I went to Iraq in 2003 Aug-Oct. I was at an American air base, (Tallil just north of Basra), which was great cos they bring everything! Washing machines, gyms, self help stores with wood etc to build stuff, even pizza hut and burger king. It was great. Anyway, I was over there for the anniversary of 9/11. Not really realising the date I went into the American mess tent. I noted how it was filled with sparkly banners, etc, and a big cake. Once again, I didnt have any recollection of the date. I said in a rather loud voice 'Who's birthday is it?'. I can still see the look of contempt from the marine with an M16 and grenade launcher who was passing by at the time. Talk about egg on my face!