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"See anything suspicious?"
janet - 17-3-2008 at 08:50

I've just seen an ad on MSN - "Seen anything suspicious? Call the anti terrorist hotline!" - and the suspicious articles were:

Solvents
Rubber gloves
Goggles.

The ad went on to say that terrorist used these things.

True.

So do I - when I have to clean the oven.

Shock tactics? Over the top?


Quaver - 17-3-2008 at 10:57

Over the top:D
If we all called the police on seeing those, the anti-terrorist police won't be able to take real callswaggyfinger


TooCute4Words - 17-3-2008 at 12:45

If you see something suspicious, just report it.

If you see a cardboard box with the words (BOMB) written on the front,

Just RUN skidaddle


John_Little - 17-3-2008 at 15:45

Surely, If they were a terrorist, wouldn't they have a hat with "Terrorist" written on it?


marymary100 - 17-3-2008 at 16:35

It's accompanied by a picture of a van with a large vat of chemicals though. I think it's quantity that would make one more alert?


scholar - 17-3-2008 at 16:38

Quote:
Originally posted by janet
I've just seen an ad on MSN - "Seen anything suspicious? Call the anti terrorist hotline!" - and the suspicious articles were:

Solvents
Rubber gloves
Goggles.

The ad went on to say that terrorist used these things.

True.

So do I - when I have to clean the oven.

Shock tactics? Over the top?
I would imagine that the person who always cleans his oven with those things, and is doing so again, is not suspicious.

The person who is not a painter or in any other profession that uses solvents, and has several 5-gallon buckets of them, is worth a phone call. (I am going on the assumption that the person who originated the ad had a reason to do so, other than keeping people busy.)


scholar - 17-3-2008 at 16:40

Mary beats me to the point once again!:D

Perhaps if I were not so wordy. . . .;)


janet - 17-3-2008 at 18:27

Quote:
Originally posted by marymary100
It's accompanied by a picture of a van with a large vat of chemicals though. I think it's quantity that would make one more alert?


The one I saw was about articles thrown away in the rubbish, in a black bag.


scholar - 17-3-2008 at 19:16

Janet, if you think the authorities are setting the bar fairly low for suspicious activity to report, I agree.

However, the idea of "we'd rather get too many calls (including innocent circumstances) than not enough" seems to be sound thinking, unless they set the bar so low that they cannot even think about all the many reports they get. I hope there is some kind of evaluation of each verbal report, with the result that many are judged to require no action.

Isn't it the case that some terrorist incidents have been stopped because something out-of-the-ordinary was noticed?

I hope that a lot of resources aren't wasted, but I entirely undestand the tendency toward being as cautious as possible. If citizens die from ordinary crime because all the officers were looking in trash bins and back packs, it will have gone too far.


janet - 17-3-2008 at 19:53

I can't imagine what that ad was trying to get across.

It showed a number of rubbish bags.

On rolling the mouse over, one saw that the bags contained:

One pair rubber gloves

Two empty plastic containers - which had originally had some sort of liquid in.

There'd be no way for anyone walking by on the street to know what the rubbish bags contained without opening them.

Even then - two containers of some sort of industrial liquid and rubber gloves?

Setting the bar low is one thing - assuming that people will investigate their neighbour's trash is another.

I wonder at times, I really do... I remember being raised on stories of how awful it would be to live in such a society, and how glad we were supposed to be NOT to have that sort of attitude around...


scholar - 17-3-2008 at 20:02

That does sound intrusive. The one that Mary saw sounds more reasonable.


TooCute4Words - 17-3-2008 at 20:17

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
Surely, If they were a terrorist, wouldn't they have a hat with "Terrorist" written on it?


Only if your an Irish-Man :D

There's plenty of Irish jokes on that score - trust me and others with a sense of humour in that department.

*Rushes off to find Frank Carson* nananana


John_Little - 17-3-2008 at 20:20

It was actually a reference to a Marty Feldman sketch. Two old people in a Travel Agents. they ask him why he isn't wearing his hat with travel agent written on it because he could be anyone - even a murderer. He says, dont be silly, if I was a murderer I'd have a hat with "murderer" written on it.


TooCute4Words - 17-3-2008 at 20:27

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
It was actually a reference to a Marty Feldman sketch. Two old people in a Travel Agents. they ask him why he isn't wearing his hat with travel agent written on it because he could be anyone - even a murderer. He says, dont be silly, if I was a murderer I'd have a hat with "murderer" written on it.


Haven't followed much of Marty Feldman. Actually NEVER!!


John_Little - 18-3-2008 at 09:25

Marty was a genius but died quite young and quite a long time ago.

There are a few clips of his sketches on Youtube but not this one.


SRD - 18-3-2008 at 09:32

MF was a giant of comedy, I hadn't realised he'd died so long ago, it only seems like yesterday, of course he had been in the USA for a while.

The Battle of Britain spoof on black cabs was one of my favourites for years.


janet - 18-3-2008 at 09:34

I found him funny but also... a bit creepy; it was the eyes. It's not that I was creeped out *by* him but I was always vaguely worried that something would happen to such prominent eyes!


John_Little - 18-3-2008 at 13:43

you could have someones eyes out with eyes like those.


Redwolf5150 - 18-3-2008 at 15:26

"She's got Marty Feldman eyes"

(sung to the tune of "She's got Betty Davis eyes")

[bad img]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/redwolf5150/Bunny5copy.gif[/bad img]

:D


Redwolf5150 - 18-3-2008 at 15:27

But seriously.

What's Next?

Signs like this one snapped by someone down under?

[bad img]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/redwolf5150/FatChicks.jpg[/bad img]

:D


TooCute4Words - 18-3-2008 at 21:03

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
Marty was a genius but died quite young and quite a long time ago.

There are a few clips of his sketches on Youtube but not this one.


Oh right John. I'll check him out thankingyou


TooCute4Words - 18-3-2008 at 21:04

Quote:
Originally posted by Redwolf5150
"She's got Marty Feldman eyes"

(sung to the tune of "She's got Betty Davis eyes")

[bad img]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/redwolf5150/Bunny5copy.gif[/bad img]

:D


Quite crosseyed actually :D


Redwolf5150 - 1-4-2008 at 04:52

Can't believe this snuck by Scholar.

You're slipping, bud.

:D

NOW TOUCH MY MONKEY!

(And for the record, 2Cute, cross-eyed is the OPPOSITE of what Bunny's eyes are.)

kewl_glasses


John_Little - 1-4-2008 at 07:58

There was a thing about Marty Feldman on British TV last night.

The reason for the bulging eyes was a really bad overactive thyroid gland in middle age.

He died of a heart attack whilst making a film for Graham Chapman of Monty Python Fame somewhere hot (forgot where).

Apparently, he got a bit up himself when he started to become famous in his own right. Funny thing is, he was dragged screaming in front of the camera in "At Last the 1948 show". Until then he had only been a script writer.