Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Bare Essentials

I've just half-heard (while making breakfast) an item on Radio 4 about the Government bolt-hole in case of nuclear war (decommissioned in the 1990's: my guess is they have a new one somewhere, officially or otherwise). Anyway there was a library down there. And what does it contain? An encyclopedia of human sexual behaviour (needs must) and - what else - a copy of Who's Who!! Dear God, the English obsession with social status would have survived nuclear armaggedon. I can just see it. Eyeballs melted, skin peeling off: "My dear chap, weren't we at school together...?" Then again, it is important to know who should be allowed into the shelter and who can be left outside to toast.


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