19th August 2016 : Page 1

The Lady August 19, 2016 00:00

In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
Even those who are committed followers of
the ‘can’t cook, won’t cook’ school of kitchen
philosophy are drawn to the tense drama and
decorative icing liberally served up each week
on The Great British Bake Off – and the new
series promises to be just as addictive. How long will it take for
Paul Hollywood’s icy stare to crack? Whose sponge will sink and
what hysterical bon mots will
Mary Berry serve up this year?
What we do know, as Mary tells
us this week, is that she will be
watching the size of her cake slices
and keeping Paul in check.
I don’t believe that Rafe Spall realised how much ‘keeping in
check’ he would be expected to do when he took on the role of
Captain Flint for the new Swallows And Amazons film. I adored
the 1974 original big-screen version, but Rafe assures us that
this one is remarkable in its own unique way. But be warned, it
is goodbye Titty and hello Tatty, a decision made less to do with
our fragile sensibilities and more to do with children using the
internet to google the names of their favourite characters.
Thankfully the internet doesn’t feature in our classic,
old-fashioned whodunnit serialisation, Calamity In Kent.
We’re on chapter three this week and if you haven’t started
reading already, I urge you to put your feet up and catch up.
Sam Taylor, Editor

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