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The Locked-Room Lecture
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Two coffins of the way through The Three Coffins(aka The Hollow Man) the author, John Dickson Carr, breaks into the narrative through the words of his serial detective Dr Gideon Fell. Fell responds to a question:
“Because … we’re in[…]

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Chocolate Filled Fruit : Om Nom Nom Ugh
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Quick eyeball – saw in my own shop Fruit Tella Choc Filled. Ugh I thought. Who wants the tasty fruit flavoured chew with a completely unwarranted burst of what is almost certainly some sort of chocolate flavoured glucose syrup centre? No-one, t[…]

Westminster privy information on the loos
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Pedestrians in Wetminster, sorry, Westminster, who need to make a branch may text the word “toilet” to 80097 and get directions to the nearest public convenience for 25p.
The Register reports that the system was designed by a student name[…]

urban bumpkin lore: roots and sources
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there is plenty more to say about this useful particle of lollardry but to kick things off
i. sarah seemed to saying the word BUMPKIN derived from a comical mispronunciation of the word LOCAL — which is awesome ambitious as mispronunciations go[…]

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More Songs About Volleyball and Food
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Following on from last night’s volleyballpop discussion on Lollards, I thought I’d do a quick post as a follow up with some links to the other songs I mentioned! Doing the theme tune to volleyball championships seems to be quite lucrative[…]

Lollards Visual Aids: Angry Cartographers
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For those of you baffled by my less than entirely clear descriptions on tonight’s Lollards Of Pop, here are some handy links to some of the map projections mentioned in the programme:
Standard Mercator
Americentric Mercator
Peters
Goode Homolos[…]

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 2, Week 3
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Toby Keith is The Angry American. Arno Peters is a lyingmisleading swine (and German), the size of Brazil, the world in the shape of a heart. The sound of rattling pots and pans “Dude, this is Resonance”. Tanya targets the murderer Richard Marx. Sporting National Anthems. The amazing Hey Say Jump’s World Volleyball Championship Theme. The role of bumpkins, poachers and yokels.

Thoughts On The Hobbit
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For the past few months I’ve been reading The Hobbit aloud to my wife – it’s relaxing for both of us and good practise for future readings to a probably more restless audience. I think it’s the first time I’ve read the b[…]

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Whodiddit?
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The seeds of the detective fiction genre were planted with Poe’s 1841 publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue, but it was The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868) that introduced many of the now classic features of the genre – viz &#82[…]

Pop Open Week 14.1
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No revealing in comments! No theme either – just enjoy the anonymised pop…[…]

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