posted on Oct, 19 2020 @ 01:22 PM
a reply to: gortex
Our car number in those days was PBJ 755 (Austin Westminster saloon), but we would not have been on that road. At Easter, we could have been further
south, on the road to Devon on our way to become part of the famous Exeter traffic-jam (which later, thanks to road improvements, became the Exeter
This was still the age of the hand-signal out of the driver's window- straight arm out for "turning right", something more convoluted for "I'm turning
But I saw no hand-signals on that trip, apart from the one which the commentator said was too indecisive, and the previous "He's giving me the
An explanation for Anericans, already confused by the fact that pedestrians are obviously jaywalking with impunity. The V-sign is the British
equivalent of the middle finger. The basic shape resembles the modern "peace" sign, apparently based on Churchill's "V for Victory" sign. Two first
fingers in a V-shape. The crucial difference is that the man who holds the palm of his hand towards himself is being insulting. The Churchill/ "peace"
version should be holding the palm outwards.
The driver joked "I don't know why he thinks I'm interested in his politics". I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that, but I suppose the thought was
that a V-sign could mean "loyalty to Churchill" (as the reversed verion would have meant during the war), and therefore "I'm a Conservative".
The Minister of Transport was Ernest Marples. Before the autumn election of that year, I read at the time, many cars were displaying "Marples must go"
signs. After the change of government, these were quickly replaced by "Come back Ernie, all is forgiven!" I didn't notice either version in that
edit on 19-10-2020 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)