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An Early Christmas Present

Here at BBC Genome we've decided to give you an early Christmas present: the chance to download the 1941 Christmas issue of Radio Times. This slimmer magazine is a poignant reminder of life under World War II, as the Both Sides of the Microphone column on page 2 attests:

"No need to stress the obvious fact that Christmas 1941 will be, in a material sense, only a shadow of the Christmases most of us have known. The family table will not groan as of old under a weight of good fare. There will be vacant chairs at the table, more poignantly vacant on the great day of family festival than on any other day. Nevertheless, it is Christmas, and none can escape it, even if there were any Scrooges still around so foolish as to wish to. Christmas 1941 may be all too different from other Christmases: it will still be different from every other day in 1941."

But we'll let you discover this fascinating historical document by yourself.  Download a PDF version of the 1941 Christmas Radio Times by clicking on this link. It's our way of saying thank you for your loyal following, for sharing your discoveries with us, for helping make BBC Genome a better data source by editing it, and for being so patient with the latest technical problems. We hope you enjoy it!

 (And yes, this would be Advent Calendar Day 19)

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