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Frederick The Monk
57632.  Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:22 am Reply with quote

Question: Who is DORA and why do we hate her?
Why wouldn't you invite Dora to your firework party?

Forfeits:

Answer: DORA is the Defence of the Realm Act which introduced sweeping state controls on the British populations in the opening days of World War I. DORA was portrayed in newspaper cartoons as a wizened old busybody and spoilsport.

If DORA came to your party she would most likely:
Confiscate your binoculars (banned under the Act)
Put out your bonfire (signalling risk)
Confiscate your fireworks (banned)
Cut down your flagpole - if you had one (enemy signalling risk)
Stop you ringing the church bells (campanology was banned) despite traditional Act.
Prevent you buying a round of drinks in the pub ('rounds' were banned)
Water down the beer
Send you home from the pub early (opening hours were introduced)

Notes:
In addition DORA and subsequent additions to DORA meant:

no-one was allowed to give bread to horses or chickens
no-one was allowed to use invisible ink when writing abroad
no-one was allowed to buy brandy or whisky in a railway refreshment room†††
No-one was allowed to talk about naval or military matters in public places
no-one was allowed to spread rumours about military matters
no-one was allowed to trespass on railway lines or bridges
no-one was allowed to melt down gold or silver
the government could take over any factory or workshop
the government could try any civilian breaking these laws
the government could take over any land it wanted to
the government could censor newspapers
the government introduced British Summer Time to give more daylight for extra work.

Other Doras
Dora Bryan was the first female pantomime dame to perform at the London Palladium. Her acting career has been running for 60 years so far.

668 Dora is a 'minor planet'.

Dora Black was a pioneering atheist, feminist, peacenik, leftist, advocate of free love and wife of Bertrand Russell.

Links to: Daves (planet Dora)/ drink/ drunkeness/ denial and deprivation/ Dive Bombers/ Dads Army/ Days/ Democracy/

Sources:
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/defence_of_the_realm_act_of_1914.htm
http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/redclyde/redcly199.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/lj/warslj/home_05.shtml
http://sites.scran.ac.uk/redclyde/redclyde/rc199a.html
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/first_world_war/p_defence.htm

Pictures/Props: Newspaper cartoon of 'Dora' (WWI)?

Researcher:JP


Last edited by Frederick The Monk on Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:57 am; edited 3 times in total

 
Flash
57695.  Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:38 am Reply with quote

Dora Bryan was the first female pantomime dame to perform at the London Palladium. Her acting career has been running for 60 years so far.

 
Flash
57698.  Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:54 am Reply with quote

There's a Planet Dora - 668 Dora, a 'minor planet'.

Dora Black was a pioneering atheist, feminist, peacenik, leftist, advocate of free love and wife of Bertrand Russell (I'm trivialising her, of course, but basically she pushed all the buttons).

 
MatC
57703.  Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:10 am Reply with quote

The subject of DORA links with a C Series discussion on her cousin, the Official Secrets Act(s), at post 19599

Iíve been looking up some stuff on another family member, the good old D-Notice, which will also fit in here, perhaps, if I ever get to it ...

 
Frederick The Monk
63089.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:30 am Reply with quote

Updated 31/03/06

 

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