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    From the Editor…

    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine. Published since 1993, Best of British magazine is packed with stories and pictures guaranteed to bring the memories flooding back. Offering page after page of timeless reading, Best of British covers every aspect of life from the 1930s all the way through to today, recording the way it once was and demonstrating what makes Britain so special.

    At the heart of the magazine is our Yesterday Remembered section, where we explore reader’s own recollections and memories of British life gone by. Add to this dedicated stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons, from Christmas traditions to great days out, and you have the perfect mix. Other regulars include reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, Baking with Mrs Simkins, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword.

    We hope you enjoy reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Chris Peachment…

    Death by Green

    Welcome dear readers to this, the October issue, when our thoughts turn autumnal.

    An odd email crossed my screen recently that listed the top ten pieces of music now favoured at funerals.

    Before looking at it, my thoughts immediately went in the direction of Jerusalem, and Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer. But I had reckoned without modern taste.

    The number one on the list was Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. The list then veered between the mawkish (Imagine) to the insulting (My Way).

    A much-liked friend of mine died not long ago, and got given a ‘humanist’ send off, which turned out to be the family standing up in a small chapel and saying nice things about her.

    If that is all you want, then you might as well stay at home and do it. You don’t necessarily need to be religious to realise that death is an important rite of passage and we should mark it with due reverence, ritual and ceremony.

    Very soon the Greens will be insisting we be left to rot in the back garden because it conforms to their trite and unrealistic doctrine of ‘sustainability’.

    The Greens are the modern puritans, who want us all to wear hair shirts to save on fuel. Always be wary of them.

    Puritan thinking always runs like this: ‘I don’t want to …’ You can fill in the gaps here for yourself: ‘… drive a car’, ‘… eat meat’, ‘… wear a suit’.

    To which you reply ‘Fine, you don’t have to.’ But then the response from them is ‘I don’t want to… Therefore you are not allowed to…’

    Always remember that the Puritans banned cock fighting, not because it was cruel to the cock, but because it was enjoyed by the audience.


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