8 March 1978: Potter’s enchanting musical is delicious, delightful and de-lovely with a dark undertow
Tunes – or chunes, as Arthur Parker, the song salesman, talking with the perpetual common cold of the Cockney, pronounces it – tunes do help you breathe more easily. During the rainy 30s a succession of songs insisted that sunshine was coming. Soft-centred, sweet-toothed songs that old Black Magic. There wasn’t too much bread about so let them eat chocolates.
Songs that the trade at the time wickedly called womb tremblers because they stirred you up inside like a spoon … moon… June. Ah Bisto.
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Televising parliament: Nancy Banks-Smith on MPs’ affair with the TV camera - archive, 26 January 1988
26 January 1988 Nancy Banks-Smith muses on MPs’ affair with the TV camera
It is one of life’s little delights to watch MPs being interviewed in the freezing dusk outside the House of Commons. Sometimes a light but drenching rain is falling. Sometimes a brisk wind picks up a strand of hair, laid tidily across the MP’s pate, and streams it out side-ways. It is, one is cheered to see, an east wind. Sometimes passers-by point at them, hoping perhaps that they are being arrested for importuning. Sometimes, to illustrate a debate in Parliament, a producer hires some artist of marked incompetence or malevolence to draw the speakers.Continue reading...