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Growing Up In England Must Be Creepy

Topics: Lifestyle & Culture | 2 CommentsBy admin | August 14, 2009

Which is why you should Always Keep Ahold of Nurse, For Fear of Finding Something Worse

The Girl Who Didnt Dress Bright

The unpleasant treatment of children in Dickensian tales is almost understandable; the stories were written in times that were, well, Dickensian. But what is it about British culture that warrants morbid PSA’s with dead children, and inspires entire Pink Floyd double albums with songs like We Don’t Need No Education? Or more recently, the Tales of the Road children’s safety campaign  created by the Leo Burnett agency. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton you’ll love the ads; they seem to be based on a weird amalgam of the “Big Eye” art of Margaret Keane, the poetry of Hilaire Belloc, and the macabre tone of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies. My favorite is probably The Girl Who Didnt Dress Bright, perhaps more for the name than anything else. You can see the rest on the UK Department for Transport’s YouTube channel, and on their main web site you can even play brutal hit and run games like Make Me Cross. And remember: No pudding ’til you’ve eaten your meat.

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