Victorian Gammon

I know that I’ve written about Dickens a few times now – my first ever post was about the dinosaur at the start of Bleak House – but, well, posts about his work pretty much write themselves. I’ve talked specifically about Nicholas Nickleby before, and I still maintain that the bit about The United MetropolitanContinue reading “Victorian Gammon”

Inspiration for Ice and Fire

I’m a big fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, the epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, and I hope the next one will be released soon. There has been (and continues to be) a lot of discussion about influences and I have two more ideas to throw into theContinue reading “Inspiration for Ice and Fire”

The United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company

Why the very name will get the shares up to a premium in ten days. In fairness, it does sound good. Dickens tends to come up with a great idea, talk about it for a page or two, then never mention it again. This is perhaps the best example – even if you never readContinue reading “The United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company”

Dinosaurs in Dickens

The first few sentences of Bleak House go like this: London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth[…] So far, so Dickens, right? But then heContinue reading “Dinosaurs in Dickens”

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