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1 week ago

Clara Benson
Heres some Italian war humour for you (rough translation):

Dear Mum,

Im replying straightaway to your letter of 22 March, which arrived today. About eight lines of it were blacked out by the Censor. I dont know what they said, but assuming you didnt mention anything of a military nature, the only other possibility is that you were complaining about either food shortages or the length of the war. So, if you dont want your letters to arrive mutilated like this, you must always take care to say that the war is great and that the longer it lasts the happier well be; that theres plenty to eat, so much so that people frequently refuse their rations; that good humour and happiness reign supreme, especially when were being bombed; and other similar things like the stories we read in the papers, which align with the proper and permitted way of thinking. For example, when bread rations go down, you mustnt write that youre upset or sorry, but that it happened just at the right time, because youd been planning to spontaneously give up part of your rations anyway.

Here's some Italian war humour for you (rough translation):

Dear Mum,

I'm replying straightaway to your letter of 22 March, which arrived today. About eight lines of it were blacked out by the Censor. I don't know what they said, but assuming you didn't mention anything of a military nature, the only other possibility is that you were complaining about either food shortages or the length of the war. So, if you don't want your letters to arrive mutilated like this, you must always take care to say that the war is great and that the longer it lasts the happier we'll be; that there's plenty to eat, so much so that people frequently refuse their rations; that good humour and happiness reign supreme, especially when we're being bombed; and other similar things like the stories we read in the papers, which align with the proper and permitted way of thinking. For example, when bread rations go down, you mustn't write that you're upset or sorry, but that it happened just at the right time, because you'd been planning to spontaneously give up part of your rations anyway.
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My parents married in April 42. My father was sent overseas to the Middle East in May 42 and didn’t come back to the UK until 1945. He was in the Fleet Air Arm. As a child I was shown a couple of V-letters my mother sent him during that period. All I have ever remembered was the sentence “could you please bring me a ripe banana when you come back home”! Rationing was still on when I was a child but obviously food was getting more varied and plentiful by then but bananas weren’t readily available for 5-6 years!

You do find some extraordinary things!

1 week ago

Clara Benson
Give that man a pay rise!

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That's astonishingly prescient!

Alternatively, let’s find out where he’s buried, dig him up and burn him for being the reason I am NEVER alone now.

I ❤️ research! So fascinating. 😀

That's amazing! 😊 When I was quite young I read an article about the future having sidewalks that moved. You'd step on them and ride to where you wanted to go. At the airport, I usually use three of these moving walkways but I walk on them and roll my suitcase so I can move faster! And a movie I saw about the future is terrifyingly coming true, about cameras watching everything you do. Some neighborhoods have chosen them for safety but we're all giving up privacy.

Exactly the word I thought, Greta Hallett!

He must have been a time traveler!

My grandfather predicted we would have televisions on the wall. This was in the 50’s

How forward thinking was he.!

Dick Tracy comic strip featuring the wrist watch like two way radio was even more far seeing historydaily.org/was-dick-tracey-the-character-who-invented-the-smart-watch

Wow! Impressive for 1953! But there was the Dick Tracy cartoon strips back then, right? And he had a phone on his wrist watch, didn't he? (Darn, I should google this first. Nah, I will give someone the joy of correcting me if I am wrong. My gift to someone, no need to thank me.)

Interesting! How forward thinking!

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2 weeks ago

Clara Benson
In York yesterday. I swear they make these street names up just to entertain the tourists.

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Absolutely we do. Want to make something of it? Meet me on whip-ma-whop-ma gate!

This one is in Newcastle

I love this!

It's probably something very rude in Medieval English ...

I dunno what it means over there, but I can think of at least one very rude implication of "Nether Hornpot" in USian.

I read that narrow lanes in the area are known as snickelways. 😂 talkaboutyork.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/open-your-eyes/

Bill Bryson commented in one of his books on the hilarious street names, some dating back to Elizabethan times. You Brits have a wicked sense of humor. 😉

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3 weeks ago

Clara Benson
♫ ♪ Some get a kick from cocaine
Im sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically too
Yet I get a kick out of Vicks ♫ ♪

♫ ♪ Some get a kick from cocaine
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically too
Yet I get a kick out of Vicks ♫ ♪
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If Messrs Procter & Gamble would like to hire me to head up their advertising team there are plenty more jingles where that came from.

Best for bronchitis any day!

I use this whenever I’m ill, and sometimes if I’m not but just need some comfort.

Wonder if you can still purchase this?!??

Kim Skaggs Tutt This is so you!!!

was a green colour this is white

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