To Orwell Today,
re: Steven wonders about 360-degree moon shot
After reading the previous email about the moon landing pictures, my mind went back to what my grandfather always said. As an ignorant youth in the fifties and early sixties I thought his regular comments were stupid and ignorant, until I read ORWELL myself.
Statements my grandfather made included:
1) the moon landing was staged, no man could go into space as there was a radiation belt, they could fix it to look real like they did during the war with the Pathe news propaganda newsreels
2) Churchill was a warmonger who sent soldiers to their death whilst he was in a bunker
3) Scientists were messing around with the weather
4) Floridation of water was poison
5) artificial fertiliser poisoned the land
6) Fowl pest was caused by caging birds in poor living conditions (today we call it bird flu)
My grandfather was a soldier in the first World War and fought in the Dardanelles. In hindsight my grandfather was obviously intelligent and well read and obviously had read ORWELL too.
Have a good day, regards,
Your grandfather would have been someone Winston would liked to have talked to that time he went into the prole bar looking for someone who knew the truth about Big Brother. Instead he got that old man who's memory was "nothing but a rubbish-heap of details".
Probably your grandfather had read "1984" or maybe he just had that common sense Winston put so much hope in and which - "if only the masses became conscious of their own strength - they would rise up like horses shaking off flies and blow the Party to pieces".
I can understand why your grandfather thought Churchill was a cowardly warmonger - especially if he was in the Dardanelles, Turkey where Churchill sent hundreds of thousands of Oceania soldiers to their death for the purpose of opening a supply line to Russia and to open a second front (like D-Day in WWII) to ease pressure on Russia from Germany. Just a couple weeks ago was the 91st anniversary of the evacuation of Gallipoli of those soldiers who survived Churchill's calamity in the Dardanelles.
Allied forces retreat from Gallipoli on Jan 8, 1916. Information Agency, Jan 8, 2008
All the best,
PS - The movie "Gallipoli" reminds me of the death of John Lennon because when I returned home from seeing it that night in the theatre - just after 11pm, December 8, 1980 - my husband told me the news on TV had just announced that John Lennon had been shot in New York City
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