Monday, June 20, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - End of Rationing

Twitter Ye Not - End of Rationing

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

At midnight of the 4th July 1954, restrictions on buying fresh meat were finally lifted, ending 14 years of continuous rationing. The Twitter feed from that time reveals the impact of rationing on the British consumer.

I have shown on the one side restaurant critic, television cook, writer, bigamist and 'bon viveur (sic)' Fanny Cradock, holding aloft a roast lamb crown, french-trimmed with chef hats, very 1950s! On the opposite side Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill, cigar in mouth. Winnie wants Fanny's brandy, but sadly her (common-law) husband Johnnie Cradock has pretty much necked the lot. The bottle stands on the floor behind her. Discarded and obsolete ration books litter the floor.

Talking to the very talented Chris Brown I was reminded of the wonderful incident many years ago on Nationwide (70s news & reportage TV show) when FC was making doughnuts live on air. At the end presenter Michael Barrett turned to camera and said "I hope all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's"! Still makes me giggle that...

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