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by Cibator
Mon 22 May, 2017 10:01:44
Forum: General Topics
Topic: A new 'Modern Musketeers' book. 'Blasphemy' ???
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Very interesting! Wonder what the themes that DW wouldn't have tackled might be? That cover is reminiscent of the one on my omnibus edition of M R James ghost stories - the path leading through a sinister-looking forest to .... what?? (And: I don't like to sound too picky, but the incorrect spelling...
by Cibator
Sat 4 Mar, 2017 21:49:32
Forum: They Found Atlantis
Topic: They Found Atlantis
Replies: 16
Views: 17086

Thanks, Charles. Sounds like it never was correct, then! (Although I've a nagging memory of seeing what would have been the proper version somewhere, many years ago.) The overall sense is clear enough of course, but it would have been nice to know how Menes made the jump from mining duties to the in...
by Cibator
Fri 3 Mar, 2017 20:54:49
Forum: They Found Atlantis
Topic: They Found Atlantis
Replies: 16
Views: 17086

I've just been re-reading this book in the Heron edition, and there seems to be an error in the text. On p268, Menes is explaining about the much-disliked obligation to work in the mines: "You can well imagine how loathed and dreaded this twice yearly period of duty in the mines became to our p...
by Cibator
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 06:47:22
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The EU Referendum
Replies: 12
Views: 4608

I get the allusion, Darren. As for Yorkshire independence, I reckon a vote on that would be another Close result, although The Broad Acres should be able to Cope whatever the outcome. (But aren't all these jokes geting a bit Old?) :-D
by Cibator
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 06:41:15
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Mean Caesar - 2 unpublished short stories
Replies: 5
Views: 2943

I don't like to sound a negative note in among all this rejoicing, but I've just noticed .... haven't Bloomsbury spelt DW's middle name incorrectly?
by Cibator
Thu 23 Jun, 2016 06:53:42
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The EU Referendum
Replies: 12
Views: 4608

The EU Referendum

Well ladies and gentlemen: today is a crucial one for the future of the United Kingdom. Please give this matter your most careful consideration, and be sure to vote. Your opinion does count! I think I know which way our favourite author would have jumped, but who knows what the right choice will tur...
by Cibator
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 11:44:01
Forum: Bill For The Use Of A Body
Topic: Bill for the use of a body
Replies: 9
Views: 9803

Hi Steve

No, I wasn't aware of that book, or the inscription (I'd have cited it otherwise). Rather gratifying to find one's speculations confirmed like that!
by Cibator
Tue 14 Jun, 2016 10:20:07
Forum: Bill For The Use Of A Body
Topic: Bill for the use of a body
Replies: 9
Views: 9803

Hi folks Quite some time ago, I said I was going to produce some comments on the above book. It hasn’t happened so far because I was waiting till I’d seen what there was about it in The Devil Is A Gentleman . Since I still (!) haven’t read TDIAG , I’ll just have to go ahead regardless, now t...
by Cibator
Fri 13 Nov, 2015 00:50:12
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Terrific value for money, but ...
Replies: 3
Views: 4675

Darren wrote:And how was the collation, Charles? Was it up to scratch? Does it compare well to The Sword of Fate? :-k

Hope it was as rich and satisfying as the cold one abandoned in Simon's house by Mocata's coven on realising their host had been abducted! (Heron edition, p34) :-D
by Cibator
Fri 13 Nov, 2015 00:42:09
Forum: General Topics
Topic: An improving book!
Replies: 10
Views: 6913

There seem to several ideas as to the origins of that phrase. One I've not seen mentioned is that a dog's testicles are often quite prominent (or "outstanding", in one of the less common senses of that word). Possible confirmation of this comes from an interview with cartoonist Bill Tidy I...
by Cibator
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 22:07:39
Forum: Faked Passports
Topic: Faked passports
Replies: 15
Views: 19661

This reader decided a long time ago, on grounds similar to those of M. Pascal, to back DW's own preferred horses of karma and reincarnation. I"ve conducted myself with those considerations in mind ever since. But one nagging question I've never been able to shake off. Why, at this particular po...
by Cibator
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 21:53:53
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Frederick Frosyth and the Occult
Replies: 2
Views: 2350

Frederick Frosyth and the Occult

An unlikely bracketing, as I'm sure most of you would agree who have read Mr Forsyth's novels, set as they are in a very material world indeed. But on pages 112-13 of his recently published memoir The Outsider , he recounts an episode that has curious parallels to DW's encounter with the clairvoyant...
by Cibator
Mon 17 Aug, 2015 12:09:37
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW in the Summer edition of The Oldie
Replies: 3
Views: 4554

That edition of The Oldie has just made it to NZ, so I bought the issue (as I sometimes do). Good to see DW getting a mention again nowadays, although, as Darren says, there's nothing really new there. And Mr Barber's actually been a bit slipshod with some of his statements. Though it's true DW had ...
by Cibator
Wed 13 May, 2015 10:15:49
Forum: General Topics
Topic: TDRO: Nike Arrighi and her Borghese Connection
Replies: 2
Views: 3793

TDRO: Nike Arrighi and her Borghese Connection

Some of you may already be aware of this, but I wasn't able to find any reference to it on the site. So here we are ... You'll remember the passage in The Devil Rides Out where the Duke tells Rex about the Satanic temple discovered in the Palazzo Borghese in 1895. Well, I've just found out that Nike...
by Cibator
Fri 16 Jan, 2015 19:17:14
Forum: General Topics
Topic: BBC 2 TV 'Mastermind'
Replies: 17
Views: 22647

I take there isn't a similar club in New Zealand. You take it correctly. The show has never been quite such a big deal out here, especially in its final years. Just in case I end up at some point in Wellington Central Library, can you remember which channel Mastermind was shown on, any particular d...

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