Page 76. " He’ll be wanting a little tricycle soon. "

In The Omen, little Damien rides a tricycle indoors, and knocks his mother over a railing, causing her to miscarry.

 

Page 78. " They both read to the child extensively from the Book of Revelation. "

The horses represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Biblical book of Revelation.
Creative Commons AttributionThe horses represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Biblical book of Revelation. - Credit: Rich Man / Rich
 Revelation is the last book of the Bible, written by John of Patmos (who may have been the apostle John).

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.

 

Page 78. " he liked comics and cartoons and his BMX bike "

A BMX bike
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA BMX bike - Credit: Tukka
 BMX is a brand of bicycles used for leisure and sport. 

Page 78. " the British Museum, another refuge for all weary foot soldiers of the Cold War "
British Museum at Night
Creative Commons AttributionBritish Museum at Night - Credit: vintagedept

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.

This map shows the two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1980–the US in blue and the USSR in red.
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThis map shows the two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1980–the US in blue and the USSR in red. - Credit: Chabacano, basado en el trabajo de es:Usuario:Sancebau

 

 

 

Page 79. " I just hope he’ll know how to cope with the hell-hound "
Cerberus, watercolour by William Blake
Public DomainCerberus, watercolour by William Blake - Credit: William Blake

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.

Page 79. " The message had come during The Golden Girls "

      

Page 83. " run by John Maskelyne "

 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.

Page 92. " Did you ever visit Gomorrah? "

Gomorrah, along with Sodom, was a city obliterated by God in retribution for the sins and atrocities of its people.

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah
Public DomainThe Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah - Credit: John Martin
Page 95. " Another One Bites the Dust "

Listen on Spotify:

Another One Bites the Dust

We Are the Champions

I Want To Break Free

Fat-Bottomed Girls

 

Page 99. " And look what you’ve done to poor old Phaeton "
Four-wheeled Phaeton
Public DomainFour-wheeled Phaeton - Credit: GazMan7
The fall of Phaeton, Johann Liss, beginning of 17th century
Public DomainThe fall of Phaeton, Johann Liss, beginning of 17th century - Credit: Johann Liss

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.