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Liverpool Mercury, 12th March 1841

Oddities, 1841

I love picking a newspaper at random from the British Newspaper Archive and reading it all – or nearly all, tiny print in the older papers is tough on the eyes, even with some...

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Perfect Cooking, 1959

I’ve got a new cookery book, and it promises me “Perfect Cooking”,¬†1959-style. I love so many things about old cookbooks, particularly the craziness of the Invalid Cookery sections, but one thing bugs me –...

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Funny Bones, 1968

For my birthday treat a few weeks ago, me and my husband went on a very rare kid-free trip to Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head pub to try a special menu – truffled beef stew...

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Pork Pie and porky pies.

It’s coming up for two weeks since the EU referendum and I’ve only just started to calm down. Not because there’s any more reason to calm down. If anything, things have escalated and it...

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Your Face Needs Exercise, 1937

I think there’s something in facial exercises. I had a sheet of such exercises printed off from an Indian newspaper some years ago and, during the stretches that I remembered to actually do them...

19th November 1927, Hastings and St Leonard's Observer

Gaiter and Shoe in One, 1927

I’m a bit of a sucker for those items of clothing that cunningly combine two items together to look like you’re more smartly dressed than you actually are. I think it started with Graeme...