Page 151. " The Church of England "

Anglican Church
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumAnglican Church - Credit: Wendy Attwell (Onelittlething)
The Church of England is England's officially established Christian church. 


Page 151. " the Book of Common Prayer "

The Book of Common Prayer is the common title of various prayer books used in the Church of England.

Page 152. " how Jesus had come out of the closet "

'Coming out of the closet' is a phrase most frequently used to describe a gay man or woman opening up and telling the truth about their sexuality.

In this context it suggests either that Bruno 'came out' as gay/bisexual on finding Jesus, or (more likely) that he was already 'out' as gay/bisexual and put away this side of himself on discovering God (hence giving up his motorbike and it blowing up on the way to gay-friendly Brighton).

Page 152. " on the outskirts of Brighton "

Brighton is a seaside town in England, well-known for its gay population and culture.


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Page 154. " Joan of Arc "

Saint Joan of Arc was a French peasant girl, born in the 1400s, who led the French army to several victories against the English at just 16 years of age. She claimed that God spoke to her and sent her visions, and that her actions were the result of divine guidance.

She was burned at the stake when she was 19 years old, but later declared a martyr. She was canonized in 1920 and is now one of the Patron Saints of France.

Page 157. " He wore a NO ENTRY sign over his bum. "

This (and the  DJ's 'bum jokes') could suggest either that A Touch of Southern Comfort is a gay bar and the DJ is straight, or that the DJ is gay in a mostly straight bar.

Page 159. " Who do I think I am? Sir Launcelot? "

 Sir Launcelot (or Lancelot) is one of the Knights of the Round Table from Arthurian legend. He has come to epitomise the heroic 'knight in shining armour'.

Page 160. " This isn't War and Peace "

War and Peace is a novel of considerable ambition and dimension, by Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

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Page 162. " Let me not to the marriage of true minds "

This is from William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

The full sonnet:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his heighth be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


Page 162. " Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog "
Statue of Dylan Thomas
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 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog is a volume of autobiographical stories by poet Dylan Thomas.

The title is a play on James Joyce's first novel:

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on Book Drum


Page 163. " scrubbing away the last of Miss Havisham "

Miss Haversham
Public DomainMiss Haversham - Credit: Harry Furniss
 Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Jilted on her wedding day, she remains forever trapped in the moment of her heartbreak and humiliation, staying in her fraying wedding dress in her decaying mansion.

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Page 169. " Elgin moved like Fred Astaire "

Fred Astaire was an American film star. Best known for his dancing, he was also an actor, singer and choreographer.



Page 171. " for a brief Samson moment my strength returned "

Public DomainSamson - Credit: Francesco Hayez
 Samson is a biblical figure, endowed by God with great physical strength.