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Monday, 17 January 2011

The Secret Nuclear Bunker

A real road sign, in the County of Essex, UK
The road sign is real and the bunker is real. In the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, several emergency regional seats of government were built in Britain and this was one of them. It is now a tourist attraction, of course - even our government would not be so stupid as to pin-point it's location. I think.
It always makes me smile when I drive past this sign which is not far from where I live. I am still not absolutely certain that the joke was obvious to whoever put the sign there. (Epping Forest District Council I believe).
As an afterthought, I wonder.....if there had been a nuclear war how would they choose who gets a place in the bunker? What's that you say? Politicians? Surely not!


klahanie said...

Hi bazza,
Now then, that sign really is quite amusing in a bizarre sort of way.
I've no doubt our coalition government would step aside and let all us good folks in. Perhaps not..the only bunker they'd supply for us would have something to do with golf.
Take care.

THE SNEE said...

Hi Bazza,

From the 1940s ingenious bouncing bomb to the less than genius 1960s sign leading to the secret bomb wonder you're amused. I would be amused too!

bazza said...

kklahanie: I think a subsidised tee would be as far as the present government would go Gary!

The Snee: This post was definitely made for amusment Rebecca; there's been too much heavy stuff here recently!

Kelly said...

Those nuclear bunkers were a big deal here, in the U.S., at that time, too. I don't know if they're still operational. Are the ones in Britain still operational and ready for the wealthy elite and politicians? Because those are the only ones getting in. Tee hee hee. The rest of you would be banging on the door. That is funny that you have one so close to home.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

Those who get a place in the secret bunker, will be narrowed down to those who can follow the secret instructions.

THE SNEE said...

Hi Again Bazza,
FYI-Look at the scoop on Banksy!

kerrie said...

HI to you B
a secret bunker doesnt bare thinking about to be stuck under ground for days ....with politcians and the like...makes me glad I am just tooo ordinary to get into a bunker
give me a wheelbarrow a coop bag and the open air any day...

David said...

Dear bazza,
A sign pointing the way to a "secret" bunker- not too clever, eh?
Anyway, I'm sure, in the event of a nuclear bomb blast, I would not be invited in to such a place, so I'd try to make sure I was right underneath the bloddy thing. Or perhaps, if I was lucky, I could get to ride on top of the bomb itself, like Slim Pickens did in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant "Dr. Strangelove".
Yours with Very Best Wishes,

bazza said...

Kelly: Well the active ones are, by definition, unknown! I'll bet they do exist. This one, naturally, is now a tourist attraction but it was the real thing at one time.

Mask: Or those who are given the secret password. Hopefully that won't include politicians, tax-inspectors, subversives, hairdressers etc.

The Snee: Very interesting. I wonder if the name I gave in my blog is genuine; it may have been a world-wide scoop!

Kerrie: In the event of a direct hit from a nuclear bomb you may as well be under a wheelbarrow as in a bunker; they would all be vapourised anyway!

David: Although it's obviously a joke, it is faintly worrying. 'Dr Strangelove' is in my top ten of Best Films Ever.

John Saunders said...

Hi bazza, there used to be a nuclear bunker close to where I grew up, oh dear, I will have the Spooks after me now for telling you that! ;)
You will have to ask The Mask about working in top secret military organisations! (They may not tell you ofcourse!)

bazza said...

John: It couldn't have been much of a secret then!
Wow, what a revelation - you and Ms Mask in the oxymoronic field of military intelligence. Sensational.

Rob said...

If one didn't laugh one would cry.

bazza said...

Rob: Personally, I go for the laughing option!

Hira Animfefte (Xera Anymphefte) said...

It's a secret bunker...with a sign.


That is freaking hilarious and kind of awesome.

bazza said...

Hira: I am sure the government (yours as well!) has plenty of really secret bunkers scattered across the country. In a post-nuclear-holocaust situation hundreds of politicians would be required to get things rolling again. Not!

David said...

Dear bazza,
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Hope that all is well,