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The Father-thing: Watch out for dubious duplicates of family members and the burrowing metal millipedes that control them. Drown the latter in kerosene, if found.
Various buildings were left incomplete after the construction industry bubble burst in 1793. Those pesky Regency speculators...at least that kind of thing doesn't happen any more - no, hang on!
Egyptian and Chinese are linked not by any connection between the languages but by having had similar histories, at least until Egyptian was finally eliminated.
When I think back to A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm left with a lingering impression of them beng really funny. This isn't really funny. More by way of faintly amusing.
Despite the close neighbourhood of the two languages for centuries, it is still hard for native Persian speakers to pronounce Arabic correctly.
Reminds me of French and English now (in either direction).
The Assembly Rooms: destroyed (as were parts of Royal Crescent) in the Baedecker Raids of 1942 and rebuilt after the war.
The Phoenix, Sc.10: Phoenix and Fidelio get robbed! They also learn the grim situation Fidelio's sweetheart (Falso's niece) finds herself in.
The dividing walls between each house in the Royal Crescent were made wedge-shaped in order to be able to make the interior spaces rectangular.
The main body of the facade of each house is not curved; the angle between each house is disguised by the giant Ionic column at each junction. The decorative stone-work above the columns IS curved. Carving out the columns would have been cheaper than a truly curved facade.
"By the rivers of Babylon..."
I can't even read these words without getting Boney M stuck in my head for an age.
Jenner attributes everything he likes about Royal Crescent to Wood the Elder and everything he doesn't like to his son and goes on to claim Wood the Younger was nothing special as an architect. I think Lansdown Crescent contradicts that somewhat - unless I'm mis-remembering who was responsible for it.