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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

    Each issue encourages you to:

    • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
    • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
    • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

    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

    The Mr Perks of the Job
    Journalists are ranked with MPs in the list of the public’s trusted professions – very low down. But while our honourable members are able to earn cash from all manner of extra-curricular sources, the sometimes horrible members of the trade of journalism are not as well paid as many people believe. But then it isn’t a job where you count the days to Friday or the hours – or, in some cases, minutes – to home time either.

    Luckily, the sense of satisfaction can outrank the malnourished wallet and the fact that there are not enough hours in the day. Over the last seven years on this magazine, I’ve been lucky enough to share some of my interests with you, learn more about your hobbies and interests, and meet people I never would have had I remained in the telecoms industry, where I’d previously earned a living.

    Who could have expected that I would end up interviewing and then becoming friends with Barry Cryer – a legend of countless radio and TV comedies? The ‘Cryer Dividend’ has certainly paid out this month, with Baz putting me in contact with his Good Old Days’ sparring partner Bernard Cribbins.

    I grew up, like so many of us, watching Bernard read classic stories on Jackanory. Whether it was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bernard’s avuncular demeanour was all we needed to be transported to those magical worlds of pure imagination.

    Another magical role for Bernard was Mr Perks the porter in The Railway Children, still a fond favourite in my house. The first time I watched the film was as an end of term treat at junior school. You may have seen it at the picture house, possibly as a Saturday morning matinee, and if you did, then I’m sure our feature on children’s cinema clubs will also chime with you.

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