Sunday, October 21, 2007

Thomas Bartram - oldest mag editor in world?

I think I may have found the oldest magazine editor in the world: aficionados of The Guinness Book of Records may want to correct me. The person in question is Thomas Bartram who turned 95 this July, editor of a quarterly publication called Grace which he founded in 1960. It's a Christian/natural health periodical, based in Dorset, England, is glossily produced, and well-written, even if what is written varies from kindly-cranky to Reader's Digest-style homily. In the Autumn 2007 issue Mr Bartram tells us that the world of quantum physics "is the world of spiritualism" - attempts to harness the "secret force" of nature to solve global energy problems are on a collision course with the "area of extra-sensory perception". He then goes onto to damn all sorts of "pagan" practices - from reflexology to channelling. If you want to know what does meet with his approval then dip in to the back of the mag for lists of publications he's written: his Bartram's Encylopedia of Herbal Medicine looks most interesting and retails at £13.50. Too see Mr B for yourself click here - a sprightly advert for his health philosophy. Alas, I fear that if he visits Madame Arcati he may keel over and cease to be the world's oldest magazine editor.

7 comments:

SUSAN said...

Now I have heard of many things being described, rightly or wrongly, as satanic but REFLEXOLOGY ????

Anonymous said...

Totally unrelated to this post, but did you enjoy your duck last night, dear?

Madame Arcati said...

Yes, thank you for asking, though the duck took a dim view. I trust that Sooter didn't chew your elbow on your return.

The Daughter-of-a-Bitch said...

"Alas, I fear that if he visits Madame Arcati he may keel over and cease to be the world's oldest magazine editor."

1. There's no particular reason why he should visit Arcati.
2. Even if he did, he would just risk to die of boredom.
3. He still would be the world's oldest magazine editor until another one reaches and goes past his respectable age. Duh!

Madame Arcati said...

Bitch, this comment is a barrel scrape even by your poor standards.

1. There is no particular reason why you should visit Arcati, but here you are, plainly fascinated.

2. You've been visiting this site for several months now, but here you are, undead from boredom.

3. If he died he would no longer be the world's oldest magazine editor. He'd be the world's oldest DEAD mag editor. Duh!

The Daughter-of-a-Bitch said...

"1. There is no particular reason why you should visit Arcati, but here you are, plainly fascinated."

If you were a true clairvoyant, it would occur to you that my particular reason for visiting Arcati regularly (among many other crappy blogs) is not because I love it, but because it's my, say, job. A disappointing job, more often than not, but it will soon be over, I hope.

Madame Arcati said...

It's a job you elect to do, my sweet, and since it remunerates you nought, you must be doing it for love. Either that or you are of a masochistic inclination, enjoying the lash of my whip on your scrawny back. You have what I call a self-lubricating sense of pain.