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When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
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Jun 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: well-i-think-its-funny
Read in January, 1991

Global thermonuclear war is a surprisingly amusing subject. This graphic novel isn't quite as funny as Doctor Strangelove, but it has some excellent moments.

My favourite bit is near the beginning. Jim is responsibly following the advice in his "Protect and Survive" leaflet (American translation: "Duck and Cover"). He wants to construct a fallout shelter by leaning a door against the wall at a 60 degree angle. So he goes down to the shop to buy a protractor.

He comes back and tells his wife that the international situation must be pretty grim - all the protractors were sold out. But the nice shop-keeper measured him the correct angle on a bit of paper.

You've got to admit that's funny.
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message 1: by David (new)

David Cerruti Manny writes: "... following the advice ... to construct a fallout shelter by leaning a door against the wall ..."

This was before the U.S. had a Department of Homeland Security to recommend plastic sheet and duck tape in case of an anthrax attack.

notgettingenough Reading The Black Cloud at the moment and the political machinations that develop from the information that the sun will be blotted out for a month, reminds me of the US on the nuclear threat.

I can recall watching a documentary on their methods of indoctrinating their citizenry on the issue of a nuclear attack. Amongst other things their citizens were told to carry umbrellas which they could usefully use as cover should they find themselves in the area of a nuclear attack.

message 3: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Williams The Protect and Survive leaflet quoted was actually real. It was issued by the Tory government of the time, also parodied in an episode of The Young Ones.

Manny Oh, it was definitely real! I once held a copy in my hands.

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