The Foxer

The defoxing annexe was visited by the local Fire Safety Officer on Monday. It seems she wasn’t entirely happy with what she saw. We’ve just received an enforcement notice informing us that our fire exits can’t be trompe-l’œiled to look like B-52 escape hatches, and our 1/72 WW2 airfield diorama in the snug must either be moved outside or have its fully-functioning FIDO system disabled :(

Last week’s foxer theme: The 1974 Eurovision Song Contest (defoxed by AFKAMC)

a Flag of Luxembourg (Stugle)
b Maltese 2 Euro coin (Little_Crow, Artiforg, Stugle)
c House Martell emblem, Game of Thrones (All is Well)
d 2S1 Gvozdika (Carnation) (Stugle)
e AFC Wimbledon badge (phlebas, phuzz)
f Olivia Neutron-Bomb (richard)
g Graphics from Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Battle (Shiloh)
h Dome car (phuzz)
i Song Dynasty (All is Well)
j Si 204 bomber (AFKAMC)
k Georges Pompidou (richard)

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Foxer Fact #3001

HMS Foxer, a 64-gun two-decker launched in 1797, was famous for its unlucky captains. Captain Henry Foyle lost an ear and an arm at Cape Finisterre. Two days before the Battle of Trafalgar Captain William Winter fell overboard and drowned after tripping over the ship’s cat. At the Battle of the Nile, despite being half a mile away from her when she exploded, Captain Edward Byrd was brained by the bell of French flagship, Orient.


  1. Artiforg says:

    The Spectrum game in the background is Saboteur by Durell software (who now make accounting software).

  2. Little_Crow says:

    I’m taking a stab at that being a desert orchid, and the link being race horses, or possibly a very specific race.

  3. Syt says:

    The flower is a Scarlet Pimpernell

    • Syt says:

      This also being the title of a novel by Emma Orczy, and a musical based on it.

  4. Shiloh says:

    I’m guessing the image at top left is an illustration from Richard Bachmann/Stephen King’s short story “The Long Walk”? If so, it’s one of my favourite King works, that.

  5. Little_Crow says:

    2nd stab at a defox – Nelson Mandela?

    ‘Long Walk’ to freedom.
    ‘Winnie’ his wife
    He was known as the black ‘pimpernel’

    • Stugle says:

      One of the first things his Wikipedia entry mentions is that he led a sabotage campaign against the South African government in 1961.

    • Syt says:

      The “I AM” seems to be from the Invictus Games motto:
      link to

      • Stugle says:

        Also, Nelson Mandela gave a speech titled “I am prepared to die” in 1964 (thanks, Wikipedia).

      • Little_Crow says:

        Invictus being the name of the film about Mandela in his first term as president, and also the poem he read to other prisoners at Robben Island.

  6. Stugle says:

    The gun emplacement at the bottom might be a German Anton gun, which was deployed in several coastal batteries, including the Lindemann battery in Normandy.

    • Stugle says:

      Scratch that – it’s a picture of De Waal Battery at Robben Island.

    • phlebas says:

      It looks similar but I can’t find a picture using that sort of camouflage pattern. The railing in front makes me wonder if it might be on a ship – could it be HMS Nelson?

      • phlebas says:

        Aha. Apparently not :)

      • Syt says:

        It kinda looks like the turrets of the WW2 Fletcher Class Destroyers according to Google-Fu, but I can’t find this exact picture to confirm.

      • Little_Crow says:

        This one’s a ludicrous leap of logic:
        b648 in hex is 46664 – Mandela’s prison number

        • Syt says:

          Good one. I was wondering if his prisoner number was in there somewhere. Or what B648 was for. Never made the connection. :D

    • mrpier says:

      WW II plane is a Blackburn Botha, and Botha was a leader of South Africa during the Apartheid years.

      • Little_Crow says:

        Nice one,
        The closest I got was it perhaps being a DC-3, as the crash of one killed a musician called Ricky Nelson

  7. Little_Crow says:

    The missile makes me think it’s Anti Ship or Cruise.

    I’m going through Wiki entries for something that looks similar but struggling – my browsing history is going to make quite a read.

    • Stugle says:

      It looks a bit like a Tomahawk, but it’s not that. I’m guessing it’s an air-launched missile, as it seems to have folding wings. My search history so far includes “cruise missile”, “air-launched cruise missile”, “tomahawk missile replacement”, “air-launched missile”, “folding wing cruise missile”… I’m still looking, with nothing to show so far.

    • mrpier says:

      The missile is a SPEAR (Spear 3) made by MBDA I think.

  8. Syt says:

    The airport appears to be Anchorage, aka ANC, the short for African National Congress

  9. Stugle says:

    That leaves just the car to be explained.

    • Little_Crow says:

      And the chequered flag followed by something (number 9???)

      • Arioch_RN says:

        I think it could be the logo for The Special AKA, who sang Free Nelson Mandela

      • Little_Crow says:

        Yep. that’s definitely it.
        I got to the wiki page for the song earlier, but it’s not till I googled it that I saw the chequered pattern on all their releases.

        just the car left now then…

  10. Little_Crow says:

    I’m leaning towards this being a car from a videogame for some reason.
    The text on the number plate is also tantalizingly illegible.

    • Numptydumpty says:

      The car is the Maruti Suzuki version of the Alto. Maruti’s headquarters are at 1, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

      • Little_Crow says:

        Nicely done.
        Do you have the source image? the writing on the number plate is killing me.

        And isn’t it amazing how seriously fugly cars can look pretty nice from the air? Though I’m sure there is no angle the Fiat Multipla looks good from.

        • Numptydumpty says:

          Sorry I can’t even find the image I saw before. They have made many versions of this (as I discover in Google image search) This one appears to be the 2012 version. Not the that helps.