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for ignoring the nuclear attack siren which is currently going off?

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Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 11:49:45

I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to do but I know which I'd choose given the choice of death by radiation fallout and entering the spider infested, unlit bunker at the end of the garden.

reallytired Fri 09-Sep-11 11:54:39


Don't understand. Didn't they all hide behind the sofa with loads of tins of baked beans in the film "When the Wind blows".

MmeLindor. Fri 09-Sep-11 11:56:13

Oh, ours isn't going off yet. Assuming you are in Switzerland.

Did you know they test them once a year?

There is no space in our bunker for all the junk wine stored items so we shall have to die of radiation poisoning.

ScarletLady01 Fri 09-Sep-11 11:57:29

Paint yourself white to deflect the blast...

Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 11:58:09

Yes, but I'm in Sweden where people don't even fart without carrying out a risk assessment and the issuing of full anti-contamination suits.

Psammead Fri 09-Sep-11 11:58:44

Well, whatever you do, do make sure to shut the door of the shelter, wont you?

After you've been frazzled to a crisp, the rest of us do not want to deal with giant, glowing mutant spiders pissing around.

MmeLindor. Fri 09-Sep-11 11:59:22

Ah, that is why ours isn't going off then. Assuming they do not do a European Day of Sirens.

Do you have bottled water and wine in the bunker?

Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 12:00:34

I read somewhere once that they test them in Sweden once a month at a set time and I think it's on a Monday. 12.47 on a Friday doesn't sound precise enough, but I'm not dead yet so maybe someone sat on the button by mistake. (I've been here years and have never heard it before confused)

TheVermiciousKnid Fri 09-Sep-11 12:00:38


Spiders vs. radiation? No contest.

I found a very odd looking spider in the living room today. Not at all like a house spider but somehow more solid. I should have had a closer look but, even though it was very obviously dead, I didn't dare go any closer than was necessary for hoovering it up.

Good god, I hope it was dead. shock

It is quite possible that it was a plastic spider, but I didn't want to take any chances.

So, don't you go complaining about possible nuclear attack - I've had to deal with a probably dead odd looking (and therefore potentially deadly) spider. angry

Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 12:03:08

The neighbour is sat on his sun lounger with ear defenders on. Either he has spiders too, or he sees it an opportunity to improve his tan.

Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 12:04:37

<hunts out zombie apocolyse thread for tips>

ColdSancerre Fri 09-Sep-11 12:08:01

PMSL at your neighbour.

I'm strangely jealous of your nuclear sirens. Do we have them in the UK?

zukiecat Fri 09-Sep-11 12:08:18

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CurrySpice Fri 09-Sep-11 12:11:26

I lived on a low lying island (in the UK) for many years and we had flood sirens - sounded like WWII airraid sirens

SDTGisAnEvilGenius Fri 09-Sep-11 12:15:40

Ordinary spiders I can deal with. I draw the line at mutant, glowing spiders.


Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 12:16:11

It's a throw back to cold war days, being on Russia's doorstep, when the danger must have been considered pretty high for everyone to build bunkers in their gardens and the governement to install and early warning system.

I don't think they have sirens in the UK, I think they resort to church bells. So while in Sweden everyone is getting their spider battling hoovers out, the British are putting on their posh hats and stocking up on confetti.

CurrySpice Fri 09-Sep-11 12:17:31

I've just said - we do have sirens. Just not for nuclear attack!!

Kladdkaka Fri 09-Sep-11 12:21:49

Sorry, I was referring to nuclear ones. There was a siren where I used to live in the UK for when the 'patients' escaped from the pychiatric hospital.

MmeLindor. Fri 09-Sep-11 12:22:26

We have sirens that are tested yearly. Gave me a real fright the first year when our paddle at the beach was rudely interrupted. No one else flinched. Or used earmuffs.

Is your neighbour always a bit odd?

BedHog Fri 09-Sep-11 12:23:23

We do have sirens. There is one just round the corner but it's all rusty with bits hanging off so I'd be very surprised if it was still capable of making any sort of noise!

LunaticIsOnTheGrass Fri 09-Sep-11 12:23:54

You could hear the Broadmoor siren being tested every Monday morning where I lived as a child.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Fri 09-Sep-11 12:25:27

There are sirens in areas close to nuclear power plants I believe.

And I remember hearing something that scared the bejesus out of me near Milford Haven about 30 years ago. I guess that was oil refinery related.

I don't know if anywhere has nuclear attack alarms though (beyond the church bells).

seeker Fri 09-Sep-11 12:25:40

Of course YANBU. You known your child best- if you the level of radiation isn't dangerous then do what you think's right. Guidelines are just guidelines aft all.

TastesLikePanda Fri 09-Sep-11 12:25:43

I'm in Plymouth and the dockyard here has a nuclear warning siren that is tested at 11.30am every Monday. All the locals just ignore it, or use it to tell the time, but it is great to wind up visitors to the city by pretending to be frightened by it!
<TLP is evil emoticon>

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