Day 11 – The Rudiments of Wisdom

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The Magic of Cabaret - Day 11The Rudiments of Wisdom by Tim Hunkin. An A to Z of random, peculiar and fascinating facts.

Re-discovered and revived in Technicolor, this new title features Tim Hunkin’s entertaining and off-the-wall series of cartoons originally appeared in “The Sunday Observer” magazine between 1973 and 1987.

How does hypnosis work? What is chocolate made of? And what do crocodiles eat for lunch? Think of a question, any question and you’ll probably find the answer here.. Squeezed into each intricately drawn comic strip is a wealth of weird and wonderful information, as well as crazy tricks and practical experiments. With over 125 comic strips in total, “The Rudiments of Wisdom” is back to delight and entertain a whole new generation of enquiring minds. Whether you immerse yourself from A-Z or dip in and out, you’re sure to emerge with some amazing, crazy and fascinating facts to wow your friends.

The Rudiments of Wisdom

Almost Everything There is to Know
We used to sell plenty of copies of the original green cover, black and white version of this book, which many of you probably still have. (You may even have your old clippings from the Sunday Observer..)
This evening, for old times sake, we have one copy of this old edition to give away, just leave a comment on this blog post and we will pick a winner on Tuesday evening.
Tim Hunkins coin operated machines, such as the Barman pictured, were incredibly popular at Cabaret in Covent Garden, and most of them can still be seen on Southwold pier at The Under the Pier Show.

The Barman by Tim Hunkin

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  1. Marion Obar says:

    What a wonderful prize. I miss the Covent Garden gallery and hope you will find a new permanent site in London (nothing against Southwold mind you…)

  2. Phil Knighton says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


    Phil Knighton

  3. David Gibbs says:

    What a great Christmas present for myself! Thought Tim Hunkins the secret life of the fax machine was wonderful. As for under the pier show at Southwold, the automata are great, but just as good is seeing the operatives nearly wetting themselves at the outcome.

  4. Terry Mann says:

    Would love the book please. Saw the automata both at the old Covent Garden shop and at Southwold pier. Thought the Covent Garden place was the best thing they ever had there – stuff the crap string quartets they have now (and me a composer…)

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