"Denis Beckwith, a handsome old saurian of the right enjoying fresh acclaim these days, had hired Kiri te Kanawa"

Sauria is the name given to the sub-group of reptiles to which the lizards belong.

Crocodiles and extinct dinosaurs were also at one time classified as saurians.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is a soprano who has had an enormously successful career as an opera singer. She was born in 1944 on New Zealand's North Island and is of Māori and European descent.