The cover stories of this Illustrated London News (1982) are the Pope, and the Falklands. Funny how this weekend’s papers (the ones I get, at least) had pretty damn similar front pages. News, a cyclical thing, etc etc. But if only the house prices of the palatial country piles advertised in these Country Lifes (1971 and ’76) were replicated as well… Reading these reminds one that the past is, indeed, another country; there are some brilliant and quite fantastically unreconstructed ads for cigarettes (remember those?) and cars. Although actually, I suspect Country Life is not exactly the most progressive indication of modernity even today. The icing on the cake of this most amusing bundle (50p from the Chailey jumble sale) is this early ’60s book of photos with utterly surreal and bonkers captions (and bad poetry), which proves that, long before the advent of t’internet, LOLcats, Catsthatlooklikehitler, etc, etc, people liked sharing pictures of cats doing ridiculous things and being posed in undignified positions.