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For all of Frasier’s modern trappings – pop-psychology, Zimbabwe latte at the Cafe Nervosa – Dr Crane always seemed out of time, a farceur in search of a drawing room. Or a coffee house, such as the place where a queue-jumper so offended Frasier that he physically removed the miscreant, declaring it “an etiquette lesson”. The public adored his decisiveness, but stricken with doubt, he arranged to meet this victim at the scene of the crime to apologise, only to be threatened with an assault charge. Luckily, effete brother Niles was on hand to goad the villain into a gentle shove. Falling like Thomas Müller in front of a referee, he literally turned (over) the tables. Touché!
In 1959 frustrated, entrepreneurial Liverpool housewife Mona Best sees a TV item on Soho café The 2i’s, the nerve centre of terrible British rock’n’roll. Inspired, she converts the basement of her sprawling home in leafy West Derby into The Casbah Coffee Club, offering live music, hot dogs and espresso coffee.
When scheduled opening act The Les Stewart Quartet fall out over guitarist Ken Brown’s absences spent painting the Casbah, Brown and fellow member George Harrison quit. Mrs Best needs another live act and fast. Harrison reconvenes with his old Quarrymen bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney who eventually become The Beatles. A spot of decorating changed the course of music history.