Decorative rather than useful
The ingenuity of Christmas gifts has inspired Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht. He has invented the perfect gift for anyone who knows what he doesn't want. It is described in an advertisement as an oblong wooden peg which props up a built-in sieve. The angle of the sieve makes it possible to sift things sideways, so that what falls through goes into a bucket clamped vertically to the wall.
For The Discerning
You can always pick out the girl who drinks Snibbonac, the Sparkling British Brandy. She has poise and charm, and is always seen about town with top people. Snibbonac is non-alcoholic and is prepared from a secret recipe in our laboratories by trained chemists. It cures insomnia, coughs, bandy legs, nerve-strain, freckles on the soles of the feet, baldness, and blushing. It can be used to remove grease-stains from felt hats. It is an All Purpose Drink.
Anthology of Huntingdonshire Cabmen
It can hardly be claimed for the newly published Anthology of Huntingdonshire Cabmen that it is, in the words of an over-enthusiastic critic, 'a masterpiece of imaginative literature'. The Anthology consists of the more striking names (with initials) from each of the three volumes. It is a factual and unemphatic work, and the compiler has skinned the cream from the lists. Here are such old favourites as Whackfast, E.W., Fodge, S., and Nurthers, P.L. The index is accurate, and the introduction by Cabman Skinner is brief and workmanlike.
Short Interval For Fun
'Fancy that', said the man who handed a rhinoceros to the pigeon fancier.