BY RUCHIRA GHOSH In India, the works of P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton have mercifully never fallen out of fashion or favour. It is through these novels that many Indians learn not only the English language but also about British culture. Even on Enid Blyton’s 123rd birthday, she is as relevant as when I was a child and growing up on her … Continue reading India’s Love of Blyton
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The beauty of being Editor of this magazine is that one can write and publish what the hell one wants. Such freedom of speech is worth fighting for, and over. (If that over-censorious Deputy Editor, young Bembridge, thinks his grooming period is over and that he is ready to seize the reins, then – since scraps at two metres are no fun … Continue reading The Rumaissance
BY AMELIA CROSBY It feels like forever since lock-down started and as with any turbulent or stressful moment that comes into our lives, everyone reacts differently. Analysis from King’s College London has revealed that our individual responses to the Covid-19 lock-down can be sorted into three distinct groups: the accepting, the suffering, and the resisting. The analysis based on an Ipsos MORI survey conducted in … Continue reading Which Lockdown Personality Are You?
BY MATTHEW CONWAY As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. Blame Cagney. Blame Coppola. But mainly blame our immaculately dressed neighbour who lived in the mock Georgian Manor next door, drove a Jaguar, wore shiny leather shoes, and disappeared suddenly in the summer of 1999. Within days the car was repossessed, the house up for sale, and in … Continue reading Travel Is Dangerous
BY NIGEL BEAN Early 80s – The old train rattled into Euston. Back then we still had the old slam shut doors that were difficult to open from the inside. I had gone down to London with my old mate Jimmy but we were to part company almost immediately as I was on my way to watch Arsenal v Liverpool and he was off to … Continue reading Welcoming Committees
What have the Romans ever done for us, eh? With such a strong history of colonialism, it’s easy to see the effect British culture has had on the rest of the world. As far away as antipodean New Zealand, British culture has, in some way, seeped into the nooks and crannies of nearly every other nation, for better and for worse. But what about the other … Continue reading The Romans
BY NIGEL BEAN On my return home from work one day the good lady remarked that Hunter – our Labrador American bulldog cross – just hadn’t been the same since his Dad was sent over the rainbow bridge. I had noticed this as well, he appeared uninterested even in his food and his zest for life was missing. The solution we both agreed was to get … Continue reading It’s a Terrier
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Martin Lacey Jr – the circus supremo and big cat trainer – flew over especially from Germany last week to the UK to attend the public oral evidence session of the bill to ban wild animals in circus. He was armed with his own personally-funded empirical scientific data showing there were not any unusual stress levels in his big … Continue reading Circus Bill Submission Ignored