who were in a patrol base and that patrol base
needed re-supply, constant re-supply
and one day, during a re-supply
the culvert collapsed that was outside that patrol base
and started flooding the area.
We found an old culvert pipe which we regenerated,
dug out the old ones, and replaced back into a ditch
which we then started to fill with chip-ins, soil,
basically whatever we could find
but had no way of compressing it.
So we were trying to just bang it down with our feet
and the kids thought this was incredibly amusing.
And it gave me a little bit of an idea.
And we asked the locals whether they had some music
and one of the kids brought a CD player
and it's like Indian type music,
and we played that and all the kids started dancing around.
I thought, "This is fantastic," so I started
dancing with them, and then some of the other adults
started coming out seeing what we were doing
and they started dancing as well.
And then literally, we would throw an additional layer
of soil on, and then dance on that
until eventually we compacted the soil,
the aggregate, whatever we could find,
to a level on which became compacted enough
for us to be able to get vehicles over
and re-supply and then do the job properly.