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Track 5 from Go Home Productions “Spliced Krispies” album.
Nuclear weapons presented “much more difficult food defence problems”
The threat of a nuclear attack on the UK in the 1950s caused concern over the supply of tea, top-secret documents which have now been released reveal.
Government officials planning food supplies said the tea situation would be “very serious” after a nuclear war.
“It would be wrong to consider that even 1oz per head per week could be ensured,” they stated.
The papers were released under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Archives at Kew.
Heart and health
The documents said a nuclear conflict would result in the loss of three-quarters of tea stocks.
One paper from April 1955 said: “The advent of thermonuclear weapons… has presented us with a new and much more difficult set of food defence problems.”
The aim was to be “completely ready to maintain supplies of food to the people of these islands, sufficient in volume to keep them in good heart and health from the onset of a thermonuclear attack on this country”.
“It has become increasingly clear that the severity of the attack which the enemy could launch would produce a catastrophe in the face of which past measures would be fatally deficient,” the document added.
For planning purposes, the Ministry of Food listed London, Birmingham, Merseyside, Manchester and Clydeside as H-bomb targets.
Tyneside, Teesside, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Derby, Purfleet in Essex, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Plymouth, Cardiff, Coventry and Belfast were named as A-bomb targets.
Subjects down for discussion were arrangements for stockpiling food, emergency feeding and equipment, and the availability of bread, milk, meat, oils and fats and tea and sugar.
Methods successfully used in World War II would be “unable to maintain bread supplies under the conditions envisaged”, the documents said.
Could Chilli, the 6ft 6in Friesian bullock, be Britain’s tallest bovine?
6ft 6inch cow – Chilli
Chard CHARD Chilli, a Friesian bullock who puts the rest of his herd in the shade, is expected to be recognised officially as Britain’s tallest bovine.
He is 6ft 6in tall at the shoulder and weighs well over a tonne. A typical adult Friesian weighs 0.65 tonnes and is 5ft high.
Chilli, above, is lucky to be alive, having been abandoned when he was a few days old. He and his twin sister, Jubilee, were dumped at an animal sanctuary in Somerset nine years ago and raised by hand. Only his twin, who is 6ft at the shoulder, can look him straight in the eye.
Despite his giant stature, Chilli does not have a special diet and eats grass, with the occasional swede as a treat.
Naomi Clarke, the manager of the Ferne Animal Sanctuary, said: “For some reason a farmer decided he didn’t want Chilli and Jubilee, so dumped them with three others on our doorstep nine years ago.
“He was only six days old and didn’t look that big but as the years passed we noticed he was getting rather tall. We have made an application to Guinness World Records and we are quite confident he will get it.”
She added: “We don’t know what has made him so tall. He doesn’t eat that much. Chilli’s feet and head are in proportion; he is just very large.
“He is a very friendly and gentle animal so we hope he manages to break the record — he deserves it.”
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Lyrics after the jump
A contestant in the second season of the Bulgarian show “Music Idol” performs Mariah Carey’s song “Without you” in fake English.
The contestant’s name is Valentina Hasan, 29 years old. She’s from the village of Zvezdelina, in the Kardzhali Province.[video:youtube:uEbV5M59Xc8]
The audition and lyrics after the jump