Tag Archives: Food and drink

Nights at the Alexandra

Source: William Trevor, Nights at the Alexandra (London: Hutchinson, 1987) Text: People loved the Alexandra. They loved the things I loved myself – the scarlet seats, the lights that made the curtains change colour, the usherettes in uniform. People stood … Continue reading

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Under the Volcano

Source: Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1962 [orig. 1947]), pp. 30-32 Text: He stood, out of breath, under the shelter of the theatre entrance which was, however, more like the entrance to some gloomy bazaar or market. … Continue reading

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All Pals Together

Source: Terry Staples, All Pals Together: The Story of Children’s Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997), p. 233 Text: Living as kids in rural Wiltshire, we never had a chance to go to a cinema there. But every summer we … Continue reading

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An Island Night’s Entertainment

Source: ‘Inbad’, ‘An Island Night’s Entertainment’, The Ladies’ Mirror, 1 May 1925, pp. 59-60 Text: Those who only know the “Movies” in such palatial homes as New Zealand provides may care to hear how we unsophisticated South Sea Islanders keep … Continue reading

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Cocks and Bulls in Caracas

Source: Olga Briceño, Cocks and Bulls in Caracas; how we live in Venezuela (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1945), pp. 126-130 Text: Everyone is curious to know how we amuse ourselves in South America. What, they wonder, do those strange people … Continue reading

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Prospero's Cell

Source: Lawrence Durrell, Prospero’s Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu (London: Faber, 2000 [orig. pub. 1945). pp. 44-52 Text: It is towards the hour of seven that, mellowed by the excellent wine of … Continue reading

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Candles, Carts & Carbolic

Source: Jim Callaghan, Candles, Carts & Carbolic: A Liverpool Childhood Between the Wars (Lancaster: Palatine Books, 2001), pp. 35-36 Text: The Saturday afternoon visit to the pictures was our one and only treat, twopence in the Balcony, penny in the … Continue reading

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What's It All About?

Source: Michael Caine, What’s It All About? (London: Century, 1992), pp. 10-11 Text: When I was a teenager used to read a lot of biographies of actors to see if I had anything common with them, because by now I … Continue reading

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When the Viewing had to Stop

Source: Peter Ackroyd, ‘When the Viewing had to Stop’, in Peter Ackroyd (ed. Thomas Wright), The Collection: Journalism, Reviews, Essays, Short Stories, Lectures (London: Chatto & Windus, 2001), pp. 140-142 [orig. pub. The Spectator, 7 March 1987] Text: There comes … Continue reading

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Village Life in Old China

Source: Cornelius Osgood, Village Life in Old China; a community study of Kao Yao, Yünnan (New York, Ronald Press, 1963), pp. 19-20 Text: A little after nine we set out for the Cosmopolitan cinema in our host’s car. The journey … Continue reading

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