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Aw, bless the little kiddies...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 27 Nov 2007.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    That is, the little undergrads who are arranging the Christmas party. From an email they sent round yesterday:

    "This years theme/dress code is 1940's Swing so
    think Sinatra, Crosby, Rat Pack, Champagne, Marilyn Monroe, Fred & Ginger,
    Audrey Hepburn and everything that defined the Era (there will be a prize
    for the best costume). We'll have Swing Music, Christmas Cocktails and
    every Christmas song you need to get you in the mood for the Christmas
    season. "


    Hmm. Sinatra (mainly 50's/60's?), Crosby (the same), Rat Pack (ditto), Champagne (huh?!), Marilyn Monroe (60's again), Fred & Ginger (20's/30's!),
    Audrey Hepburn (50s/60s). Nice one. They've put up posters with pics of Sinatra (see above) and Indiana Jones (all set in the 30's).

    My friend has a rather nice RAF uniform, and I'm trying to decide between a wartime frock (complete with legs painted in cocoa and the seam drawn up the back) and a set of overalls and a headscarf, as if I've just come off shift in a Munitions factory. We're going to go round poking all the young folk with our fingers and saying "Don't you know there's a war on?"

    Although as my mate pointed out, at 18 or 19 most of them probably don't even have grandparents who remember WW2, whereas my Mum does, and my Dad fought in it...
     
  2. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Get this put on a T-shirt:
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  3. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Get a loud siren, turn off the lights, ration the food, and remove them to far flung reaches of the countryside away from the cities (and start throwing beer bottles around to create a few injuries) to recreate that special 1940s Blitz feeling.
     
  4. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Can I come along dressed as Walker out of dad's Army, and try selling some nylons? :sad:
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  5. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Nice!

    Yeah, I think they've all got a bit hung up on a cerain idea of the 40's, (which is apparently mainly the wrong idea), and forgotton about the war bit. I'll forgive them if they have some Glen Miller playing.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Oh, fnaar, yes, I think a spiv would be a great addition....:sad:

    I'd quite like to wear a frock, or at least a natty little suit, but it would mean getting/making one, and I'm worried about the effect of the cocktails on me. If I let slip I had painted my legs with cocoa, some wag would want to check by licking them...;)
     
  7. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    "Ooh, vicar, I've come over all unnecessary, I 'ave!"

    Or they might offer a quick stir with a spoon behind the trestle tables ;)
     
  8. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Go as the cockney bloke out of The Shamen and repeat the following line 300 times:

    "Has anybody got any Veras? Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaahvely"
     
  9. you could just bomb the building... that might do the trick.

    set off the siren first, give them a sporting chance to make it to shelter.

    you have to be cruel to be kind
     
  10. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Are these the history undergrads, or do they have an excuse? :sad:
     
  11. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Same here. My dad fought in WWII - got injured a few times too - and shellshocked. My maternal grandfather was killed in WWI (the ship he was in was torpedoed) and my paternal grandfather was gassed in the trenches during WWI.
     
  12. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    That'll certainly put them in the mood!! :sad:
     
  13. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    I think Prince Harry might have an outfit that he can lend you.
     
  14. frog

    frog Guest

    I think you'd make a very fetching 'Rosie the Riviter' Arch! :sad:

    Or better still 'Jane' ;):biggrin:
     
  15. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Rosie:
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