Things You Should Enforce If You Ran International Rescue
- On rescue and near civilians, real names should not be used. Use the number of your Thunderbird vehicles.
- Hard hats and harnesses should be worn and shown as an example of correct equipment when on dangerous rescues.
- Ensure Thunderbird One’s photo detector is regularly checked and operational.
- Ensure all security protocols, especially to the Thunderbird Two pods when open on the ground and left unattended.
- Do not invite small boys to headquarters. Children are notoriously prone to letting the cat out of the bag and it will be all over the media in minutes.
- Always remember, you help choose the equipment before they leave but on the ground, Scott and then Virgil are the most experienced in getting things done at a danger zone.
- Ensure there are enough vital spare parts are available for all Thunderbird machines.
- Do not assume the Hood could not survive any fall.
- Always check that the civilian portraits are shown in Operation: Cover-Up.
- Would it be so bad if people had photographs of the Thunderbirds exteriors? At least, we would avoid the problems of imposters posing as us.
- Be grateful that World Security couldn’t work out the kind of place needed to house the Thunderbird machines.
- Don’t be contradictory about leaving Tracy Island unmanned when there could be a rescue and taking the entire family to the mainland to a restaurant or a live TV broadcast.
- Give Scott more practice running International Rescue in my absence and let the boy learn from his mistakes than my interfering (hah!).
- Be kind to Brains and be more specific as to what new rescue vehicle is required.
- Be honest when it comes to accidentally swallowing raspberry flavoured tracking devices rather than blaming my sons.
- I am here to give guidance not to browbeat you.
- Brush up on your navigation skills. The Sahara is not really on the way home from Japan and I just hope she’s pretty.
- Sorry if I got over-anxious when I left you in charge but you know how it is the first time.
- I see so much of myself and your mother in what you do.
- Do a proper painting of Alan and spare us all his anger.
- Have some restraint when rescuing people and not to punch them out unless it’s a last resort.
- For Brains’ sake, look before you leap into the swimming pool.
- The reason I keep you home from missions so much, son, is because I shouldn’t lose all my sons in one rescue. Also, if any Thunderbird crashes at sea, I will need my best aquanaut to rescue them.
- I’ll try to get you more involved on rescues when on Earth, as you clearly need experience of lives over real estate.
- You’re probably safer on the island than back in America.
- I’m sorry again for swallowing your raspberry flavoured tracking device.
- You really must stop putting off going to see the doctor about those collapses you have, old friend.
- The kitchen is your domain and Grandma when she wants to. I’ll have a word with Penny about Parker only serving the food.
- I have no objections to your university friends visiting but try to do it when Alan is not on his Thunderbird 5 shift.
- Would you stop leaving that pygmy alligator in the bath tub!
- Note: If only I was twenty years younger.
- I’m glad you and Parker are there to do some of the rough stuff.
- To save cutlery, tell Parker he can only serve food when he is here.
Dealing with visitors to International Rescue
- I still feel rotten having to take those Thunderbirds toys away from Nicky after he was here for Christmas.
© GF Willmetts 2012
No infringement of Thunderbirds copyright intended.
My grateful thanks to Pauline Morgan for contributing to the above.