Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Revisiting My Primary School Readers

Some of my old primary school readers have been updated to reflect important contemporary issues. Where did all that bed rock of trust personified by the likes of Dixon of Dock Green go?

Not having lived in the UK for over twenty years I am surprised at some of the current police practices.

I actually had this book. I can remember some of the illustrations. Nothing in here about guarding Olympic Torches. Very clever. My brother sent these in an email, so no idea who the clever insurgents are. You can see them all here.


Nunyaa said...

Ha this is funny.

Policemen are trained not to show emotion. Their wives can see this (?)

and the bit about the truncheons...we remember Rodney King.

BlissHill said...

Thanks for a terrific laugh!

Fabulous stuff! I'll look forward to the link.

Semaj Mahgih said...

Bag had an interesting post related to this.

Bag said...

Colin, I think the teachers are certainly part of the problem. At this stage in the game though they are swept along with the tide of a few zealots and unless something drastic happens this will continue.

It's a pity because people of our age respected the police. Now I am losing my respect. The only ones that still have it now are those investigating murders. Soon they will be as loved at the KGB was. Feared and used to report others.

I don't see that trust coming back quickly either unless a lot is done at street level.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ah, Dixon my hero! Those were the days and all that.

Baht At said...

hmmm interesting - even in those days policeman's wives were obviously known for having a bit on the side:

"sometimes even a policeman's wife can mistake a fireman for her husband"

Sueblimely said...

I liked the bit about him being 300 miles from home the best. Hilarious. I remember those books too. Did you have the red books, green books, blue books - not ladybird ones?

The two about police brutality and mental hospitals hit a raw nerve though. My nephew, a dedicated policeman, was accused of being too rough on someone who was resisting arrest and it did not get to court for over two years. Two years of desk duty and the cloud hanging over him got to him and he ended up very depressed and anxious. It was a sad joke really, as the judge saw the CCTV coverage of it and laughed the case out of court after only 5 minutes.

Liz said...

That's so funny!

LadyBanana said...

I just about remember Dixon of Dock Green - Goodnight All..

And I still have a collection of ladybird books, not the police one though as far as I recall.

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