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Calling a government bureaucracy responsible for treating illness the National Health Service is in the finest traditions of Newspeak."Andrew Hickey wrote, "The identity Card here is obviously a reference to the current British controversy over the planned introduction of ID cards, but is also a reference to the 'this book belongs to' pages that used to appear in children's annuals in the UK (whose format the Black Dossier is aping).Also, it's probably a coincidence, but the look of this page reminds me of "The Goodies' Book Of (Criminal) Records", one of three books put out by the British comedy team The Goodies (contemporaries of the Monty Python team) in the 1970s.Philip & Emily Graves write, "Can't place the letters "AIHD" (an acronym?), but '84' is obvious enough, while July 1948 is when Orwell returned to Jura and re-commenced work on his novel, after having been delayed through illness."I'm surprised no British readers have commented that this doubles as a very contemporary reference, like the surveillance cameras/telescreens referred to later.Warning: There are some Bad Words used in these annotations.

Toward this end words are merged together and shortened, so that “English Socialism” becomes “Ing Soc.” “Mini Luv” stands for the “Ministry of Love,” the government department which uses fear, brainwashing, and torture to enforce loyalty to and love of Big Brother, the leader of Oceania. Simpson writes, "This may also reference The Great Bear, an artwork by Simon Patterson in which he replaced the station names on the London Underground diagram with the names of philosophers, actors, politicians and other celebrated figures."Philip & Emily Graves write, "Many puns here: Maida Jump, Court Short, Turnham Blue, Colouring Inn, Tooting Bottom, Eating Broadly, Rothernot, Pen Stroke Newington, Upper Etching, H. Many of these are clearly riffs on actual underground stations (while Pen Stroke Newington and Ink Staines allude to the areas of London named Stoke Newington and Staines respectively).Possibly one of the Martians wearing gasmasks from the first issue of League v2?The blonde woman is Mina Murray, from Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897).The text here, except where otherwise quoted, is copyright © Jess Nevins 2008.It may not be reproduced in part or in full without credit being given to me.

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