‘Social Distancing’ comes easy to us Brits

‘I wake of a morning, stare at the light bulb dangling from the ceiling and question myself, is this chaos for real? (Big sigh) Tragically yes it is 😦 .’

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Queuing comes easy to us born and bred Brits, my Grandparents living through two World Wars became accustomed to decades of food rationing, the ability to queue patiently is in our DNA……. picture taken by me waiting to enter a Supermarket to buy food and notice the security guards! Boris’s Government is doin ok, the Country’s pulling together 3 new hospitals are being built as we speak, the UK is working to a plan and long may this continue 🙂 .

We Brits are adjusting relatively easy to social distancing, 🙂 doesn’t surprise me actually.

Rationing queues outside grocery shops existed well into the early 1950’s, my mother still has her now treasured ‘Ministry Of Food’ rationing books kept from when she was a child, my Grandmother told me she’d join orderly queues affront food shops NOT wanting anything in particular, only that there was always an off chance a delivery of either fruit meat or veg was waiting to be distributed………. like I said, queueing just might be in our DNA! (Ok no… but you get the idea.)

Evelyn Dunbar, The Queue at the Fish Shop. 1945
Evelyn Dunbar ‘The queue at the Fish Shop’ and notice the grey drab clothing, the not so Great Britain was bankrupt!
THE WEEKLY RATION FOR TWO PEOPLE, UK, 1943
Late 1940s Weekly food rations for 2 people whether they be rich or poor! And the reason both my Grandfathers kept chickens, one even grew his own vegetables on two ‘allotments’……… in fact the allotment concept still exists to this day… and look at that cheese…… for TWO! 
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28 Housewives waiting in a line………….. I’m saying nothing! 😀
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Food rationing a common sight in Villages Towns and Cities across the UK
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…… and those who haven’t a clue as to what I talking about, the ‘allotment’ garden is a throwback to WWII, and who knows they just might become a common sight once again? 

 

A. Shepherdson 2020

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