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Nuke em all

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by mondobongo, 2 Jan 2008.

  1. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Its been revealed that Britains Nuclear bombs could be armed with a bicycle lock key, so how many of us potentially had our fingers on the button.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It's a good job the terrorists of the time didn't know that you could work the lock with a Bic biro.
     
  3. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    The Biro is the easy part

    Defeating the heavily armed Royal Marines with it might have been somewhat more difficult
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Must've been a Kryptonite lock.
     
  5. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    It must be said that these bombs dated back to the days of the V Force, keeping it simple was the key, getting the bomb through at all costs, needing two men to arm it could have been a problem, the biggest bang for crew survivabilty of an incursion on enemy turf was the idea
     
  6. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    I think this is all very muddled. They are not making any distinction between Strategic and Tactical nuclear weapons. (The RAF didn't have any strategic weapons since the sixties). I can't believe every 155mm nuclear artillery shell deployed by the US in Germany during the cold war had to have a code sent to it from the President.

    Even today I think Britain's Trident nuclear weapons are still autonomous. It's supposed to be to allow the Captain to do the 'right thing' even if all the command infrastructure had been destroyed in the UK. It's probably why the Captains' selection test is unbelievably rigorous. (The Perishers).
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    Did you hear the feature on Today about it, last week? I hadn't realised just how isolated the subs were while on tour, I think I thought they were like ships and came into port somewhere or other everyso often, but they are actually completely cut off - they can recieve signals, but not send, as that would give their location away.... And the PM's orders for what do do if Britain is nuked are written in a letter and kept in a safe on board, so they have orders even if Britain and the PM are a smoking heap. And yes, one of the things they monitor is apparently whether Radio Four is still on air...
     
  8. Pete

    Pete Guest

    I think what they really listen out for, is whether John Humphrys starts talking with an Arabic accent...
     
  9. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    If we lose 'The Archers' we're doomed?
    What a choice to make...:8:
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    'Ere! That's my family you're talking about!
     
  11. girofan

    girofan New Member

    The British do not have an independent nuclear detterent!!!
    We have to wait for the Yanks with their special key made of bullshit before we can strike.
    Been bombed with bullshit all me life! Never hurt me.
     
  12. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    What, do they live near Borchester?:eek: