British Pathé have uploaded their entire catalogue to YouTube. If you have a decade or so to fritter away, dip in and have a look. You can search for archive footage from your home town.
One thing that caught my eye was an extract from a promotional film called ‘Come to London!’, made in 1966. It’s a charming film – lots of people self-consciously aware of the camera (watch out for the couple approaching the bar). There’s a clip of a pub full of journalists and an actor in Fleet Street. One thing that struck me is how little some things have changed in the PR trade. Watch the sequence with Britt Ekland, Peter Sellers and the birthday cake. You’ll see what I mean.