I’m scurrying back from the German show at the British Museum. Usual stuff about how could Goethe, Beethoven , Schiller, Durer, Luther, etc turn into Eichmann, Heydrich, Himmler, Goebbels and Goering. How could the Bauhaus turn into the gas ovens , and so on. OK its more than that and as a display of artefacts far more interesting (and popular) than the more prestigious Ming show elsewhere in the building. For the Musee I bought a VW Beetle (very iconic) key ring and a Karl Marx(very ironic) money box.
I get home with the odd thought about Hun bombers and the Pastoral Symphony when I come across the Sainsbury’s Xmas ad. In case y ou haven’t heard, its a take on the famous 1914 truce in the trenches. Get the hankies out.Both both sides singing Silent Night, a game of footie, an exchange of chocolates and then its , oh, oh,what a lovely war and its back to the main film.
Now for Sainsburys this is absolutely brilliant. The whole country has gone mad for the 800,000 poppies on show at the Tower. Everyone a dead relative. You can see the agency pitching the idea. We are all getting off on great grandad , who loved horses, wrote poetry ,lied about his age and died somewhere on the long road to Tipperary or was it Leicester Square. Any way it was goodbyeee
. Around six million went down to look at the massive display of porcelain poppies. This was a pilgrimage to our history, our national blood sacrifice, our past on a wartime scale. And now Sainsburys have cashed in on the one moment in that Armageddon when peace broke out. Christmas is for sharing is the catch phrase.
Recently I heard some archive recordings of the men talking about how the generals got it started again. After all as in the Sainsbury film where Jim and Otto become great chums,the few hours of fraternising had made many realise that both sides were fighting for God , Freedom, Mother and Apple Pie. That is ,the whole thing was nonsense,
The generals realised that this mood could spread and that could be the end of the war without the required slaughter or the statuary victory. So they started artillery bombardments from the rear to get the other side back on a war footing. Meanwhile Sainsburys are sellling chocolate made in Ypres Belgium of which all the proceeds will go to the British Legion.
They ‘ll be using the Korean War to sell dog food next.