Possibly the nearest Halfords ever got to practising complementary medicine, these odd little rubber strips with arrows down the middle hung from the rear bumper of your average Volvo estate and dangled on the tarmac, ostensibly to keep junior in the back seat free from travel sickness by leaching out any static electricity from the car’s interior. Needless to say, this bout of holistic blokeishness was based on the same brand of opportunistic cobblers as copper bracelets for rheumatism. Soon after installing them, many a well-meaning but gullible dad was duly shamed by his slightly less daft mates over a swift half, and a mass outbreak of macho embarrassment practically killed off the anti-static strip overnight, although you still see the odd threadbare example clinging for dear life to the back of a decrepit 340E.
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Metroland is at ten o’clock, John Betjeman’s rightly celebrated tribute to the suburbs behind the various stops on the Metropolitan Line, which was warmly nostalgic in 1973 and even more so forty years on. Before that it’s Betjeman’s biographer AN Wilson who pays tribute to the great man by taking a similar journey but a little further afield, exploring the places in Cornwall, Somerset and Oxfordshire that influenced his life and his work.
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