Page 52. " It was the best mole ever "
by cm

European Mole
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEuropean Mole - Credit: Matthias Kabel

Page 54. " otter spraints and tern's eggs and coypu skulls "
by cm
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCoypu - Credit: Philippe Amelant

 Spraints are (very specifically) the faeces of otters, counted by researchers as a proxy for otter numbers.

 Terns are seabirds, similar to gulls.

 Coypus are semiaquatic rodents, similar to beavers.


Coypu Skull
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCoypu Skull - Credit: B0rmann, Wikimedia
Page 57. " which Melchett rather unsportingly chairs himself, he refers to Captain Blackadder in a loud splutter of mad rage as 'the Flanders pigeon-murderer'. "

Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth in the comedy series. Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, it was aired in 1989 and set in the trenches of the 1st World War. It won a BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Award) for best comedy series in the same year.



Page 62. " films like Hue and Cry and Laughter in Paradise "

Hue and Cry (1947) was the first of the Ealing comedies and starred Alastair Sim as Felix H. Wilkinson, a writer of boy's adventure stories. Set in bomb-damaged London, it sees a master crook outwitted by a gang of street boys. Laughter in Paradise (1951) also stars Alastair Sim. When a wealthy practical joker dies, he bequests money to four relatives  on condition that they perform tasks that go contrary to their nature. Hilarious capers ensue.



Page 64. " Stephan Zweig and Gustav Klimt and Arnold Schoenberg "
by cm
The Kiss (detail)
Public DomainThe Kiss (detail) - Credit: Gustav Klimt

 Stephan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian writer best known for his novellas and biographies. He moved to Britain in 1934, following the rise of Nazism, and then to the USA.  He committed suicide in Brazil in 1942, in despair at Europe's self-destructive trajectory.


 Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian painter who specialised in interpretations of the female body.  He is best known now for his painting The Kiss.


 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was an Austrian composer and pioneer of atonality. He too left Austria in 1934, moving to the USA.

Listen on Spotify:  String Quartet No.1     Verklarte Nacht     Gurrelieder