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Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London?

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Posted by Magnus Smith on February 27, 2019 at 01:05:11 user Magnus.

In Reply to: Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Andy Clayton on January 26, 2019 at 03:17:31:

A good list of chances to die, Andy! What amuses me is that each book is carefully introduced with the parents giving permission for the holiday overall, as if the risks had been thought through.

So it is not that the naughty Walkers disobeyed their parents and thus were nearly crushed in a mine / drowned offshore / died by exposure.

OK, perhaps Mrs Blackett didn't actually give permission as such; Nancy seems the type to disappear off regardless!

I suppose the children of the 1930s had a lot more risks to contend with in everyday life - fewer medicines, lead paint everywhere, no seatbelts, etc - so perhaps parents felt it impossible to guard their children against every danger (as parents try to in 2019). Or maybe I haven't thought this theory through properly?

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