" he must have been dying, walking along the sea front to Hove, dying "
The scene of Hale's final minutes is a peaceful promenade, leading away from the crowded, garish tourist attractions of central Brighton towards the relative tranquility of
Hove Lawns and the Lagoon.
" she thought someone had turned on the National Programme "
BBC National Programme was a radio station which broadcast up until the beginning of World War 2 in 1939. It covered news and current affairs across the whole of the United Kingdom.
" the leap of the heart when the outsider you have backed passes the post and the colours go bobbing up "
" the negroes were hanging round the public house doors in tight natty suitings "
was fairly commonplace in 1930s Britain, and was seen as a neutral term rather than a slur. However,
was widespread at the time.
The 'tight natty suiting' is most likely to be a
zoot suit, a style of dress that originated in Harlem jazz culture, tapered at the ankles whilst billowing at the cuffs.
" an Edgar Wallace, a Netta Syrett from a second-hand stall, some sheets of music, The Good Companions "
Edgar Wallace was a prolific writer of crime thrillers, Netta Syrett a novelist and avid supporter of the New Woman feminist ideal.
The Good Companions is the story of a travelling music hall troupe, immensely popular amongst the public but not well-received by critics.
" 'Vitriol', the boy said "
Vitriol is the 'household name' for sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive, controlled substance. Acid attacks, also known as
, are a form of violent assault resulting is severe burns to the victim, usually on the face.
" Sherry's? I don't care "
The dance hall was the predecessor of nightclubs and discotheques, and promised live music in a variety of popular styles.
Built in 1919,
Sherry's dominated Brighton nightlife until 1949 when it was turned into a rollerskating rink.