Page 828. " blaring out 'God Save the Queen' "

God Save The Queen is the national anthem of the United Kingdom and is also the royal anthem of several Commonwealth nations including Australia and Canada.  There are several different versions of the lyrics.  Usually only the first verse is sung, as follows:

God save our gracious Queen

Long live our noble Queen

God save the Queen

Send her victorious

Happy and glorious

Long to reign over us

God save the Queen.

Page 845. " The last resting place of Barbur "

Babur's tomb
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBabur's tomb - Credit: Slap882
The first Mughal emperor, Babur, gave orders for a garden to be built in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1528.  The garden was called Bagh-e Babur and Babur himself was buried there.  His tomb bears the inscription "if there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this!".


Page 849. " the Black Curse of Shielygh "
Rudyard Kipling
Public DomainRudyard Kipling - Credit: Liberal Freemason

The Black Curse of Shielygh is referred to in The Courting of Dinah Shadd in Life's Handicap, a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Page 850. " fakir here in the city "

Fakir on a bed of nails
Public DomainFakir on a bed of nails - Credit: Herbert Ponting

A fakir is a Sufi (practitioner of the mystical dimension of Islam) although the term is also sometimes applied to Hindu Yogis.  The common portrayal of the fakir is someone who can walk barefoot on hot coals, sleep on a bed of nails, or levitate during meditation.