A.R.P. IN KENT SCHOOLS
Although Kent is one of the most vulner
able counties in England an official of Kertt
Education Committee stated recently that
not one child had been killed on school pre
mises in the large area under the control of
the committee. Many Kent schools have
been bombed but no school has been hit
iwhen the children have actually been in
the building. Every one of the committee's
schools is now provided with a shelter, and
shelter drill is a regular feature of school
life. Many schools boast that they can clear
the classrooms, and have all the children
in shelters, within a minute of the siren
sounding. In areas subjected to tip-and-run
raids the schools are being linked up with
local spotter-groups so that they can receive
*he earliest possible warning of the app
roach of enemy aircraft.
Here's a spot of nostalgia for th* men of the west country. Poriock Bay in Somerset.
LADY MACROBERT'S GIFT
Lady MacRobert, whose three sons were
killed while serving with the R.A .F.. has
put her Scottish Mansion, Alastrian House,
at the disposal of the R.A .F. It will be used
as a rest hostei for operational air crews
and will be opened in April.
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NO MORE SPOONS
T o discourage cutlery souvenir hunters and
to economise in sugar consumption, one of-
Britain’s best known multiple tea shops has
announced that it will supply no more sugar
spoons for the duration. They will have sep
arate urns of sweetened and unsweetened
tea from which customers will be served.
A PINT AND A TRIM
“A pint of beer and a hair cut.' This
request is often heard in the village pub at
Holmebridge near Huddersfield. There is
an acute shortage of hairdressers in the
district and so Freddie Chaplin, an amateur
barber, has set up his saloon in the taproom
of the Commercial. W hile the landlord
draws the beer Freddie spreads his sheet on
the floor and gets down to work with the
scissors. Freddie cuts hair any night in the
week except Monday, which is “darts
night” and he is captain of the darts team.
If they didn't make use of Freddie’s ser
vices they would have to spend 4d. on a
bus to reach the nearest hairdresser.
GIFT TO AMERICA
Y orkshire women are to present to the
American Navy a replica of the first Stars
and Stripes to come to Britain — the flag
of Commodore Paul Jones who harried the
Yorkshire ports during the American W ar
The flag will be handed over to Admiral
Harold Stark,C.-inC-. of the American Na
va! Forces in Europe and will then go to
the American Naval Academy in the acro
polis where Paul Jones was buried.
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NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY !
Jo h n W illiams of Page Street was fined
because he doesn't like strong adjectives.
His works foreman swore at him. John
didn't like it — so he walked out. “It was
more than I could stand so I walked out
rather than use personal violence" he told
the magistrates. Describing John as an
honest man who didn't like strong language,
the magistrates fined him 40s. for leaving
his work without permission
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QUEUE FOR CLOCKS
‘Alarum clocks for sale. This notice in
Manchester papers brought a 7.0 a.m. queue
of 250 people outside a shop. The shortage
of these clocks has led to the revival of the
“knocker-up. but the demand for early
morning calls is greater than the knocker-
up can handle.
"SWAFF,” ON US
Under the heading. “Hannen Swaffer finds
News in the Desert, the famous British
columnist, in a recent issue of the “ Daily
Herald," has quite a lot to say about “Cru
sader'' and “Eighth Army News.” He quo
tes extracts from a number of articles which
have appeared in “Crusader,” and pays
tribute to the quality of our illustrations
and cartoons, particularly mentioning Brian
Robb's front page cartoon headed “Recon
naissance in Force,” and his cartoon of
W inston as a tank.
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SOCCER G.O jM. DIES
A . G. Hines, the grand-old-man of Nott
ingham football, has died at the age of 85.
For half a century he was on the council
of the Football Association... Nottingham
Parks Committee is so anxious to help in
the Dig for Victory campaign that it is
permitting housewives for a nominal sum
to hire a small motor-plough that does all
the hard work in the garden.
"C mon, bottleneck, we got a ruddy war
to win I"
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JAM ON IT
T h e Ministry of Food announces that all
available soft fruit this year will be most
effectively distributed as jam.
As result the luxury of strawberry teas
will disappear for the duration and the
public will have to be content this summer
to have their strawberries, raspberries, goose
berries. and blackcurrants on their bread
and butter Following Lord W oolton's ap
peal to eat potatoes rather than bread the
Edmonton Food Committee says that many
local bakers now divide their queues into
two. — one for bread and the other for
KING MAKES MUNITIONS
The King is now doing part-time munition
work, turning out special parts for R.A .F.
guns For two and a-half hours each day
the King works at his bench dressed ,in
overalls or slacks' and sweater. King Geor
ge had a week’s instruction and is now a
proficient artificer on a delicate precision
operation, exact to a hundreth of an inch.
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P.C. TO C.C.
D avid W arnock, who started his police
career as a constable at Ayr, has been ap
pointed Chief Constable at Glasgow at a
salary of £2,000. He is a teetotaller and
«drv-ismokei\ a devout churchman and an
enthusiastic supporter of football. He was
Chief of Kirkcaldy for a few years.
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