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Training Fleas, 1940

A letter from an Oslo publication printed in PTO Magazine, 1940. I’ll confess, I’m confused. I thought flea circuses were basically a mime act. And yet this goes into quite some detail on how...

Ferry Cross the Mersey, 1932

A bit more from Motor Runs from Merseyside – published by the Liverpool Post in 1932 to capitalise on people starting to become car owners, with advice on places accessible within one or two...

The Art of Drinksmanship, 1975

The 1970s are strangely tainted at the minute, as you don’t need me to tell you. “The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there,” said L. P. Hartley in The Go-Between...

Words of Love, and Love of Words

Words, words, glorious words; Nothing quite like them for polishing turds…. I’ve always loved words, I even used to collect them when I was younger. Interesting words I found I would write down in...

Cheesy Peas, 1996

Oh, the crazy things we ate in the 1990s! Actually, although this is obviously from The Fast Show Book, I did make some cheesy peas while the programme was on and they were pretty...