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Nuclear threat sparked tea worry

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.


Food stockpiles

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.

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Holy Cow

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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GTA 4 just out for the ZX Specturm! EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!

We can exclusively reveal that in a shock move Rockstar Games in Edinburgh have released a demo of Grand Theft Auto IV early exclusively on the ZX Spectrum!

The game requires that you load up a specially adapted Windows XP that over clocks the Z80 CPU traditionally @ 3.5 MHz to 3.5 GHz!

We are currently on tape 25 of 300 having a “R Tape loading error, 0:1” failure the first attempt.
Having realigned the head our second attempt at loading has taken 4 hours so far…..

Exclusive screenshot!!!!

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Drunk Russian wakes up with a knife in his back!

Drunk Russian sleeps off knifing

Russian men drinking vodka (archive image from 2007)
One report said the two men had been drinking vodka

A Russian man trying to sleep off a night of after-work drinking failed to notice a six-inch (15-cm) knife in his back – until his wife woke him up.

Yuri Lyalin, 53, took a bus home, ate breakfast and apparently slept like a baby before his spouse noticed a handle sticking out of his back.

He was rushed to casualty but doctors found no vital organs damaged.

Mr Lyalin shrugged the episode off but the drinking partner who stabbed him faces trial, Russian media report.

“Unique and intriguing the case may be, but the accused faces a severe punishment,” said Pavel Vorobyov, a deputy prosecutor in the northern city of Vologda.

‘We were drinking’

Mr Lyalin, an electrician, had spent the evening drinking with a watchman at his workplace when they got into an argument, Interfax news agency reports.

The morning found him waking up in the watchman’s office but instead of going back to work, he decided to take the bus home.

At home, Mr Lyalin had some sausage from the fridge and lay down to sleep, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper says.

After a couple of hours, his wife noticed the handle sticking out of his back and called an ambulance.

Viktor Belov, a surgeon who treated him, found a kitchen knife in Mr Lyalin’s back but “by good fortune, it had gone through soft tissue without touching vital organs”.

His alleged attacker reported the crime to the police himself, Interfax adds. Mr Lyalin apparently feels fine and bears no ill-will.

“We were drinking and what doesn’t happen when you’re drunk?” he was quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda as saying.

Its amazing what Vodka can do for you!