Amazing things about Tuesday, December 9:
» The first public executions at Newgate Prison took place in 1783. No doubt if they were still around today, Davina McCall would be presenting, and we'd be able to vote who to hang each week.
» A cookery demonstration was televised for the first time by the BBC in 1936. We hear it involved the actual instruction of how to make a meal, rather than hyperactive "celebrity" chefs twatting about in front of the cameras.
» The first episode of Coronation Street was screened on ITV in 1960, having been inspired by writer Tony Warren's view across Salford from his office window. And what can be seen from that window in 2003? Single parents! Transexuals! A confused gay! (much more exciting, in our opinion)
» Neil Hamilton admitted to an error of judgement in not declaring his retainer fee from a tobacco company in 1999. He later appeared in stockings and stillettos to appear in The Rocky Horror Show, showing just how much his judgement has improved since.
» Festive fact: The Santa Special train in Cumbria derailed on this day in 2000. Fortunately, the miniature model was only doing five miles per hour at the time.
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According to Marxist theory, cultural forms such as opera, classical music and the literary works of Shakespeare all fall under the heading of high culture. Low culture refers to a wide variety of cultural themes that are characterised by their consumption by the masses.
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