War and Oscars

As a person born in the seventies, I grew up with the Cold War still being a big thing. Nuclear war was the monster under our beds, the subject of terrifying and heartbreaking cartoons, and probably most people’s biggest fear. What would you do with your 4 minutes? Boil an egg? You wouldn’t have time to eat it, plus I like mine with a fairly solid yolk, so I would need 5. If they could please change it to an 8 minute warning I might just about have time to boil an egg to my preferred consistency and eat it. Not sure why egg eating was so important, maybe eggs have secret powers to protect you?!

From 'When The Wind Blows' by Raymond Briggs.

From ‘When The Wind Blows’ by Raymond Briggs.

I can’t be the only one of my generation who finds the sudden real possibility of war with Russia a bit unsettling? Wouldn’t be the first time huge wars had broken out over the annexing of countries, but I hope that this time talking is the key to a peaceful resolution.

Having said that, I haven’t really a clue about what is going on, because instead the news wants to wave shiny things in front of my face to distract me. Literally. Shiny dresses, shiny faces, and shiny gold statues called Oscar. obviously this is REALLY important stuff. Plus there are some pretty cool selfies of very famous people too, proving that they are just like us……or something.

And that isn’t the only Oscar they are talking about either. I feel very uncomfortable about the circus surrounding court cases involving famous people. I am not sure I agree it should all be televised. It isn’t a juicy plot line from a soap opera, it is real life. A woman died, and whatever the circumstances of her death turn out to be, it is tragic and not for our entertainment. I hope that the excitement surrounding the case doesn’t prevent an honest outcome, and some sort of closure for Reeva Steenkamp’s family. I don’t know if he is guilty of murder or played an unintentional role in a terrible tragedy, but I do know I feel uncomfortable with the world speculating on it, and especially with certain businesses turning the death of a human being into an advertising opportunity. Yes,  Paddy Power, I am looking at you.

Is this really appropriate? Clearly not.

Is this really appropriate? Clearly not.

Anyway, I thought I would spend today updating my nuclear bunker/under the stairs cupboard just in case. Better buy some beans and water and that. And a radiation suit. Or maybe just stock up on some eggs….

Love Miss Cisco XXX


  1. March 3, 2014 / 9:02 am

    The Pistorius case is interesting. I don’t know what I think (which is probably a good thing as things pan out over the next few weeks) but that betting is outrageous. Having a tv channel to cover it is a bit weird though I guess with media interest it’s probably the safest. Then again his team having a twitter account for justice is weird too, this trial feels like a bigger internet event than anything before. But it isn’t an event… which is the weird bit.

    BTW, I can’t believe you didn’t mention Ultravox’s ‘DAncing with Tears in my Eyes’ video as a prime example of eighties Cold War paranoia. 🙂

  2. March 3, 2014 / 9:33 am

    Your words on the fear of Nuclear war mirror a conversation I had with my husband word for word. The minute you hear Russia and America are wading into things, I get nervous. Have you seen the film threads? it is based in Sheffield, near my home town. Watching familiar landmarks turn to dust – truly terrifying.
    Glad it’s not just me thinking these things…..or maybe I’d feel better if it was :-/
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    • March 3, 2014 / 9:40 am

      I think Threads and When The Wind Blows are probably why we are so nervous! Both great, but definitely left their mark. Lets keep our fingers crossed, and stock up on eggs…..just in case xx
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  3. March 3, 2014 / 10:19 am

    I am with you. I am very nervous about what is happening in Russia at the moment. Why can’t they talk over a cup of tea? Why do we have to get armies on alert and get weapons positioned?

    It is all so worrying.
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  5. March 3, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Doesn’t this whole Russian invasion thing make you think of that film with the melting milk bottles? Completely terrifying, although wasn’t Crimea originally Russian anyway? As in properly Russian, not USSR?
    Oh God I’m ignorant. I may have to spend the morning Googling and not actually do any work…

    PS. Lovely blog by the way – shall be back (after dug bunker beneath the leeks)

    • March 3, 2014 / 11:02 am

      It definitely has big links to Russia, but like you I am not sure of the history (must follow you to google!) I Just hope they can resolve it without resorting to fighting!

