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Down to Earth: Beware achieving your fondest dream! By Andrew Crowther
New schoolteacher Jenny Threadneedle has lived for almost as long as she can remember in High Hants, an enclosed idealised Little Britain located in a very, very remote region. Founded by wealthy white English businessmen and Red Top journalists, aghast by immigration and climate catastrophe, life in High Hants is just perfect – unless you ask questions, or begin to doubt this “1950s paradise” is as wonderful as claimed. A dystopian satire of tiny minds and limited outlook. Is it possible to escape and live a life more Down to Earth?
The Great Billy Butlin Race: The First and Only Footrace from John O’Groats to Land’s End By Robin Richard
In 1960, Britain was swept by a craze for marathon walking, embodied by an eccentric 56-year-old Russian woman: motorcycle champion, former Leningrad death row inmate, radical dietician Dr Barbara Moore. She made ever-longer treks living on a meagre diet of fruit, nuts and honey. Keen to exploit this new fad, holiday camp millionaire Billy Butlin organised the first and indeed only walking/running race from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Despite opposition, 715 racers started off, with the hardiest captivating the nation during that drab winter. It is a fascinating and quirky story of daring, entrepreneurship, and good old ‘British pluck’: a story that deserves re-telling for the modern audience.