The Flare Path: Postponed

Would you mind awfully taking that milk off the boil, ironing those antimacassars, collecting this prescription, and feeding Blohm and Voss for me (there are some dead mice on the second shelf down in the fridge)? I’m ludicrously busy today, so busy in fact today’s Flare Path has ended up shorter than a Brewster Buffalo with a calcium deficiency. Below the jump is a foxer and nothing else. Return at 2100hrs GMT and the reason for my blue-arsed fly impersonation will become clear.

The Flare Path Foxer

Last week’s mercurial talents were Rorschach617, Syt, Shiloh, Stugle, mrpier, AbyssUK, AFKAMC, iainl, All is Well, and billy_bunter. Blast from the past Electricfox gets a special FP flair Point signed by crooked cartographer Gerry Mander for working out who secured Roman’s vote in the May 7 general election.

(Theme: mercury)

a Fedje in Norway (nearby, mercury freighter U-864 met its end)
b The emblem of Witchland in The Worm Ouroboros, a novel set on Mercury
c Manifold pressure gauge (manifold pressure is measured in inches of mercury)
d A syphilis sufferer (Mercury was one of the earliest treatments for the disease)
e Gloster Gauntlet (powered by a Bristol mercury engine)
f Bloodbones, a Jackson/Livingstone Fighting Fantasy book starring Captain Cinnabar (Cinnabar is a mercury ore. Livingstonite is a mercury antimony sulfosalt mineral)
g KRETA armband (the Axis assault on Crete was codenamed Operation Mercury)
h 3D Ant Attack (published by Quicksilva)
i William Eugene Smith (photographer best known for his WW2 images and his photo essay on the Minamata poisonings)

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Defoxing. The Basics

More often than not foxers are collages with a hidden theme (past themes have included Robin Hood, golf, Swan Lake, the assassination of President Garfield, the Suez Canal, and Janice Joplin). Once the majority of collage components have been identified in the comments section, it’s usually not long before some sharp-eyed lateral thinker spots a link and guesses the theme. Everyone’s welcome to play, but arrive late and chances are you’ll find nothing but scraps of fur and the odd whisker left undefoxed.

(All answers in one thread, please)

37 Comments

  1. AFKAMC says:

    FOXER: Biplane is a Fiat CR.42 Falco (Falcon).

    • Shiloh says:

      Those pointy things on the left look like Congreve rockets (reposted to drop in to the Foxer thread).

    • iainl says:

      As ever I’m here with the highbrow: the dinosaur looks to be Godzuki, from the animated Godzilla series (Up from the depths, 30 stories high, breathing fire, he’s there in the sky!)

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      Matchstick says:

      Text bottom right is from the 1974 file Juggernaut AKA Terror on the Brittanic staring Richard Harris and Anthony Hopkins and directed by Richard Lester.

      The text itself is the ransom demand that forms the basis of the film
      “You will pay me £500,000 by dawn or the worlds greatest luxury liner will rip open like a can of sardines and 1200 men, women and children will die….good day, Juggernaut!”

    • Shiloh says:

      The military stamp is here:

      link to norvic-philatelics.co.uk

      Apparently, it’s a British female military police NCO from Kosovo.

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        Matchstick says:

        UK Military police are nicknames Recaps so my first thought for the connection is Mushrooms/Fungi ?

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      Matchstick says:

      Top right Royal Mail 1st Class Stamp from 2007 (part of a season celebrating 350 years of British Army uniforms) showing the uniform of an NCO Royal Military Police from 1999

      link to news.bbc.co.uk
      (Picture 6 of the slideshow)

    • iainl says:

      The circular logo with a rat wearing a hoodie in the top middle looks like it’s off one of the Redwall series of novels, but I’ve not spotted which one yet.

      • iainl says:

        Never mind, it’s “The Bellmaker” by Brian Jacques. I’m right about it being part of the Redwall novels.

