Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Clouds of Witness on BBC Radio 4 Extra



BBC Radio 4 Extra is a digital radio station from England. For the next 8 days, you can listen to the 8 - part Clouds of Witness, which stars Ian Carmichael as Peter Wimsey, Peter Jones as Bunter, and James Villiers as the Duke of Denver.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra/programmes/schedules/2011/05/18
(You can't listen to it on the Kindle, you'll have to go to their website via the Computer.)

Ian Carmichael played Lord Peter Wimsey both on TV and on the radio.


British English: Accomodation and accomodation address

In England, accomodation [not accomodations] refers only to "food alnd lodging."

An "accomodation address" is a temporary mailing address, typically at an accomodation (hotel or inn) where a person is staying.

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur

Monday, May 16, 2011

British English: Accident tout

An "accident tout" in England is an ambulance chaser in the US.

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The 11 Wimsey Novels by Dorothy L Sayers

Whose Body? (1923)
Clouds of Witness (1926)
Unnatural Death (1927)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928)
Strong Poison (1931)
Five Red Herrings (1931)
Have His Carcase (1932)
Murder Must Advertise (1933)
The Nine Tailors (1934)
Gaudy Night (1935)
Busman's Honeymoon (1937)

We have already annotated Whose Body? and you can purchase that as a Kindle book for 99 cents.

We are now annotating Clouds of Witness. Unlike Whose Body, where the annotations appear within the book itself, for Clouds of Witness (and all subsequent books) we provie the line in question, the page number, and then the annoation. (You will then compare this with a print edition of the book!)

Wimsey Books by Jill Paton Walsh
Thrones, Dominations (1998; unfinished manuscript completed by Jill Paton Walsh)
A Presumption of Death (2002; completed by Jill Paton Walsh)
The Attenbury Emeralds (2010; completed by Jill Paton Walsh)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

British English: Academy

The Academy is the Royal Academy of Arts. Anyone with the letters RA after their name is a member of that academy.

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur

Sunday, May 8, 2011

British English: Academicals

If someone is referred to as wearing his academicals, he is wearing a cap and gown.

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Above the salt

"In days of yore, when the family salt cellar among the powerful and wealthy was a massive silver vessel, it was placed in the middle of the dining table and marked the boundary between the classes when people dined together. Those seated "Above the salt" were members of the higher classes, the family and their peers. Those seated below the salt were servants and dependants.

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur

Sunday, May 1, 2011

British English: ABC


ABC: alphabetical railroad guide

Bibliography
British English A to Zed, by Norman Schur