Having a brainwave…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for bankers to laugh at Bitcoins, and for poor people to laugh at bankers.

In the bottom left hand corner of the back cover, I just spotted two chaps walking about on the rim of a rotating space station – I expect they are wearing magnetic boots. Back in the olden days people thought that magnetic boots would be the thing to wear in space, but when we humans eventually went up there, and we found that we had forgotten to pack a pair, we were relieved to discover that we were quite happy just floating around in zero gravity and we didn’t actually need them. What a waste of money those boots turned out to be!
Yes, dear reader, I’ve been looking at my fluffy, battered, and defaced copy of Lion Annual 1956. Here’s a photo of the front and back covers, see if you can make out the two little chaps mentioned above.

This was a book (probably given at Christmas) for boys – of course girls weren’t interested in action stories, wars, fighting, sports, and space exploration – they had their own books with make up tips and ponies in them back then.
Let’s have a quick flick through – oh, hang on, what’s this on page 87?
It says, ‘They’re Inventors’ Brainwaves!’
Since the 1950s the word brainwave seems to have fallen out of use to describe some bright idea you might have had – now one might say, ‘Hey dude, I’ve just come up with something really cool…’
Which one of these inventions do you like the look of?
Oh, look at that poor bloody soldier sashaying along in his giant inflatable boots – I don’t envy him!
‘Look here sergeant, I can hardly walk in these buggers – you haven’t buried real mines here have you? Couldn’t I have a go on the motorised skis instead? They look great!…’
‘Just shut up, and keep sweeping!… And try not to look so bloody camp as you do it!…’
‘It’s the shoes sarge, they make you walk like this!…’

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 Having a brainwave…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Oh, this one gave me a chuckle!
    Now if the sneak thief suitcase inventor applied his brainwave to mobile phones today, he could make a fortune! Were those motorised skis really a thing?
    And isn’t that font good? Perfectly placed apostrophes too ….

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Haha, I need to get my brainwaves going this morning. These crazy ideas are helping. I like Jheron’s comment.

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