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Walk Like Douglas Bader Day

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Very simple, really.

On Sept 5th each year, everyone walks with the rigid-leg gait of Douglas Bader. It would be particularly nice if everyone could smoke a pipe for the day too, but there are sufficient overtones of political incorrectness with this idea as it is.

MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 23 2015

Who ? https://www.youtube...watch?v=8yaPiTrHAL8
This guy. [popbottle, Feb 24 2015]

My hero http://www.abroadin...w2-wounded-9-times/
Carton de Wiart [EnochLives, Feb 24 2015]

Major-General Sir Millis Rowland Jefferis KBE MC http://en.wikipedia...iki/Millis_Jefferis
One of the finest complete and total nutters the British Empire has ever produced. [8th of 7, Feb 24 2015]

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       Would simply calling it “Mock the Handicapped Day” have been too forthright?
ytk, Feb 23 2015
  

       Well, yes, there is that interpretation of it by those of a low mind. However, I prefer to think of it more as a "Celebrating Douglas Bader Day". After all, if you can lose twice as many legs as are necessary for monopedalism, go on to become an ace fighter pilot, get shot down and still make enough escape attempts to get sent to Colditz, I think it's fair to assume that any emulation is celebratory rather than mocking.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 23 2015
  

       For Guy Gibson day would we all have to own a dog?
Ian Tindale, Feb 23 2015
  

       Yes, but we'd be allowed to rename it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 23 2015
  

       //After all, if you can lose twice as many legs as are necessary for monopedalism, go on to become an ace fighter pilot, get shot down and still make enough escape attempts to get sent to Colditz, I think it's fair to assume that any emulation is celebratory rather than mocking.//   

       I dunno, I'm not sure why'd you want everyone to think you're a useless gimp.
ytk, Feb 23 2015
  

       D.B. definitely wasn't useless.   

       It would be wonderful to have a Sir Arthur Harris day ; February 13th would be appropriate. Participants could stand round large bonfires, cooking wurst on skewers, while chanting "Fry, you Hun bastards,fry! "   

       The principal event should of course be held in Coventry.   

       For vegetarians, "Mr Potato Head" caricatures of senior nazis would be shoved into scale model crematorium ovens, and when cooked, hung up on piano wire to cool in the breeze.
8th of 7, Feb 23 2015
  

       + And have a dog called???? (unless I'm mixing him up with Barnes Wallis)
xenzag, Feb 24 2015
  

       The dog called ?????? belonged to Guy Gibson (of Dambusters fame).
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 24 2015
  

       No, no, no, you misunderstand: ?????? is the name of my dog.
calum, Feb 24 2015
  

       How does he smell ?
8th of 7, Feb 24 2015
  

       questionable.
Loris, Feb 24 2015
  

       One wonders how this category escapes a [let's all].
RayfordSteele, Feb 24 2015
  

       Can we imitate Bader's tendency to be a completely annoying git too?
oneoffdave, Feb 24 2015
  

       Can we have a Franz Stigler day when everyone's just a generally nice chap?
bs0u0155, Feb 24 2015
  

       Well, yes, but we can't see that being very popular.
8th of 7, Feb 24 2015
  

       // One wonders how this category escapes a [let's all]//   

       (a) It's under "culture:celebration" (which, by definition, has to be a let's all or there's very little point). And   

       (b) It's digging a tunnel starting from underneath the wood-stove in Hut B. When it gets 50 yards beyond the wire it's going to disguise itself as a bush and inch away.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 24 2015
  

       That wood stove could have been a much better source of ventilation than the whole cobbled-together pump thing. All they had to do was attach the pipe that went to the end of the tunnel to the fire inlet and it takes care of itself. That's what happens when you let the RAF do tunneling. We should have put Royal Engineers on Lancasters, it would have been a point of national pride to have tunneled out leaving behind a perfect model of Embankment station.
bs0u0155, Feb 24 2015
  

       // We should have put Royal Engineers on Lancasters //   

       What an excellent idea. Rather than dropping bombs, teams of Royal Engineers could have been parachuted into Germany. Inevitably they would have been recruited to assist in construction and repair projects.   

       And that would have been the end of the German war effort, within weeks.   

       // leaving behind a perfect model of Embankment station //   

       Kensington (Olympia) would have been better. Once the Germans had gone through the tunnel, they would have been stranded for hours on a windy platform with no toilets, no food or water, and the prospect of a 12 hour wait before the next overcrowded sheep-wagon rattles in, stinking of sweat, spilt fast food, and doubtful electrical circuits running at too high a load.
8th of 7, Feb 24 2015
  

       (a): exactly. The whole category is a let's all.   

       (b): including some Americans in the escape plan would've concluded in success, wherein they would've all escaped to the French Riviera.
RayfordSteele, Feb 24 2015
  

       Whilst we're walking like Douglas Bader can we adopt the general piratical demeanour of Adrian Carton de Wiart? [link]?
EnochLives, Feb 24 2015
  

       Oh yes ... although Millis Jefferis is also worthy of emulation.   

       <link>
8th of 7, Feb 24 2015
  

       //Douglas Bader Day// Is he related to Daniel Day Lewis?
pocmloc, Feb 26 2015
  

       I would also like there to be a Douglas Bad Ass Day!
xenzag, Feb 26 2015
  
      
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