Protect and Survive

I used to have a copy of Jethro Tull’s seminal 1980 album “A”. Thanks to Amazon and their wonderful music department, I’ll soon be the owner of a copy once again, but that, as they say, is another story. My favourite track on the album is “Fylingdale Flyer”, which I’ve been wandering around singing all day, and when I get to Hospital Radio this evening I’ll be searching our collection there for it.

The album also contains a track called “Protect and Survive” – “They said ‘protect and you’ll survive’…but our postman didn’t call…dah dah dah DAH DAH!” The track was named after a government booklet, advising citizens what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Basically it said “Hide under a table, then put your head between your legs and kiss your ostrich goodbye”. Rather more useful – though not much – is the current government booklet that many of you will have seen by now, as it’s being delivered to every household. It says things like “In the event of an emergency, phone 999″, and “If someone isn’t breathing, and if you know how, try to give them the kiss of life*”.

Much more entertaining, and indeed the whole point of this blog, is this spoof, which is only marginally less useful, and a lot more honest, than the original. Maximum respect to Rob (TV) for telling me about it.

*Not always the best advice, but if you were trained in the kiss of life you’d know when not to attempt it. Probably.

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