Garum, made from the fermented internal organs of a fish,was used in the ancient world as a cooking sauce, and also a remedy for many ailments.
The London Coliseum, in St Martin's Lane in central London, is the home of the English National Opera.
It was originally built as a variety theatre or music hall.
It is a fitting reminder of a way of life that one thought would last forever; the threepenny (pronounced thrippenny), or thrupenny piece, or bit, was around so many hundreds of years in one form or another that it developed variations in spelling and pronunciation.
The Book of Proverbs, in the Old Testament is a collection of sayings on practical and moral issues.
The rather ugly wooden Accademia Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal near the Accademia Gallery, was built in the 1930s, replacing an 1854 steel structure. It is no. 4 on the map at the back of the book (Afterword p. 7).
St Augustine of Hippo, born in 354 in what is now Algeria, was a Doctor of the Church famous for his enormous influence on Christian theology, especially the doctrine of original sin. (He is not to be confused with St Augustine of Canterbury, sent by Pope Gregory the Great to bring Christianity to Britain.)
The reference to 'a painting first seen with Carlo' is puzzling. There are two paintings by Botticelli entitled: 'St Augustine in his Cell.' One is reproduced here. The other can be seen on the Web Gallery of Art. (Click on the link and choose 'B' at the bottom of the page. Go to p.6 of the Bs, click Botticelli, then choose 'Paintings of religious subject-matter p.1. Scroll down to 'St Augustine.') There is a third painting: 'St Augustine in his Studio'.
However, all three are in Florence.
The calendar of the Roman Catholic Church includes feast days, each celebrating the life of a different saint (or in this case, angel.) The liturgy (prayers, readings etc) of the day is appropriate to the saint in question. The Feast of St Raphael is 24th October. The Gospel reading for that day is John 5 v. 1-4, which describes a pool that intermittently becomes turbulent when disturbed by an 'angel', the turbulence producing healing powers in the water. The story of Tobias also features prominently in the liturgy of that day.
Michaelmas, the feast of St Michael and All Angels, is 29 September. The Monsignore obviously thinks it would be a pity if the two were combined.
Tradition says St Mark, the apostle and writer of St Mark's Gospel, went to Africa, where he founded the Coptic church . He was buried in Alexandria, but in 828 two Venetian merchants stole his remains and took them to Venice, where he replaced St Theodore as the patron saint of that city.The church in question is St Mark's Basilica.
For more information on St Theodore, see bookmark 247.