From Francis and Theo

In March 1982, Francis and Theo visited Switzerland for the four-day Basel Fasnacht or Carnival. During their stay, Francis bought a postcard depicting a masked group marching through the streets of the old city, dressed in striped stockings and brilliantly-coloured smocks, and playing pipes and drums.


On the back of the postcard, Francis dashed off a message:

“This kind of thing goes on and on from 4 in the morning until whenever. By noon, Theo and I had to have 6 cups of coffee, 4 cognacs, and a dozen beers, each…”

before signing the card and posting it to a friend in London.


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