I have been lucky enough to stumble across this oracle of forward thinking from the magazine 'Housekeeping Monthly' from 13th May 1956 (This is actually a genuine piece of 'educational' literature taught in schools only 30 or so years ago!)

"Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return from work. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up school books, toys, papers etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables. During the colder months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first, remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax. Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Don't greet him with complaints and problems. Don't complain if he's late home for dinner, or even stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange the pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. Once he has had a chance to have his evening meal clear the dishes and wash up promptly. If your husband should offer to help decline his offer as he may feel obliged to repeat this offer and after a long working day he does not need the extra work. Encourage your husband to pursue his hobbies and interests and be supportive without seeming to encroach. If you have any little hobbies yourself try not to bore him speaking of these, as women's interests are often rather trivial compared to men's.

At the end of the evening tidy the home ready for the morning and again think ahead to his breakfast needs. Your husband's breakfast is vital if he is to face the outside world in a positive fashion. Once you have both retired to the bedroom prepare yourself for bed as promptly as possible. Whilst feminine hygiene is of the utmost importance your tired husband does not want to queue for the bathroom as he would have to do for his train. But remember to look your best when going to bed. Try to achieve a look that is welcoming without being obvious. If you need to apply face-cream or hair-rollers wait until he is asleep as this can be shocking to a man last thing at night. When it comes to the possibility of intimate relations with your husband it is important to remember your marriage vows and in particular your commitment to obey him. If he feels that he needs to sleep immediately then so be it. In all things be lead by your husband's wishes, do not pressure him in any way to stimulate intimacy.

Should your husband suggest congress then accede humbly all the while being mindful that a man's satisfaction is more important than a woman's. When he reaches his moment of fulfilment a small moan from yourself is encouraging to him and quite sufficient to indicate any enjoyment that you may have had.

Should your husband suggest any of the more unusual practices be obedient and uncomplaining but register any reluctance by remaining silent. It is likely that your husband will then fall promptly asleep so adjust your clothing, freshen up and apply your night time face and hair care products. You may then set the alarm so that you can arise shortly before him in the morning. This will enable you to have his morning cup of tea ready when he awakes."

Can you believe that!!!

"The Good Old Days" was a British variety entertainment show broadcast by the BBC between 1953 and 1983, making it the longest running light entertainment show in the world.

The show was broadcast from the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds, (one of the best examples of the few Victorian music halls remaining in Britain). In keeping with the Victorian/Edwardian theme of the programme, everyone in the show wore costume - even the audience was decked out in hooped dresses, bustles, hats, shawls, huge sideburns, fob watches and handlebar moustaches. The audience's enthusiasm for wearing costume was due, for the most part, to the fact that free entry was granted to those dressed appropriately. The surfeit of British amateur dramatics societies also played its part.

Although the show featured approximately 2000 entertainers during its 30 year run, the most remembered character on the show is Leonard Sachs, who acted as host/MC for most of the broadcasts. His trademark was the excrutiatingly long-winded manner in which he introduced the acts on stage: Awash with alliteration, his voluminous vocalization would inspire awe in the audience, who would respond with a chorus of ooh's and aah's as Mr. Sachs wound himself up into a frenzied finale culminating with the banging of his gavel and the arrival of the artiste on stage.

Audience participation wasn't limited to wearing period costume, however. They would routinely assist Leonard Sachs in the completion of his tortured testimonial and elongated ennunciation. The audience sometimes joined in with the act on stage and were encouraged to encouraged to sing-along to the final song of the show: "Down at the old Bull and Bush".

Truely a unique programme - No one who saw this piece of British televison heritage will ever forget it - whether this is a good thing or a bad thing I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

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