Justified & Ancient
- Mar 12, 2015
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- NW UK
Threads yep that's the one.
Famously billed as "Woman Who Urinates on Herself" on IMDB... and it's her only credit! Legend!I always remember the cold war information film were a woman wets herself in terror as the mushroom cloud forms.
I remember watching that one too in school or something very similar anyway. Like you, I don't think I fully understood the implications. I actually found the policeman who came in and introduced the film far more frightening.I can remember in the early seventies - when I would have been about 7 maybe - our school herded us all into the dining room and showed us a film (shown via a cine-projector) concerning what we would now call `Stranger-danger`.
It was telling us to be wary of paedophiles - a word which was not used then - who might prey on us in public spaces like parks by offering sweets and so on. The people concerned were portrayed as weird, single people - all male, if I recall. (The now commonplace idea that such abuse happens within the family was not entered upon).
The film was a rather scary one to be showing to such young kids. One scene in particular is branded on my mind. It showed a young girl - naked (I think this must have somehow be implied rather than directly shown) and cowering against a wall while the shadow of a man could be seen moving towards her.
I didn't really understand at that age what the programme was trying to imply, but I did get the message that there were some sinister adults lurking around out there.The film affected me to the extent that I had an excessive fear of random people in the streets for quite some time after that (In those days it was quite normal for a child to walk two or three miles to school unaccompanied by an adult and to go out on long walks, likewise with only peers for company, to play at the weekends).
This seems of note to me as it shows that there is nothing much new under the sun. The current paranoia around paedophilia seems to have existed, in some form, a good fifty or so years back and is not as contemporary as we might think. Or was that when it was all getting started?
And I ferverently believe that these kinds of Public Safety Warnings can do as much harm as they do good - both then and now.I never had any experiences with paedophiles when I was a kid - but my young mind was for sure darkened by these kinds of images put before me by well intentioned people.
In the same area, during the 1960s, I clearly recall a cautionary interview on the Look North regional news show, which featured a young lad and his mum. The mum mainly nodded.a picture of a boy who had burned his bottom falling on a fire.
Classic local news segwayIn the same area, during the 1960s, I clearly recall a cautionary interview on the Look North regional news show, which featured a young lad and his mum. The mum mainly nodded.
I paraphrase the exchange, which was difficult to forget:
"Now, Billy, you have something to say to all those girls and boys out there, who want to celebrate Bonfire Night safely, don't you?"
"What is it?"
"Don't put fireworks in your pocket!"
"Last year, you did that, didn't you, Billy?"
"What happened to that rocket in your pocket?"
"It went off."
"Oh dear! I suppose that hurt a lot."
"And there's something else you want to say to the boys and girls."
"Yes. I can't have babies!"
"Thank you, Billy! Now over to Stuart Hall, who is wearing a funny hat!"
They did not call it the Darwin Awards in those days.
Classic local news segway
We never really found out what Nicoteen's, superpowers were apart from the power of persuasion. Maybe he could survive rapid acceleration and lack of oxygen? (lack of oxygen obviously).
I'm afraid Nick burned up on re-entry.We never really found out what Nicoteen's, superpowers were apart from the power of persuasion. Maybe he could survive rapid acceleration and lack of oxygen? (lack of oxygen obviously).
Anyhow, the big tobacco companies would have scrambled a few helicopters before he left the atmosphere. You don't just throw away your main marketing man.