A thick coating of mildew is formed…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sounds are: gurgle, rumble, chirp, chirp, chirp, rumble, and gurgle.

I need knowledge… I need information… I could do with a quick dip into the world of the early 20th c.
Yes, I need to open up that old junk shop book – The Daily Express Enquire Within from 1934. What was everyday life in Britain like in 1934? We’ll soon find out… Here’s a photograph of the impressive title page – love that ‘globe of learning’!…

DSCN4009I’ll just let the book drop open at random pages: By the way each page has a pithy and instructive quotation across the top – I shall include these in italics after the page number:

Page 148. (Study the precautions respecting fire, and study all the precautions.)
Shell Out or Penny Pot is a game of pyramids played by any number of players, who each pay a penny to the player pocketing a coloured ball, but any player accidentally pocketing the white ball has to pay a penny to each of the other players. A double value is usually given to the last red.

Page 384. (Music is soul embodied in sound.)
A carpet in which all the colours are light never has a clean, bright effect, from the want of dark tints to contrast and set off the light ones. For a similar reason, carpets whose colours are all what artists call middle tint (neither dark nor light) cannot fail to look dull and dingy, even when quite new.

Page 109. (Loose habits lead to tight bandages.)
Tincture of Allspice – Bruised allspice, one ounce and a half; brandy, a pint. Steep for a fortnight, occasionally shaking, then pour off the clear liquor. This excellent for many of the uses of allspice, such as making bishop, mulling wine, flavouring gravies, potted meats, &c.

Page 443. (Father and mother are kind, but God is kinder.)
Vaseline in the Stable and Kennel. – when mixed with graphite, Vaseline affords a valuable lubricant for the axles of carriages of every description, and for all bearings in machinery, especially where great speed is required. A paste is also prepared from it which renders leather harness soft, impervious to wet, and free from cracks.

Page 100. (When angry count ten before you speak.)
Sloe Wine, is useful in cases of diarrhoea, the astringent properties of this fruit tending to counteract relaxation of the bowels. It is made by steeping sloes in water, and letting them stand therein until a thick coating of mildew is formed on the surface. This is removed, and the liquor is then strained and bottled and tightly corked down. Not more than from a half-wineglass to a wine-glass should be taken when required.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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