8 thoughts on “And now for something completely different

  1. It was something like “I think I’ll take these for the Belgians.” Clearly a war-related joke, but I don’t get it! If anyone else does, please let me know.

  2. The Belgians were invaded and suffered greatly during the war, as well as the Netherlands. Well, both wars actually. Belgian refugees fled to England during WWI. This is what gave Agatha Christie the idea for the creation of Hercule Poirot, a Belgian refugee who stays in England after the war is over.

  3. Actually during war time, people everywhere were encouraged to knit for the soldiers. It was usually organized by the Red Cross and other voluntary leagues. It happened again during WWII. If you google knitting in war time you will find a lot of references to sock knitting for soldiers. Americans and Canadians were asked to knit for their soldiers too. Warm socks were a critical piece of clothing for the soldiers spending days and nights in cold and damp trenches.
    And I must say, living in Canada and preparing for winter, it is still a critical piece of clothing here if you want to be comfortable in your winter boots and walk around in the snow and slush. Makes me want to get started on a new pair of socks. ;-)

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