Apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa, which sparked international outrage. In 1990, when Good Omens was published, South Africa was just beginning to emerge from this dark era, memorably with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.
“Apartheid” literally means “separateness” in Afrikaans.
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Sable means black.
Charles Fort (1874-1932) was an American writer and researcher. His work and research was primarily concerned with anomalous phenomena and the terms ‘Fortean’ and ‘Forteana’ are still used to describe anomalous phenomena.
The Mary Celeste was an American ship found in the Atlantic Ocean in 1872, under full sail, but with no trace of the crew on board.
The Bermuda Triangle has long been a hotbed of conspiracy theories and paranormal mysteries. Many ships and planes have supposedly been lost here, along with the crew of the Mary Celeste.
Atlantis is the name of the legendary Greek island that sank into the sea. The island was first mentioned in Plato’s Timaeus and Critias.
David Attenborough (1926- ) is a renowned presenter of natural history television programmes. Evidently his authority on matters scientific holds weight with the Them (or at least Wensleydale).
The ‘Hollow Earth’ hypothesis has been dismissed by scientists since the 18th century, but it persists in folklore and conspiracy theories.