Isn't it amazing how fast time goes by? Every Saturday The Times carries a list which is headed 'On this day'. Would you believe that it is forty-four years since Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis?
But the big story, the one which makes the headline in the article is that on this day in 1960, in the Central Criminal Court, Lady Chatterley's Lover was considered. Penguin Books had published it and were being prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing an unexpurgated version.
I love the way it says that after the case had been opened it was adjourned until the next Thursday to allow the jury of nine men and three women time to read it. And they had to read it in the jury room at the Court.
Doesn't it all seem old-fashined now, fifty two years later, when anything goes? Was it Kenneth Tynan who was the first person to use the F word on television?
I do remember buying the book and someone telling me that it would automatically open at "the" page. The trouble with all these things is that if you ban something everyone will want to do it/read it or whatever.
On the other hand, I do sometimes feel that we have gone too far the other way now - I wonder - have we degraded the English language somewhat by being able to use the F and C words, as well as many others? Some folk do tend to use them as expletives or even just in the general flow of conversation (Have I got News for You is a good example of this - although I love the programme). I don't recall hearing my father swear at all when I was a child. And when I first met the farmer I remarked that I had never heard him swear - did he ever do so? To which he replied, "Not in front of ladies." - ah the age of chivalry is not dead after all.