Another of the things I did in Edinburgh was to spend evenings glued to Country Life. Formerly Tropical Godpapa has bought a run of late 50s/early 60s Country Lives, and I immersed myself in issues from the year I was born. There was all sorts of interesting stuff, and it did prompt reflections on how things have changed. One respect in which mores have changed considerably is the advertisements for fur — and also advertisements suggesting that rearing chinchillas was a potentially profitable sideline. You could put them in your spare bedroom, which was quite a thought. The advertisements generally were something of a hoot. Decisive men - manly men - men of affairs all, it seems, use Yardley’s talcum powder. The approach could only be described as pathetically blatant. There were, of course, interesting houses and articles about sundials, stained glass, and suchlike topics. Among the more eccentric items was a photograph which took my fancy of arrangements for having a cat flap on the first floor. Think of a very, very, small fire escape. I don’t know why it hasn’t caught on.