Thursday, August 27, 2015
And while I'm on, the 'bottle Thawpit' that Jannie adds to her shopping list in Towards the End of the Morning was a proprietary stain remover - actually carbon tetrachloride, long since banned as highly toxic and possibly carcinogenic, so I hope she used to keep it out of Damian and Gawain's reach.
It appears that the 'Kinahan' that Pooter sends out for when he has a cold was a kind of branded whisky. That explains his chagrin when Sarah comes back with the own-label version for 2/6 (2d back on the bottle) and plonks it on the table in front of his friends.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
It seems that not only was Campbell 'the second master objects to this' Dodgson indeed related to Charles Dodgson, as I half suspected anyway, but also that, 30 years after Babbacombe when he was Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, his chauffeur had a cookery-obsessed son who the world would come to know as Len Deighton. Or to put it another way, Campbell Dodgson's chauffeur was Len Deighton's father.