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Gone Doolally
« on: Wednesday 22 August 07 14:26 BST (UK) »

For the next time you think, or if someone tells you, you've 'Gone Doolally', as I do now and then  ;D


In the late 19th century, the British Army established a military base at Deolali, 100 miles north of Bombay, India. The base had an asylum where unstable battle-weary troops would be sent, but it also doubled as a transit camp where soldiers at the end of there tour would be stationed to await the boat home. The ships only lefy for Blighty between November and March so soldiers sometimes had months to wait for their transportation. The ensuing drawn-out weeks of heat, exhaustion and boredom often resulted strange and eccentric behaviour. This behaviour would be explained on their return to Britain as 'he's gone through Deolali'.
Source: AFF Magazine


I never knew that 8)

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Re: Gone Doolally
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 22 August 07 14:36 BST (UK) »
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you've 'Gone Doolally'

I feel as though I do that often Daiypetal ::) ::) ::)
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Re: Gone Doolally
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 23 August 07 04:49 BST (UK) »



I am in a constant state of Deolali ...........   ::) ::) ::)


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Re: Gone Doolally
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 23 August 07 11:36 BST (UK) »

I'm so glad it's not just me  ;D

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Re: Gone Doolally
« Reply #4 on: Friday 24 August 07 14:39 BST (UK) »
AHA! Now I have somzing to tell the 'trick zyclist'!!

All will be releived,or is that revealed?

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Re: Gone Doolally
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 25 August 07 00:13 BST (UK) »
Hi daisy petal, my grandmother used that phrase to describe anyone who was not functioning normally in her opinion. I use it too. I have never thought of its origins so I was interested in your post. I will remember that next time I think a politician has gone doolally. Thank you for posting the information.

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