Friday, June 9, 2017

The Blitz and Things That Leave Britain Reeling

Recognize this guy? After the London Bridge terrorist attack, @RichardAngell was interviewed by the BBC while returning to pay a restaurant bill.

I’ve got to pay my bill. Also, we haven’t given the staff a tip, and they looked out for us when they should have been helping themselves.

It was lovely food and I want the rest of my main course.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill 

If me having a gin and tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women, is what offends these people so much, I’m going to do it more, not less. Because that’s what makes London so great, that’s what makes this the best city in the world. And we’re going to go out and do it more.

The WWII Blitzkrieg was a military tactic to destroy Britain's destroy infrastructure and military response through extensive bombing . . .  

but the primary intent of the Blitz was to create overwhelming chaos and terror destroying the Brit's resolve.

It didn't work out as the German's planned. 

The Brits referred to raids as if they were weather. "I wonder if it will be very blitzy this evening."

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight Last Week Tonightin response to the myriad of Britain Is Reeling headlines:

In no way is Britain under siege. Is it upset? Yes! Is it pissed off? Oh, you f*cking bet it's pissed off. But to say it's 'under siege' and its people are 'reeling' is to imply its somehow weak enough to be brought to its knees by three monumental assholes.

Around 50,000 tons of high-explosive bombs and 110,000 tons of incendiary bombs were dropped during the Blitz.
More than 750,000 tons of rubble was used to build airfield runways for the RAF.

#thingsthatleavebritainreeling is sending a global response about the British will.

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling @nytimes releasing leaked sensitive information on an ongoing UK terrorism investigation. Ms Thomas @thiannon_rhomas

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling "To kick off today's meeting, let's all share a fun fact about ourselves"@byalondongirl

At the height of the war, one million women joined the Women's Voluntary Service for civil defense and 1.4 people acted as Air Raid Wardens. 

 Post bank holiday confusion about which day to put the bins out @Berlinseshdmtv

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling Someone standing ambiguously near the back of a queue, but not quite in it. @SadFaceOtter

Humorist Caryl Abrahams reported overhearing the following exchange in a public shelter:

Warden: ‘Are there any expectant mothers in this shelter?’ 
Woman: ‘Give us a chance! We’ve only been here ten minutes!’

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling The sheer bollocking you know is coming when someone says 'with all due respect' @LouiseMensch

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling Threat level may escalate to "There's no need for that." @FelicityMorse 

During the Blitz, 75,000 women of the The Auxiliary Territorial Service managed 2,000 anti-aircraft guns and 4,500 searchlights.
1,400 Barrage balloons were floated above the cities to force the bombers to drop their bombs from a higher altitude, making them less accurate.

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling The same person holding several doors in a row open for you and running out of different ways to say thanks CarpeJugulum 63% @Insinuare

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling Not catching someone's name and having to spend the next three decades avoiding introducing them to anyone @SarahRoseCrook

43,000 people were killed during the Blitz. 
60% of London’s buildings were damaged or destroyed and 1,000,000 were homeless . . . 

while Britain carried on.

Love that #thingsthatleavebritainreeling is trending higher than the attack itself. Now THAT is what it means to be British @AbandonedBear

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