Full marks to the ladies who came out of a Covent Garden club, spotted a binman practising his trade, hopped into his cab, and, when he returned, said, “Can you take us home?” They were going to Ealing, and he was Chiswick-bound, so a deal was struck, though what with everything it took three hours to reach their destination. Halfway along they passed a 24*7 and icecreams were consumed, some of which stayed down.
I thought GPS vehicle tracking and Stalinist managerialism had terminated this basic human right.
- Victorian paternalism
We already knew from a footnote in Marx’s Capital that the Scottish industrialist Peter Fairbairn, who based his life and business in Leeds and was city mayor, “discovered several very important applications of machinery to the construction of machines as a result of strikes in his own factory.” Now Oxford has digitised a number of interesting old journals (thanks, Language Hat), including The Builder (not, unfortunately, a collection of Victorian bumshots) which tells us in Vol 10, Jan 1852, p 30 the following:
- Rabbit rabbit
Emphatically not a rodent; possibly Herb Alpert’s true muse.
- The Daily Mail on Jeremy Clarkson in Argentina
The great Jeremiad-caravan against the BBC’s raison d’être and the licence fee has been to Patagonia. That the Daily Mail managed to locate, but not Google Translate:
[Malvinas-related provocation: incidents and the BBC team has left the country]
Thanks to S, who suggests that the differences between the Mail and the Guardian are two: the
- Pope Gordon Bennett
Otto von Pope is known as Benet in Catalan. His friends here call him Gordon. (Brendan D Lynch’s Triumph of the Red Devil: The Irish Gordon Bennett Cup Race 1903 claims, however, that the roots of the English exclamation “Gordon Bennett!” lie in the dubious commercial practices of Irish hoteliers.)