Dreaming of Esther Rantzen

That is a very naughty headline.

Vegetables on display at Marylebone Library for World Food DayThe vegetables on the table were there to mark World Food Day, and there was really nothing comical about them. It’s just that an ignoramus of a certain age (me) couldn’t help being reminded of That’s Life, the TV show compered for 20 years by Esther Rantzen, which juggled serious journalism with nobbly veg and odd odes.

Checking if smoking is affecting your health, at Marylebone LibraryThe main emphasis of Marylebone Library’s health event (Thursday 17 October) was on smoking awareness. A chap from Central London Community Healthcare invited people to blow into his device. Not to catch out the early drinkers, you understand – this device would indicate whether your breathing was being affected by smoking, including passive smoking. If your smoking was of the active rather than passive variety, there was help on offer to quit.

No vegetables were injured during this event – unless you count the fact that they were divvied out afterwards, to appear later on the plates of several grateful recipients.

[David]

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