Tag Archives: 1930s

Lowlife Literature: The Gilt Kid

 ‘You still in the racket?’ he asked. ‘You mean am I still in the same game?’ ‘Sure. Use your loaf. What the hell else would I mean?’ ‘Yes. There’s nothing else for it when you’ve once been inside.’   One … Continue reading

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Making Ron Kray

Ron Kray, the reincarnation of Attila the Hun or Genghis Khan? Worshipper of imperial legends: Churchill, Gordon of Khartoum and Lawrence of Arabia. Student of Al Capone, cultivator of gangster-chic: imagine this increasingly corpulent Kray swaddled in a purple dressing-gown … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Bonfire Night

Had Guido Fawkes not been caught in flagrante  on 5 November 1605 – 36 barrels packed with 2,500 kilos of gunpowder in a cellar beneath the House of Lords – the ensuing explosion would have wiped out  those attending the State Opening … Continue reading

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