed from Flag, and had to do whatever their Mission Ops told them to do. Lots of telex traffic back and forth.
  9. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Your date sounds right to me. There was a short period in the early 80s when "dagger on the door" was some sort of Scientology trend or something.

    Around 1982 or 1983, when I was Dir I&R AOLA, one of the LA OTs was upset when his friend was declared SP and put a dagger with a note on it on one of the PAC MAA's door. I think it was the MAA ASHO-Day who declared the public OT's friend. The OT who put a dagger on the door was instantly declared.

    He didn't actually mean it as a threat to kill the MAA, but he was really upset. Anyone would be.

    I was asked by one of his friends to try to help, so put together a Board of Review for him. I believe Melanie was Cont Justice Chief PAC at the time and she approved the findings to cancel the Declare and Jurgen Brock, who was IJC at the time, also approved it and just gave him some amends. They were both decent people who didn't believe in being heavy-handed, but neither lasted long on those posts.

    I don't know what happened to his friend who was declared, though... that one was out of my hands.
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  10. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    If you look closely enough, you might just see one hanging out of the left ear.

    You're going to need a magnifying glass but.
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