I am reading Martin Booth's Gweilo. Booth mentions several times that his inflexible father was called "Commodore Blimp" behind his back by his colleagues in the navy. I do not understand this reference. I know commodore as a navy rank and blimp as an airship, but I do not understand why this nickname is mocking or funny. Can someone enlighten me?
Here's an excerpt:
'Just because the mercury touches eighty, Joyce, it doesn't mean we have to abandon all our bloody standards.'
There was a pause.
'You know what they call you, don't you?' She did not wait for a response. 'Commodore Blimp.'
'I don't give a bloody damn,' my father answered,