"In The Event Of A Nuclear War..."
The theme on the piece of paper picked from the "August Pot Luck!" Hat today reads 'Nuclear Bomb'.
As kids growing up in the late 70's and early 80's there was a palpable fear of a nuclear attack. I remember in primary school looking at a map and studying the fallout area if a nuclear bomb hit the UK.
In my small West of Scotland home of Campbeltown, according to the damage zone rings, we would have all been vaporised with the blast itself.
If we did survive the blast then at least we had public information films on the telly every night to show us how to keep our chin up and carry on regardless. These consisted of jumping into ditches and shaking off the fallout dust as if it was dandruff. The lucky ones would be inside the house dealing with small fires, putting curtains over broken windows , and sheltering under coffee tables or setting doors at a diagonal to the living room wall (just try not to knock the 'flying ducks' off the wall as you do this).
There's something eerily fascinating about these 'Protect And Survive' films that were shown at the time. Here's one below, and the rest are all on youtube.
Crazy to think how the threat of nuclear war used to hang over us like some dark cloud. Thankfully we've become a more enlightened species and no President or Prime Minister these days has the itchy finger to press the nuclear button.
Ermm..come to think of it, I think i'll just keep on building my wee rocket to take me off planet!
See ye tomorra!
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