Page 362. " we'll need some kind of Trojan horse "

the Trojan horse which appeared in the movie Troy, now in the town of Çanakkale near Troy.
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alikethe Trojan horse which appeared in the movie Troy, now in the town of Çanakkale near Troy. - Credit: QuartierLatin1968, Flickr
The Trojan Horse was a tale told in Virgil's Latin epic poem The Aeneid. It was the stratagem that finally allowed the Greeks to take over  the city of Troy. After a fruitless 10-year siege of Troy the Greeks built a huge figure of a horse, and a select force of 30 men hid inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the Horse into their city to keep it as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the Horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had secretly sailed back during the night. The Greek army entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.

A "Trojan Horse" has come to mean any trick that causes a target to invite a foe into a securely protected bastion or place.

Page 364. " America and the Asian Steppes "


Nomadic Kyrgyz family on the Golodnaya Steppe (present-day Uzbekistan)
Public DomainNomadic Kyrgyz family on the Golodnaya Steppe (present-day Uzbekistan) - Credit: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky

The Asian Steppe is the Asian part of the Eurasian Steppe. The Asian Steppe itself includes mainly the Mongolian steppes and the Kazakh steppes.

There are two main expanses of the Eurasian Steppe. the western steppe spans from Central Asia to eastern Europe. It was the original home of the Hittites and the Aryans. The eastern steppe, covering the area of present-day Mongolia, was the first home of the Turks, Huns, and the Mongols.


The steppes are grassland plains without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes; the are characterised by a continental and semi-arid climate.

Page 375. " grocers of Croydon "


Croydon Town Hall
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCroydon Town Hall - Credit: Mtiedemann

 Croydon is a major commercial centre in south London; about 15 km south of Charing Cross, it is  located on the natural transport corridor between London and England's south coast. 

Croydon's main shopping street, North End
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCroydon's main shopping street, North End - Credit: Mtiedemann

Croydon expanded during the Middle Ages as a market town and a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing. A commuter town for the City of London, Croydon was amalgamated into Greater London in 1965. Road traffic is now diverted away from a largely pedestrianised town centre, but its main railway station, East Croydon, is still a major hub within the national railway transport system.