Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Drive-By History!

The uniform of the gang member!
STOP PRESS: Reports are coming in of a serious incident of drive-by history in the North of ye olde city of Norwich yesterday evening...

A witness Doris Lane describes what happened:

"I was waiting for the bus at Stump Cross when a car came speeding towards us. With the car suddenly slowing down, a teenager in a baseball cap shouts the following through the open window:
'Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence!'
It all happened so quickly."

The victims were initially in a state of considerable anxiety, until comforted by trained officers from Norfolk Police's Histiography Unit. Sergeant Dick Boss explains:
"This irresponsible act might have resulted in an outbreak of historical curiosity such as that experienced in Mile Cross last year - an act that prompted, both, a community-led local history project and the formation of the notorious, 'Whig History Krew'. We simply can't have members of the public exposed to histiography in this reckless manner!"

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward and help them with their enquiries.

See HERE for reports of previous Drive-By History incidents in Norwich

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  1. Sadly, incidents like this are becoming all too common in city centres around the country. Our force in Bath has set up a dedicated unit to deal with them, and brought in Barry Cunliffe to advise the specialist officers.

  2. Dear Tom,

    I am deeply saddened to hear that this type of anti-social behaviour is afflicting your community too. Where will it end I wonder?


  3. I blame J A Sharpe and his well meaning tome, Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550 - 1760 (Hodder Arnold, 1987) He made history just to accessible to the masses and there is no going back. Myself, I long for the days when history was the preserve of Unstead. Read only by nice boys beneath the bedsheets with a torch. Happy days!

    1. Ah yes, Many Coats, I well remember my copy of J A Sharpe's 'Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550 - 1760' (Hodder Arnold, 1987). I would wrap it between the leaves of an earlier edition of 'Health and Efficiency' magazine, so - if caught out unawares by my parents - they would be none the wiser, and think their boy to be perfectly normal. Happy days.

    2. A great tip for the 'History Krew' Tom!

  4. We must also look to the popularity of dangerously demagogic British Marxist historians such as E.P. Thompson, Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawn. I fear that the writings of these academic malcontents have given many young people ideas above their station.