Page 328. " Michael Ramsay "
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Arthur Michael Ramsey (1904-1988) was the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (1961-1974).

An image of those fecund eyebrows

Page 330. " I completed some Bender-Gestalt tests, interpreted a Rorschach blot or two and chatted. "
The first of the ten cards in the Rorschach test
Public DomainThe first of the ten cards in the Rorschach test - Credit: Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922)

The Bender-Gestalt Test is designed to measure 'visual-motor maturity' as well as test for other developmental and neurological disorders. The original test would have involved copying a series of figures onto a blank piece of paper within a prescribed time limit.

The Rorschach test is perhaps better known as the 'Inkblot' test, in which the subject is required to interpret a series of unusual abstract shapes. It can be used as a personality test, to examine emotional functioning as well as to identify any underlying thought disorders.

Page 337. " Linda Snell's voice "
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Lynda Snell is a character in The Archers played by Carole Boyd.

An audio clip of her voice can be found here.

Page 337. " actor Roland Young "
Roland Young in Topper Returns
Public DomainRoland Young in Topper Returns

Roland Young (1887-1953) whose later films included Forever and a Day (1943), And Then There Were None (1945), Bond Street (1948), The Great Lover (1949) and Let's Dance (1950).

Page 342. " To many of you reading this, EMF probably means that Forest of Dean combo whose excellent single 'Unbelievable' had us all foot-tapping five or six years ago "


"Unbelievable" got to number 3 in the UK charts.

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EMF stands for "Epsom Mad Funkers", although in the lyrics this abbreviation takes on a more direct quality:

E! Ecstasy! M! Motherfucker, motherfucker! F! From us to you...



Page 344. " He co-wrote a book about making a garden with the novelist Susan Hill "

Reflections from a Garden is a book simultaneously philosophical, horticultural, literary and practical.

Susan Hill is a prolific novelist. Her latest books include The Man in the Picture  (2007), The Battle for Gullywith  (2008), The Beacon (2008) and The Vows of Silence (2008). She is the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award and a Whitbread Novel Award.


Page 345. " There were pictures of Pol Pot last week, tremblingly enchained: "

Saloth Sar (1928-1998) was the leader of the communist movement in Cambodia. During his staggeringly brutal term as dictator, his attempts to 'cleanse' the nation caused an estimated 1.7 - 2.5 million deaths.  As a consequence of the agrarian collectivization he imposed on the populace, around one fifth of the Cambodian population were wiped out by malnutrition, slave labour, poor medical care and executions. Arguably US foreign policy of the 197os did much to uphold the regime.