The main model for "Wallingham" is in Buckinghamshire, near Aylsbury, "the last remaining example of le style Rothschild". Built in 1874/89 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957. Waddesdon Manor houses a superb collection of Rennaissance art, eighteenth century furniture and Sevres porcelain among its treasures, all lovingly tended by an army of domestics. Doesn't look much like a red brick Gormenghast, no Yellow Drawing room, and no Klimt hangings. You won't find much Art Nouveau, either, it's more of a French 16th century chateau feel. Awesome place.
THE LAST LENNON TAPES
"On the 6th December 1980 John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, taped a three hour interview with Andy Peebles in New York for BBC Radio One. It was the first time for over five years that John had agreed to face a radio microphone. What was expected to be a routine half-hour chat about his and Yoko's latest LP, Double Fantasy, turned magically into a long, deep and candid discussion about his life and work..." I was looking for a way to treat the Keith Utamore "Rick's place" interview, when I found this on the sofa at Val and Dave's, next door, when we were babysitting one night. What a masterly interviewer! Fascinating transcript, intimate and unpremeditated.
"Casablanca" premiered in New York in November 1942. "Rick's Place" aka Rick's Cafe American, subsequently became the WWII code name for the city of Casablanca, (it says here...)
BUSTED BY THE SCOTS
Either dux bellorum or a piece of currency to be passed from hand to hand... If you must be king of England, don't end up depending on the Scots to bust you out of jail, or set you back on the throne. Our friends in the north drove a very hard bargain, not only with Charles I (admittedly, he asked for it) but with his son (the lad could have packed it all in and earned good money as a mercenary, but you don't think like that when the God game's got you in its sway). See The Tragedy of Charles II, Hester Chapman. For details of the part played by Highlanders I'm indebted to Mr Lyell Drummond, and "Highland Warrior" by David Stevenson.
IMPRISONED BY THE BRITISH
Stephen Of Blois,
captured at the Battle of Lincoln, 1141. imprisoned in Bristol Castle,
traded for the Earl of Gloucester, November of the same year.
Player to dealer's left (or non-dealer in two hand game) is given first option to discard a 3. If no player holds a 3, the player to dealer's left lays their lowest card. Next player may discard the card (or cards) next in numerical sequence, without limit (4x4, and 5x5 and 6x6 etc). If the player doesn't hold a card of the right value, they must pick up the discard stack, but 2, 7 or 10 may be laid at any time. A player who successfully discards all their cards begins the endgame, laying down first the overhand (in any sequence), then the underhand. First player to have no cards wins, loser is the poo-head & deals the next hand. Poo-head is the intellectual property of Jon and Pat Mayes, 1996.