As Pleased As Punch

“Punch and Judy” is a puppet show that’s as much a symbol of Englishness as are the double-decker bus, the pork pie and Agatha Christie. It’s been a staple of entertainment for kids, for over 350 years, reaching the height of popularity in the Victorian era.

Only, unlike American programs like “The Muppet Show” or “Sesame Street,” it isn’t about cute animals, each with their uniquely endearing characters, but a rascally fellow, whose only vocation is beating his spouse, Judy and members of the constabulary with a baton. The couple would air their bitter exchanges in candy-striped booths in seaside resorts, carnivals, fairs and fetes.

It beats me how a performance about brutality can evoke peals of laughter?

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A Lunar Expedition (In Vintage Colors)

“A Trip to the Moon,” restored in color.

“A Trip to the Moon,” directed by Georges Méliès was a science-fiction masterpiece of its day, when it was released in 1902, in black-and-white and with no sound.

110 years later, in 2012, it was released in Blu-ray after carefully restoring it to its original colors.

The Return Of The Milkman?

The milkman makes his delivery.

From the 1920s until the late 1980s, milk floats were a staple of the British street. They drove up and down the country, depositing glass bottles of fresh milk at doorsteps. Then onward, the polymer milk jugs took over supermarket shelves.

A foil-topped milk bottle from the 1980s that urges British consumers to “buy fresh British milk.”

The old-fashioned glass bottled-milk is making a comeback. Of course, glass bottles are more expensive to make and weigh a lot more and are fragile, but all said, they’re eco-friendly.