‘How often you meet folks whose voices delight you!’ chimes the opening line of 1940s instructional illustrated booklet How To Make Friends by Telephone. We love how painfully obvious the advice is, right down to tips like ‘Be sure of the number. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s best to look it up or you may get a wrong number, which irritates you and the person you call by mistake.’ It’s an entertaining read all right.
For anyone travelling with young kids, the thought of a plane trip — particularly an international one — can induce heart palpitations. The very idea of enduring a public meltdown in a cramped space 30,000 feet above the ground, while other passengers ‘humpf’ and deliver pointed stares, is enough to send any parent into a state of sleep-deprived anxiety.