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…
If Roald Dahl had never put pen to paper, his contribution to British life would still have been considerable.
A war hero, spy and inventor, he was one of those people who shone at anything he turned his hand to. But his career as an author is what made Dahl a national treasure and his darkly comic books still merit a shelf of their own in bookshops, more than 25 years after his death.
To celebrate his centenary, we look at his life and career, offer a round-up of events to celebrate Roald Dahl Day (as his birthday is now known), and ask “Whatever happened to Julie Dawn Cole?”, the actress who played spoilt brat Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – a film that, like Dahl’s books, entrances audiences of all ages.
Skiffle might have had its origins in the United States, but it was a peculiarly British branch of pop, driven by washboards, tea chests and enthusiasm. We celebrate this “anyone can do it” musical genre and meet the Who and Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones, who, like many a famous British musician of the 1960s, was inspired to start a band after seeing Lonnie Donegan on telly.
And talking of TV, we go behind the scenes to reveal why you can never trust everything you see on the screen. Along with mocked-up newspapers and labels for bottles of Peckham Spring Water, our informant, one of television’s masters of deception, explains how he would use household items to create gruesome body parts, cobwebs and mouldy plates of food.
Ugh! I suspect he would have got on well with our Mr Dahl.
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