Page 159. " then took a walk to Tankerton "

Tankerton beach huts
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTankerton beach huts - Credit: Mark Anderson, Wikimedia Commons
 Tankerton, once known as Tankerton-on-Sea, is a suburb of Whitstable in Kent.

The wooden huts on its beach have been known to exchange hands for as much as £75,000.

Page 163. " the Illustrated Police News "

The Oscar Wilde trial, reported in the Illustrated Police News, May, 1895
Public DomainThe Oscar Wilde trial, reported in the Illustrated Police News, May, 1895 - Credit: unknown
 The Illustrated Police News, first published in 1864, was a weekly newspaper.

It featured reports of grisly murders and hangings, and may be seen as the successor to the 18th Century execution broadsheets, as well as the forerunner of the more sensational 20th Century tabloids.

Publication ceased in 1938.

Page 163. " Father's Fish Trades Gazette "

'The Fishwife' by Ostade
Public Domain'The Fishwife' by Ostade - Credit: Adriaen van Ostade
Information available on the internet indicates that the Fish Trades Gazette was in existence as early as 1883, and as recently as 1973.

Does anybody have more information?

Page 163. " I had strolled as far as Seasalter and back "

Seasalter is a coastal village in Kent, situated between Whitstable and Faversham.


Seasalter beach, Kent
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Page 163. " I took the train to Canterbury "
Canterbury Cathedral
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Canterbury is a city in Kent, situated on the River Stour.

It is the site of an ancient cathedral, a modern university (the University of Kent), and what is probably the oldest school in England, the King's School.


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Page 164. " 'I read the Era, don't I? "

The Era was a weekly British newspaper, first published in 1838, which specialised in sport and theatrical news.

It ceased publication in 1939.

Page 173. " Didn't she tell you that I fuck her? "
Saying 'fuck off' to social networking!
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Economist cover
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Many people will associate the use of the word fuck with the 1960s and 1970s, when it became one of the most common slang words for sex (a fuck), to have sex (to fuck), and as a general term of exasperation, surprise or anger (Oh, fuck! Fuck me! Fuck off/you!).

Various forms of the verb and noun are used in current English:  fucked (cheated: as in, I was fucked by a conman); fucking (extremely: as in, fucking stupid); fucked up (messed up, or broken); fucking about (messing about).

The origins of the word are much disputed. In dialects of Norwegian and Swedish, the words fukka  and fokka mean to copulate, suggesting a Scandinavian influence. However, it has also been suggested that it may be linked to the Middle English, German and Dutch words for to strike: fucken, ficken and fokken.

Clearly, the jury is still out!

Whether or not fuck was used in Victorian times, in the way Nan uses it, is not clear. It does not appear in the dictionary of Victorian sexual slang, and there has been some reticence about its inclusion in dictionaries; it did not, for example, appear in the Oxford English Dictionary until 1972.

Page 174. " I had reached Stoke Newington "

Stoke Newington is an area of North London, situated in the Borough of Hackney.


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Page 174. " the long straight road that led to Dalston, Shoreditch and the City "

This is now the A10, which in its entirety runs from London Bridge to Kings Lynn in Norfolk. It is known in parts as the Great Cambridge Road and the Old North Road, and partly follows the route of the old Roman road known as Ermine Street.

Within London, its route includes Tottenham High Road, Stamford Hill High Road, Stoke Newington High Street, Kingsland High Street, Shoreditch High Street and Bishopsgate.


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