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, 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, Simon Stabler…
The Land of Make Believe
Even the most dedicated soap opera fan will admit there are certain aspects of their favourite shows that are hard to swallow. Last year a survey revealed that few soap characters earn anywhere near enough to be able to afford their properties. Then there are the pubs. Have you seen how ropey a pint of bitter is in The Rovers? And given the lack of customers and the landlord’s tendency to give drinks away for free, the Queen Vic would have become a bookies or a supermarket years ago. But the thing I’m still having trouble coming to terms with is that EastEnders marks its 30th anniversary this month. Where has the time gone? To commemorate the occasion, we go behind the scenes at Albert Square, revealing several tricks of the TV trade.
In the real world, our Postcard From series visits the Grand Union Canal, while roving reporter Claire Saul speaks to the Tower of London’s Raven Master and visits Stoneywell, the latest property to join the National Trust.
We look at the Women’s Land Army, while our food and drink section looks at the Bedfordshire clanger, a dish that may well have provided sustenance to some of those women who kept Britain fed during the two world wars.
But as a comedy fan, I’m extremely proud of the exclusive interview we have with Alan Simpson, one half of the acclaimed Galton and Simpson writing team. Over the years they have made us laugh through their work for the likes of Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd. But for me, their greatest body of work is Steptoe and Son. Although a sitcom, I find that show closer to reality than many soap opera storylines.
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