The Earl of Ickenham believed in pouncing. Let him explain the Ickenham System in his own words.

I call it that. Just giving you the bare outlines, you stride up to the subject, grab her by the wrist, clasp her to your bosom and shower burning kisses on her upturned face. You don’t have to say much – just “My mate!” or something of that sort, and, of course, in grabbing by the wrist, don’t behave as if you were handling a delicate piece of china. Grip firmly and waggle her about a bit. It seldom fails …

(Cocktail Time, PG Wodehouse, 1958.)
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A Fanfare for Europe

Margaret Thatcher, with William Whitelaw and Peter Kirk.

In January 1973 Denmark, Ireland and the UK joined the European Union, joining Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The UK electorate were as divided then as they are now, although a largely north European trading bloc doesn’t seem too scary considering what it has now become. Continue reading A Fanfare for Europe