Marvelous Market, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, is being totally marvelous (that's 'marvellous' in Brit-English). They have a wonderful display - of Marmite and the book. And a great sign explaining that I'm a local resident and pointing out, to those who have no clue what it is all about, that the book is a 'primer' for those attempting to brush-up on their anglophile tendencies. Seth, the owner of MM, has valiantly tried the black-goo - to test the 'horror' he's inflicting on unsuspecting customers - but so far, is not a covert. Good for him that his personal experience has not put him off supporting me!
Rex Aldred bills himself as a "craftsman artist." He's a talented painter, photographer and potter with ideas that, when translated artistically, invariably end up with a distinctively off-the-wall but charming look. Like his latest venture: three-sided plates and dishes. Suffolk born, he worked - while raising two daughters as a single parent - as a BT engineer. When they were grown he quit work to walk from Ipswich round the coast of Britain. He got as far as Whitby, fell in love with the historic fishing town -- as well as his now wife Mo -- and stopped his journey.