The traditional besom had two uses, at least in the hands of a witch. She could use it to sweep the dirt floor of her hovel or she could fly on it over the mountains to meetings of her coven. It is difficult to imagine the besom’s more hi-tech and efficient successor, the vacuum cleaner,…

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The ostentatious limousine pulls up and out steps the starlet. As the cameras flash, she flashes her smile and diamonds and slowly walks towards the cinema for the premiere of her latest movie. Every inch of the way she is on show. This moment has taken hours of preparation, with her stylist, publicists and hairdressers…

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