Well, it’s chilly for us as temperatures look like they’ll plummet to below -8 in the coming days. For those of you in parts of the USA and Canada this will seem to be hardly a big deal. But here in England anything under 0 degrees C is catastrophic! Everything stops and we suddenly lurch back in to the 1950’s.

Nonetheless pulses are quickening as the eyes (and the camera lenses) of the world finalise the their plans for the wedding on Saturday 19th May 2018- of the 33 years old Prince Henry Charles Albert David Windsor (that’s Prince Harry to the rest of us), 5th in line to the throne, and the 36-year old American Rachel Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor castle, 25 miles from central London. Come rain or shine, we wish them all the best!

On the subject of royal weddings, Prince Harry’s 27-year old cousin Princess Eugenie has recently announced that she’ll be getting married to Jack Brooksbank on Friday October 12th, also at St. George’s Chapel Windsor . With two weddings and a rotal birth to look forward to in March or April – William and Kate’s 3rd child – fans of the Royal family have plenty to think about.

Among this month’s non-royal news is the placing on the market of  house that’s skinnier than a London tube train in the London district of Battersea ( for a cool 1 million pounds…) close to the recently opened new US Embassy. One at a time now…

In 1953 rations for candy were abolished! Only a few months later, Everest was to be summited by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay just a couple of days prior to the coronation of our Queen. Rationing for candy (‘sweets’) was introduced in 1940, with a 200g weekly allowance for everyone over the age of 5 – enough for a couple of wrapped sweets a day. many adults handed over their rations to little ones so that they would enjoy more sweets. You would have thought that with the ending of the war in 1945, rationing would cease. Not so! The government kept up the squeeze on rations to boost exports until the 1950’s, meaning that everyone that was a teengare during the Swinging Sixties has a clear memory of standing in line wih their ration books hoping to be lucky enough to buy a few sweets.

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