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August 26, 2010

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ajay

These sound like captions to a lost Fougasse cartoon. Like the classic "Mr Punch's Stock Market Report" which illustrated sentences like "Market sentiment was weak today" (man in morning coat sobbing) "but Distillers rallied somewhat" (cheerful kilted man holding whisky bottle).

ejh

I'd have liked to have seen some cartoons along those lines when I read a report about the Australian election result which had "markets nervous" in the headline.

Tunbridge Wells pleasurably excited by bombs?

ejh

I'd have liked to have seen some cartoons along those lines when I read a report about the Australian election result which had "markets nervous" in the headline.

Tunbridge Wells pleasurably excited by bombs?

Richard J

Peter Fleming's Invasion 1940 is a good anecodtal source for popular myths in 1940 (paratroopers as nuns certainly features in it). Ajay's reference to Fougasse reminds me that one of the stories was of a German beach invasion foiled by setting the sea on fire.

ajay

Something that the British were actually planning to do: look up the Petroleum Warfare Department, producers of fougasse mines and Crocodile tanks, as well as the Flame Barrage project.
I don't know if Fleming mentions this, but apparently the "charred bodies" story was originally black propaganda spread overseas that filtered back to Britain.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/dont_miss/codename/bodies_on_the_beach2.shtml
http://www.psywarrior.com/DeceptionH.html

Alex

Nuns, paratroopers and paralyzing gases are widely reported today

Aren't they always?

ajay

It's sort of a nationwide Twitter feed, isn't it?

Richard J

ajay> Yep, he mentions all of those (having a slightly more well-known brother, Ian, helped, I suspect).

jamie

Today's excerpt:

Cardiff, August 1: release of pickled eggs causes relief in densely populated areas.

GLADOS

"Ooh, better out than in, eh, Dai?"

Chris Williams

It reminds me of the proto-Twitter multiverse news feed that Bryan Talbot used as mood music in 'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright'.

Someone needs to go at the M-O online archive with a scraper and a script, for comic effect. "Haw Haw poisoned by Woolton Snoerk Pie" ought to be a possible outcome.

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