MM points out that “Our Mrs of” is a popular variant on the web (289 ghits), although still not quite as popular as “Our Lady of” (7,360,000 ghits). “Our mistress of” doesn’t sound quite as strange to native readers of dismal Tolkien epigonism, but let’s use the net to promote “Our Mrs of”, “Jesus Christ Our Guv”, and so forth.
- Church of England converts sinner!
Huge empty East End church by a Wren assistant, burnt in 1850 but apparently un-Blitzed. Nice index from 19th century clock and other curiosities. Can’t spell Betjeman. Sunday evening service: a short dozen adults & half a dozen bored infants seating under the crossing facing south (Mandela, the new Jesus Christ?) with rector & PA …
- Brown hands Mandelson Keys of Heaven
But perhaps Mandy should read Matthew before taking it as a compliment.
- 15th International Brigade
I first came across their memory in a squat listening to Christy Moore’s song, Viva la quinte brigada, on the Ride on album. Here (via El bibliómano and JM Collado, who appears to have copied a whole load of the archive without adding anything of interest) is a collection of photos. Paradoxically, none of the men mentioned in …
- Barcelona double agent’s difficulties with pounds, shillings and pence
He claimed to be travelling around Britain and submitted his travel expenses based on fares listed in a British railway guide. A slight difficulty was that he did not understand the pre-decimal system of currency used in Britain, expressed in pounds, shillings and pence. He was unable to make sense of the British monetary system, …