Our lovely national roundels…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s doubled up simile is: As sharp as two pins.

So, you see, back in the 1950s here in the UK people didn’t fill their spare time with staring at screens and poking their fingers at and chatting to their friends on clever hand-held devices, they made a pot of tea, opened a packet of biscuits, and slid off down to the little shed at the bottom of the garden to repair something, or construct something useful for the home or garden – perhaps something they had just seen in that marvellous and informative publication – the Gadgets Magazine.

Look, here’s the title page from an old tattered copy of the The 1954 Gadgets Annual, a super collection of the best items from the previous year; featuring such things as:
A Midget Stencil for Small Work, A Neat Time Delay Gadget, A Substitute For Ground Glass, A Festive Use For Burnt Out Electric Bulbs, An Infallible Drink Identifier For Party Time, A Gadget to Avoid Losing Gloves, etc…

‘It’s an absolute disgrace Madge…’
‘What is dear?’
‘You know, apparently people have been…’
‘Just a minute Albert, let me turn the wireless down a bit… There, that’s better, what were you saying? Oh, I see you are reading that silly magazine of yours…’
‘It’s not a silly magazine Madge, it’s very informative and packed full of interesting…’
‘More tea dear?’
‘Oh, alright, just top up my cup if you would… You see dear it’s our national roundels…’
‘Our what dear?’
‘Roundels dear, roundels, you know, like on the sides of our spitfires and our bombers…’
‘A thing like a bull’s-eye target?’
‘Er, no… Well, sort of…’
‘So what is it that’s getting you so annoyed dear?’
‘Well apparently people have been getting them wrong… Mind if I have the last of those custard creams?’
‘No, go ahead… So, how have they been getting our roundels wrong Albert, they look pretty simple to me, just red white and blue dear.’
‘Well the magazine doesn’t actually say how they get them wrong, but…’
‘Why are you so interested?’
‘Well, if we ever need to paint one or two, onto something…’
‘Onto something? Such as?’
‘Well, something patriotic, perhaps if the Queen and her Greek chap were to visit the town, we might…’
‘Paint a few roundels and put them outside, in case they sweep past in their carriage?’
‘Well, maybe not Madge, but everyone in Britain should know how to paint our bloody national roundel!…’
‘Albert! Language!…’
‘Oh… Sorry dear…’


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Our lovely national roundels…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    hahahahaha. It is possible the Gadget people just didn’t want ordinary citizens confusing the British roundel with the French roundel…????

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