Page 284. " Moses and Daniel and Elijah "
Finding of Moses by Flavitsky
Public DomainFinding of Moses by Flavitsky

In the Hebrew Bible, Moses was a prophet, religious leader and lawgiver. As a baby, his mother hid him in the bulrushes on the Nile to save him from Pharoah’s soldiers. His basket floated down the river where he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and adopted into the Egyptian royal family.

Years later, when ten plagues were let loose upon Egypt, Moses led an exodus of the Hebrews out of the country and through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai, where he was given the Ten Commandments. The Bible states that Moses lived to age 120.

 

Daniel in the Lions' Den by Rubens
Public DomainDaniel in the Lions' Den by Rubens

According to the Biblical book named after him, Daniel was taken to Babylon at a tender age and trained in the service of the court. He became a famous interpreter of dreams and survived being thrown into a den of lions. Some Christian denominations regard him as a prophet and saint.

 

 Elijah was a Hebrew prophet in the 9th century BC and appears in the Bible and the Qur’an. In the Biblical Book of Kings, Elijah is described raising the dead, bringing forth fire from the sky and ascending to heaven in a whirlwind. This has also led to his position as a folkloric figure, held responsible for summer storms, hail and thunder.
Page 285. " Plato "
Bust of Plato
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBust of Plato - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen

 Plato (427-347 BC) was a Greek philosopher and mathematician, and the founder of the world’s first institute of higher learning, the Academy in Athens. He helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science, along with his mentor Socrates and his student Aristotle. Thirty-six dialogues, including The Symposium, The Republic, and The Laws have been attributed to him.

 

  

Page 292. " They shoot a Brazilian man on the tube thinking he’s a bomber. "

A reference to Jean Charles de Menezes (1978-2005), an innocent Brazilian man shot dead by police at Stockwell Underground station in south-east London on suspicion of being one of the fugitives involved in the previous day’s failed bomb plot. The incident took place only three weeks after the 7/7 London bombings and the public’s nerves were still raw.

The following summer, a corporate criminal prosecution was brought against the Metropolitan Police, who were found guilty and fined in November 2007. In September 2008 an inquest was opened over de Menezes’ death. The jury returned an open verdict in December.