Saturday, April 07, 2007
They don't make them like this anymore
Today I picked up this October 1973 issue of 'Look and Learn' at the Bourne Mill antiques and bric-a-brac market near Farnham. As well as "another in our series about strange disappearances"; in this case the 9th Legion's absence from the historical record once they wandered past Hadrian's Wall, we have articles about 'the secret signs of the Romanies', cartoon versions of Spartacus and the Trials of Sir Isumbras, a cheery, upbeat guide to the Isle of Man, and the derring-do of "Eagles over the Western Front", wherein a foolish young aviator challenges Baron Manfred von Richtofen himself to an aerial duel. I don't remember reading 'Look and Learn' when i was a kid but it is very charming, and I wonder if there's anything similar today.