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01 AUG 2019 . . . Did the anguish of a suffering commuter inspire a world wide hit? . . . a piece of Cold War propaganda emerges in North London . . . Jacaranda offers a clever idea for beef stock . . . if only you could judge book by its cover . . .
Aug 21 2019NINA SIMONE, SOUTHERN REGION RAILWAYS,
Was ‘Tunbridge Wells Goddam’ the secret inspiration for one of Nina Simone’s greatest hits?
On the eve of the Nina Simone tribute concert at the Albert Hall Proms, music historian FINLAY PHELPS tells the story of an impassioned song bemoaning the horrors of commuter life in the Old South – the English Home Counties in the 1950s – and how La Nina would have come across it.
James Kilroy ‘the satyrical songster’ (above) who was famed for his sharp tongue and matinee idol looks wrote the song and
Aug 2019TRAVELLERS, SLAVERYTONIGHT’S TV CHOICE: My Big Fat Gypsy Slave Camp. (8pm Channel UKPlainTruth)
THIS ONE iS FOR REAL
Aug 21 2019DESIGN, BOOK COVER, PENGUIN, AMBLER
‘A timeless cover for a plonker of an allegedly classic thriller’
This is a tragic tale of an artist neglected, writes MILES KOENIG in his By Design column for this weekend’s THE SECOND POST MAGAZINE. He mourns the apparently abject failure of Penguin Books to credit the creator of this brilliant book cover. He speculates as to why Penguin have refused to
THIS ONE iS FOR REAL
Aug 2019WARSAW PACT, PHRASEBOOK, PROPAGANDA
The former occupant of an abandoned West London flat left this curio on the premises in the mid Eighties. It is a small but intriguing example of how the Communist Bloc propaganda machine functioned at the time.
There are 122 pages of phrases . . .
. . . but they are not all political like these . . .
. . . there is an extensive section on the law, English idiom and sport. Whatever the subject, the conscientious user of this handbook would have never be at a loss for words.
In their effort to turn their athletes into virtual fighting machines it was inevitable that the East Germans would make them fight real ones
Aug 2019REACHING OUT, MICHAELANGELO
‘Thank you for reaching out’ No. 28
FOOD & WINE Aug 2019
COOKERY, starter, BRUNCH, eggs
OEUF AU BOEUF
IIf you have some good rich beef stock or gravy in the fridge, this makes a great snack or brunch dish. Fry or poach your eggs in combination of butter and beef gravy. If you are feeling virtuous, serve the eggs on wholemeal toast but the truth is they are even better on fried bread. Serve accompanied by Little Feat’s Dixie Chicken
(Taken from Jacaranda Finch’s High Cooking, the No-nonsense Book of Haute Cuisine Ravelin Books £7.99)
NEXT WEEK: Garlic Jelly
Jun 2019politics, debate,
‘Even our disconnect is broken and no longer fit for purpose’ So says our star political columnist Horace Edgerly. writing about the great political conundrum of our times. Perceptive, far-seeing – read him tomorrow: ONLY IN THE SECOND POST!
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