Feeding the famous pigeons has long been a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, however, the birds are now thought to damage the historic buildings, and attempts have been made to ban them.
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He passed his company on to a four-man partnership which included his son, William Emden. The partnership ran an architectural practice, situated on the Strand in London, under the name of Emden, Egan & Co.
Country Life is a British weekly magazine, established in 1897. It focuses on issues of interest to rural landowners and communities.
One of the magazine's traditions is to publish a picture of an upper-class young woman on its frontispiece (the page preceding its contents page), a section often referred to as Girls in Pearls.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married Prince Albert of York and later became the Queen Mother, appeared frequently on its front cover.
Although The Georgian Society does not appear to have existed, a body known as The Georgian Group was founded in 1937.
It is still in existence today; its objective being to preserve and protect Georgian* monuments, buildings and landscapes.
* belonging to the period of the four King Georges who ruled Britain between 1714 and 1830
Although there does not appear to have been a Savoy-Carlton hotel in New York, there were Ritz-Carlton* hotels in existence there (on Madison Avenue and 54th Street) some time between 1927 and 1940.
*There is a different Ritz-Carlton Hotel currently in existence in the Central Park area of New York
Today, the Tatler is a monthly magazine which focuses on the lives of the glamorous upper classes.
The original Tatler, which reported news and gossip from the London coffeehouses, was founded in 1709. It has existed in various forms since that time.
In the period referred to in Brideshead Revisited, the Tatler offered articles on fashion and reports of high society social events.
Assyria was a kingdom in Mesopotamia whose rulers managed to establish several empires during the pre-Christian period.
Art work produced during the later stages of the Assyrian civilisation (1500BC-612BC) includes carved stone relief work, often depicting animals; lions and horses were particularly popular choices of subject.
La Gioconda is another name for the Mona Lisa, a painting by the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, and one of the most famous works of art in the world.
It is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, under the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.
Captain Foulenough was a fictional character who featured in the popular Daily Express column By the Way which ran from 1919 to 1975.
Having been educated at Narkover school (which specialised in card-playing, horse racing and bribery), Captain Foulenough had a penchant for gate-crashing upper-class social events, which he then proceeded to wreck.
The column had many different authors over the course of its 56 years, some of whom used the nom de plume Beachcomber.
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional character who made his debut in a 1929 American comic strip, Thimble Theatre.
He subsequently appeared in numerous comic strips, animated films, advertisements, television shows and video games.
One of his most notable characteristics is his superhuman strength, acquired by eating spinach.
In the famous 'heath scene', King Lear rushes out into a storm to rail against two of his daughters, Goneril and Regan, whose ungrateful behaviour has enraged him.
The Duchess is a young widow whose remarriage is opposed by members of her family. In Act IV, Scene 2, just prior to being murdered, the Duchess is taunted by madmen.
From King Lear (Act III, Scene 2):
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks*!
*weathercocks, also known as weathervanes, are instruments for showing the direction of the wind; they are often placed on church steeples, and are commonly in the form of a cockerel.
The three characters from Shakespeare's King Lear who are present in the 'heath scene':
King Lear, who descends into madness during the course of the play;
The Earl of Kent, a character sympathetic to King Lear, who is disguised as Caius throughout most of the play;
The Fool, a supposed simpleton who, like most of Shakespeare's 'fools', is actually extremely astute.