Thingish Things

British Resolve — in Color

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jul• 26•11

from Mail Online (Time Life/Getty)

Life Magazine is releasing new colorized images of London during “The Blitz” to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Nazi air attacks. (Thanks to Ray F. for the heads up.)  My favorite of the lot is the photo above. A high-altitude balloon to ensnare low-flying German warplanes is being prepared for ascent as a Londoner digs deeply into the latest Orwell or Dahl.  How very British.  More photos available here

P.S. My brother Gerry reminds me of a classic short story by Roald Dahl, “Beware of the Dog.” If you haven’t read it and have a few minutes, it’s a WWII must.  It is available here


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  1. Me says:

    Oh please, neither Orwell nor Dahl. He was desperately trying to cram in as much as he could from his German-English dictionary. Brits also like to be prepared:-)

  2. Nick says:

    Pretty thick book. Could be Gibbon, maybe Homer. The Brits do like to be prepared but I doubt it was a German-English dictionary. My mother was in England during the war and said even though they imagined the worst, bombings, gas attacks and so on, they never seriously thought Hitler would win. It wasn’t denial. It simply was never a possibility in their minds. This photo captures that spirit.

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