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Cooking and Writing: Jan and Cora Gordon give a return to London party, July 1932

In the Daily Mirror of Saturday 23rd July 1932, there is a paragraph mentioning Jan and Cora Gordon under the header " Cooking and Writing ."  " Is there something of an alliance between the arts of cooking and writing ? Miss Helen Simpson writes novels and broadcasts on cooking, and at the party Jan and Cora Gordon gave to celebrate their settling in London after many years, dishes from many lands were served, all of which they had cooked themselves. And cooked for forty people in a very small space ! Entertainment was provided by the guests themselves and by the playing of strange instruments by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon. " This return to London from Paris i s described in " The London Roundabout " (published 1933).  Over a decade ago, on April 4 th   2010, I was busy with a house move (to Oman from the Netherlands) when a copy of this book arrived in the post. The book is " a roundabout trip of London, where one may catch glimpses of the four quarters

Jan Gordon and the Dazzle Scheme Project, Demobilisation in 1919

Browsing the National Archive, I came across a fascinating record of Jan Gordon 's demobilisation from the WW1  Dazzle Scheme project . It shows notes in six different hands. He was demobilised from the 1st December 1919. The record reads:        Ty Lieut 9-11.17 [Temporary Lieutenant]      9-11-17 President for Special Service (Dazzle Scheme)      Granted technical allowance 5/-0 day      27.3.18 - 11.12.18 to be sent on leave as he becomes available pending demobilisation = 1.2.19.           President for duty with Admiralty Sub Committee Imperial War Museum (To report to D AMS office, 225 Tottenham Court Road) =       Demobilised from 1.12.19.      This officer is not to be demobilised. 2/19 Jan Gordon's demobilisation record The Dazzle Scheme Project inspired numerous articles and books, a recent example being the 2016 book by James Taylor .   Jan Gordon himself wrote about the project shortly after the war in his December 1918 Land & Sea article on The Art of Dazzle Pa