‘I know what it is,’ I said. ‘It's the hearse that used to be up on bricks in the
garage. They've put the wheels back on and cleaned it up. Megan said the
college was going to use it.’
‘Crumbs— are they going to do funerals as well as farming?’ asked Dismal in a
graveyard sort of voice.
‘Cripes, 'ark at tombstone Dismal,’ said Jenno. ‘'Ee'd make a fortune playing
‘And you as chief weepy wit— I don't think.’
‘Break it up you two,’ said Roy. ‘You'll have us all in tears if you keep up with
these rotten jokes.’
‘It wouldn't be bad as a kind of bus,’ said Brian. ‘And it could carry quite a lot:
it's got double doors at the back.’
During World War II, posters were put up everywhere warning against
spies. They carried slogans such as: “Walls have ears”, or “Careless talk
costs lives”, or “Be like Dad, keep Mum”.
The danger of careless talk was even reflected in Tommy Handley’s
popular radio show ITMA (It’s That Man Again) where a menacing
German spy would frequently appear with his heavily-accented catch-
phrase, “Dis ist Funf speakink”.
Because of all this, newcomers to a community were often treated with
reserve, not to say suspicion. The children of the period sometimes
indulged in excited bouts of patriotic spy-hunting.
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