As an official observer, I watch as the British Army puts nooses around the necks of three young soldiers. The nooses are attached via lengths of rope to catapults. It appears that the three men are to be hanged quite spectacularly and then shot in mid-air at the same time.

But when the brake is released and the men shoot into the air I realise that I have been wrong. Each man has two other ropes which are to be used to climb to the top of the crane to which they are attached. The noose is to make it extremely uncomfortable for them and to motivate them to climb. Several other older men are also performing but, because they are old, each of them has been given an electrical climbing machine to help him.