Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930’s to today.
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We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler…
Dance Yourself Dizzy
Although dinner jacket clad orchestras were all but extinct by the time I sashayed onto the dancefloor, I can relate to many of the sentiments in our cover feature.
In a youth that saw me work in various factories, I lived for the weekend. Its arrival meant everything; teaming up with friends, choosing what to wear and wondering if we would be lucky enough to meet any girls that evening. Rituals we’re all familiar with, regardless of generation.
The first time I spoke to my wife was on a dancefloor. Admittedly I had seen her walk past our house with her sister a few times, but it was under the coloured lights (and, possibly, the influence of some alcoholic beverage) that I plucked up the courage to speak to her. It wasn’t quite love at first sight (not on her part anyway) and I didn’t see her again for the best part of 10 years but here we are, happily married with two children.
But what to do to keep the young ones entertained? Over the summer, we spent some serious cash on bouncy castles and other attractions at the various fetes and fairs we often stumbled across on our travels. But the most entertaining trip of all was to the circus. In fact, while the kids had a whale of a time watching acrobats, gymnasts, fire-eaters and the like (and my son accidentally kicking a Brownie), it was just the tonic I needed too. So I’m sure you’ll understand why I chose to run this issue’s feature on circuses.
With planning for the December issue already underway, I’ve had to turn my thoughts towards Christmas. I wonder what presents you desired, unusual seasonal menus you sampled or your favourite yuletide television or radio shows? I look forward to reading your memories.
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