        “When Joseph the Bellmaker is warned in a dream that his daughter, Mariel, is in danger, his hopes of saving her are slim. For the evil Foxwolf and his horde of rats are coming to Southsward and Mariel is his prisoner. But Joseph and his four young warrior friends lead a crusade against Foxwolf and his invading grey rat army. And can the legendary Martin the Warrior return from the past to save them. Or is it too late . . .?”

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        Matchstick says:

        Well spotted, looks to be from the Bellmaker
        link to amazon.co.uk

    • Shiloh says:

      The lady on the right is Andree Borrel, WW2 British spy. Met a grisly end apparently, cremated while still alive after a botched lethal injection.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Some sort of sub-aquatic theme…?
      Yves le Prieur invented scuba gear.
      Jacques Cousteau won a Palme d’or.

      • AFKAMC says:

        In 1976, Cousteau uncovered the wreck of HMHS Britannic (i.e. Juggernaut/Terror on the Britannic).

      • AFKAMC says:

        Albert Falco was a French scuba diving veteran and champion of underwater conservation.

        • AFKAMC says:

          …he was one of the longest-serving diving companions of Jacques Cousteau, Chief Diver, and later Captain of the RV Calypso.

      • iainl says:

        Looks good to me, added to Brian Jacques for a second Cousteau link and Godzuki being up from the depths.

        But what’s the Borrel link? Not just that she parachuted into the town of Mer?

        • Rorschach617 says:

          Wikipedia says that Cousteau was stationed at Toulon. Borrel was trained as a nurse at Toulon before being reassigned.

      • phlebas says:

        Cousteau’s trademark red hat fits the ‘redcap’ military police reference.

      • AFKAMC says:

        The black and red background might be a reference to the flag of Trinidad = calypso music = RV Calypso, a Gozo ferry and later an oceanographic research ship operated by Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

      • Stugle says:

        The satellite image of an island is of Santa Catalina, off Los Angeles. Apparently, Jacques Cousteau filmed there. Also, his younger son died in a PBY Catalina crash (all info courtesy of Google and/or Wikipedia).

        • Rorschach617 says:

          Well done. I was just examining the islands of Fiji since his son wanted to open a resort called “Cousteau” there. You saved me a lot of trouble :)

          • Stugle says:

            I studied Geography, and now I work in Human Resources. I might as well get some use out of my field of study. :)

      • AFKAMC says:

        Re. The animated Godzilla series which featured Godzuki: the research vessel Calico and her crew appear to be based on Jacques Cousteau and his ship the Calypso.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      I assume “Bellmaker” refers to Jacques Cousteau’s submarines, in that he designed at least one, and “diving bell”, and…..

      There is a logic here, but it peters out after a while

    • Artiforg says:

      I’m a little late to the party and you’ve already worked out the link, so I just wanted to re-affirm the link by pointing out that the background image is from the Spectrum game Scuba Dive.

      Link to corroborating image: Probably not the exact image that Tim used

  2. Shiloh says:

    FOXER: those pointy things on the left look like Congreve rockets

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    Matchstick says:

    Foxer Answers:

    Bottom right, the text looks to be from the Movie Juggernaut

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      Matchstick says:

      Movie is from 1974 stars Richard Harris and Anthony Hopkins and was directed by Richard Lester.
      (Film is also know as Terror on the Britannic )

      “You will pay me £500,000 by dawn or the worlds greatest luxury liner will rip open like a can of sardines and 1200 men, women and children will die….good day, Juggernaut!”

  4. Shiloh says:

    “Return at 2100hrs GMT and the reason for my blue-arsed fly impersonation will become clear.”

    Given Horace and his trophy are peering out of the right hand corner of the main image, I’m wondering whether Tim will be presenting his “Top 50 … of all time”? Wargames? Simulations? Foxers? Defoxers?

    • Monggerel says:

      “Top 50 Disappointingly Narrow Superlatives of all time”