30 December 2011

Tues 30th Dec 1941: ever-handy Woolies

Raw cold, still ice lying about, dismal, dirty misty day. Shopping locally and thence to Wimbledon. Bought valve rubber at Woolworth's. In evening re-rubbered the armature suspension of my Burndept* pick-up once again but found a thin wire lead was broken so could not finish the job at one attempt.

*Burndept, a company founded in the 1920s, acquired in 1934 by Vido, and moved to a the former Light Gun Factory in Erith, Kent, a factory destroyed by bombing this very year, 1941. Illustrations show a 1934 advert (right) and an early advertising van (above).
On this day: Churchill speaking to Canadian Parliament in Ottawa about President Roosevelt - "That great man whom destiny has marked for this climax of human fortune."

Churchill also said: "When I warned them (the French Government) that Britain would fight on alone, whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister  and his divided Cabinet: 'In three weeks England will have their neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some neck!"

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