In the past two months, since the death of the Malayan communist leader Chin Peng on the 16th of September, I have written nine challenging posts about Communism and the brutal jungle war in Malaya and the suffering of the Batang Kali children who travelled without a suitcase. These are challenging to me because I had never set out to write about major historical conflicts on my blog. When I started blogging in English less than two years ago, I had never anticipated that one day I would handle such a sensitive and emotional subject, as the pains of the Batang Kali children are still clearly felt though Communism is already dead in Malaysia.
While I am still reading about the Malaysian history during the Malayan Emergency period while reading War of the Running Dogs: Malaya, 1948-1960 by Noel Barber, and Jungle Green by Arthur Campbell, I have also noticed the change of the season. The warm summer has faded into a rather chilly autumn. In Britain, our clocks moved one hour backwards on the last Sunday in October. It delighted me last weekend as I felt I had earned one extra hour’s sleep.
Change of season; Change of topics
The change of the season also signals a change in my writing. I will take a break from the intensity of the guerrilla fighting during the Malayan Emergency (or you may call it a Civil War or War against terrorism) to other lighter topics.
Today, I’m going to switch from the bloody Jungle War in Malaya to a slightly messy war in the UK. It is called the War against Egg and Flour during the Halloween. Halloween this year is on the 31st of October (Thursday). Though it is not a major festival in the UK, but Halloween seems to be quite popular amongst youngsters.
Have a look at these posters, and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. There is a serious egg and flour sales clampdown in the UK as these are somehow seen as ‘weapons’ used by young people, who go round to people’s house to terrorise innocent people.
I am astounded that the UK is fighting against youngsters in possession of eggs and flour during the Halloween. Even though I had seen posters against youngsters buying eggs and flour before, this is the first time I found such a variety of high quality designs, and some with good sense of humour in the posters issued by various police forces around the country.
Halloween in the UK seems to have been turned into a form of ‘terror’.
Police issued mischief night warning to teenagers that they should not buy eggs or flour. Apparently, it is a trend that some young people would use eggs and flour as their weapons during the Halloween to attack innocent people, causing distress to vulnerable people. Throwing eggs and flour, or mixing flour with water then chucking it at people’s double-glazing windows have become a nuisance.
Luckily my house has not been hit by eggs and flour in the past, possibly because it is a safe neighbourhood. I have spoken to some friends and they all told me how messy it could be to be attacked by eggs and flour. My friend told me that if a raw egg gets thrown at my car and hit the windscreen when I am driving, do not instinctively use the windscreen wipers as the egg will get spread across the windscreen and I will be unable to see. This will cause an accident.
I’m most impressed by the poster designed by the Wiltshire Police. The warning is written as a rhyme:
Eggs and Flour make a mess
Don’t be the one to cause distress
My 12-year-old son first wrote a very insightful post called What is it with Halloween? in his blog two weeks ago, and our conversations since have sparked my interest in this topic. I am not sure how Halloween is celebrated in other countries, but surely banning eggs and flour can’t be a universal rule. I’m also curious why the Halloween celebration would turn into such a big-scale ‘terror’ in the UK. Do you have any answers? In your country, is there such a ban on eggs and flour sales for youngsters?