      And thank you 🙂

  6. March 3, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    blimey this has made me want to go and google the issues you have raised as I am with Joy I rarely watch the news anymore for all the doom and gloom,. oh and the likes of CBeebies of course!!
    I do love the way you have written this – your boiling an egg paraody is superb and made me chuckle.
    i am off to google now then xx
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  7. March 3, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    hahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahaha Only you could talk about cooking eggs and war in the same breath and it not be weird! I agree though the whole ‘arrggghhh we are going to die… ooohhh look something sparkly isn’t that great’ idiocy is incredibly frustrating, it is like the worlds media have ADHD, it’ll be back to nuclear bunkers tomorrow.
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  8. March 3, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    I remember being utterly terrified about the 4 minute warning. I though what if it happened while I was at school? I wouldn’t have time to get home and say goodbye to my family. Crikey it’s making me have goosebumps now.
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  9. March 3, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    I saw that image and I to was disgusted, its not the kind of thing to trivialize, someone has died and someones freedom on the line, he is being judged before a court but the media are making into a kangaroo court 🙁

    I to am worried about the Russia news at present also, I was trained when younger to work and help if a nuclear war ever happened but the government saw fit to disband us and then sold off our bunkers, I believe Kieth Chegwin actually owns one. I will be watching the news closely x
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  10. March 3, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I remember the video to ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes,’ very clearly, but the song that’s been stuck in my head since Saturday is ‘Russians,’ by Sting. Grew up surrounded by fear of the Cold War and the threat of nuclear attack too and they were scary times indeed. Here’s hoping the current situation gets resolved peacefully.
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  11. March 3, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Well I have to say it makes me very nervous about the US having a barney with Russia over the Ukraine, I hope to the heavens it doesn’t escalate. I grew up in the cloak and daggers of the cold war too, a scary time, and I remember When The Wind Blows (very sad) and Threads (amazingly disturbing). X
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  12. March 3, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    I remember spending a lot of time wondering what to do with my five minutes and yes, last night’s news had the same effect on me too, Russia/Ukraine, chills me to the bone, Oscars I love but you’re right so out of context when following something so massive as the previous topic and then South Africa and the courtroom.
    I agree, let it be done in a closed environment and let there be justice, I wonder if with all the media attention the judges verdict will be swayed?
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  13. March 3, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    I have to admit I love the Oscars, (as rubbish and inconsequential they actually are) but agree there is. mASSIVE thing going on in Russia and Ukraine that’ should be all over the media like crazy but its just not is it? It’s very scary that the world leaders will help when it’s to their advantage and it’ll probably blow a chuck of the world to smithereens in the process. And the Paddy power thing is pure disgusting. As is the media hype around the whole Pistorious case. I just can’t see how it’s every going to be a fair trial. It smacks of the OJ Simpson history all over the place.
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  14. March 3, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    I have to confess to knowing nothing about the threat of war until I overheard a conversation at work. I don’t really watch the news and generally they are too busy talking about celebs to share the actual news with us.
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  15. March 3, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I swing between wanting to know and not wanting to know what is going on out there. I used to teach News as a Media teacher, now I don’t feel so guilty for not following the news. I like the fact ordinary people can share the News nowadays…but I should really know what is going on more
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  16. March 3, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    tell me about it..russia and ucraine…Romania has quite a large border with ucraine and we depend on them a lot for the gas resources. but that is the small problem..there are people dying…and that is really scary!
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  17. March 4, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Fantastic post. That picture from When the Wind Blows brings tears to my eyes. Such a moving book/ film. I haven’t seen the Paddy Power. That really is incredibly poor taste on so many levels 🙁
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  18. March 5, 2014 / 10:55 am

    This is such an effective post, how you’ve got everyone to reflect by using humour and memory. I used to be a bit obsessed with Where the Wind Blows as a child, mind you apparently my OH used to spend hours with a compass working out if he would survive a nuclear blast.

    It’s a grim news week all right, and that always gets me panicking that the Tories will be busy burying something …
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  19. March 5, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    I have’n’t read or watched the news for a week or so and just caught a brief snippet of it in the car yesterday. Not sure what’s happening in Russia but Putin is really scary, he’s such a hard man, straight out of a Bomd film… but he’s real and incharge of a huge nation!!
    In the muder trial, the media should be kept well away, trail by media can help guilty people get off with pleas of ‘not getting a fair trial’. The justice system should be allowed to get on and do their job and then afterwards the media can have their say.
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  20. March 6, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Oh Lord I used to have nightmares about the mushroom cloud and nuclear war, they really did drum it into us. Not thought about that for quit some time! Mich x
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  21. March 9, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Gosh, I remember reading Where the Wind Blows as a child and teenager and it really affecting me. The idea did seem quite alien, but they way Raymond Briggs brought the characters to life – the saddest moment is them bunkering in under the mattress, like that would protect them.
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