Jessica Gardner


Recalling her 1950s primary school teacher, her 'Queen Mary dresses tautly upheld by a Britannia bosom' as she directed Empire Day celebrations every June, Angela Carter delighted in being able to observe by 1971 that her teacher's 'chickens' had 'come home to roost'. By then, she recorded, you could buy: Greek cheese; yams; Indian mirror cloth, dried fish; black-eyed peas; West African printed cotton sold in twelve-yard lengths, sufficient to make a robe; olives in all sizes and colours; every kind of Pakistani sweetmeat; reggae records; hi-life records; canned bamboo shoots; goat; and once I went through the market and did not see a single banana which was neither green or black.



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