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Brands I'm Happy To Endorse [Aug. 28th, 2010|10:14 am]
Tony Grist
Ruth took us out to lunch at a Chef and Brewer pub. There's a set menu- which seems to hold good across the franchise- but there's more going on in the kitchens than the whipping of pre-prepared platters out of deep freeze and into the microwave. Ruth and I both had rump of lamb. She ordered hers medium rare and I ordered mine well done- and both arrived at the table exactly so. We had mussels for starters- and it was all very good. I'd go again.

We bought a copy of Rose Macaulay's Crewe Train on Amazon, sight unseen and cave emptor. It turned out to be the 1938 Penguin edition. It's not rare or valuable (I've checked) but there's something rather cool about a cheap paperback that's still in readable condition after 72 years.  I also love the look of it.  Alan Lane wanted something clean and unfussy for his new brand- and his scratched-together team came up with a design classic. Apparently the famous logo was achieved by sending an office junior along to London Zoo with a sketchbook.

[User Picture]From: ooxc
2010-08-28 12:44 pm (UTC)
i haven't read Crewe Train, but I loved her letters and quite liked Towers. I never really got on with any of her fiction
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-28 03:40 pm (UTC)
Towers of Trebizond is a favourite of mine. Also The World My Wilderness. I may have read her book on Ruins- I'm not sure....
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[User Picture]From: methodius
2010-08-29 05:34 am (UTC)
I've just started re-reading the Towers of Trebizond.

When I first went to the UK 45 years ago, the Chef & Brewer in Leicester Square was the only place I found that cooked English food decently. Anywhere else in London I went to Indian restaurants for a decent meal. Revisiting in 2005, I was pleased to see pub meals much improved. Perhaps it's the influence of all the cooking shows in TV.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-29 08:20 am (UTC)
I've just started Crewe Train. It's very funny.

I used to eat at the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square, but that was a long long time ago.
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