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Under The Plate of Fruit & Veg

Before the Second World War and right up to the late 1960s, most of the fresh fruit and vegetables consumed in this country were grown here and harvested seasonally. Strawberries appeared at this time of year just in time for Ascot and Wimbledon, ready to be doused in lashings of cream.

The asparagus season has always been short: it started in May and whilst featured on restaurant spring menus, asparagus slipped into our kitchens often to be over boiled, ending up rather mushy. Jersey Royals were anxiously awaited at the end of April and were greeted just as enthusiastically as the French welcome their Beaujolais Nouveau in November. Some produce such as potatoes and apples have long been safely stored to give almost year round availability Continue reading →

Rubbish, VW & All That Gas

Antelope Chair by Ernest Race for The Festival of Britain. An era when anything seemed possible.

Antelope Chair by Ernest Race for The Festival of Britain. A time when anything seemed possible.

On 3rd May 1951, The Festival of Britain opened. Events were held all over Britain but the central attraction was undoubtedly the South Bank in London.

Here, a vast area of old warehouses and housing had been demolished to stage a showcase of British achievements in industry, science and art. It was intended to be a tonic for the nation (as Herbert Morrison put it), a cultural counterpart to the social benefits of the Welfare State and an antidote to the years of austerity Continue reading →