In The Omen, little Damien rides a tricycle indoors, and knocks his mother over a railing, causing her to miscarry.
It is also called Apocalypse and concerns God’s last intervention in human affairs. The book is rich in symbolic imagery, much of which can be found in Good Omens.
Located in Bloomsbury, central London, the British Museum was founded in 1753 and is the national museum of antiquities.
The Cold War was a period of political and military tension between the Soviet Union and the West, lasting from the end of World War II until 1991. KGB, CIA and MI6 spies (the "foot soldiers of the Cold War") were said to meet discreetly at the British Museum.
The Hell-hound is a supernatural dog of hell. Folklore and fiction attribute it with special abilities, such as great speed or strength. Hell-hounds are said to guard the entrance to the Underworld, most famously Cerberus in Greek mythology.
A hell-hound features in The Omen, hypnotising Damien's first nanny and causing her to hang herself.
John Maskelyne (1839 - 1917) was an English stage magician and inventor. Many of his illusions are still performed today, by magicians rather more adept than Aziraphale.
Gomorrah, along with Sodom, was a city obliterated by God in retribution for the sins and atrocities of its people.
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In Greek mythology, Phaeton was the son of Helios. Phaeton was allowed to drive his father’s sun chariot across the sky, but lost control and was killed by Zeus before the chariot set the Earth on fire.
Phaeton is also the name for a style of carriage, typically with four large wheels.