I have an informant who lives in Newport Pagnel, is a Real Ale enthusiast, and does Morris Dancing... 8-).
Mr Stirling,My deduction was that you had been on holiday there.This also explains the earlier reference to Morris Dancing.Paul.
Dear Mr. Stirling, One reason why I read your Nantucket books with PARTICULAR interest was because of how much of the action takes place in my home state of Massachusetts. Albeit on a island, Nantucket, which I've never visited. I live in Essex county, in the north east corner of Massachusetts, and is very different from Nantucket.Sean
Mr. Stirling:Ah, but does he also do the OTHER version, as done by the Lancre Morris Men?Paul and Sean, that question was a joking reference to Terry Pratchett's *DiscWorld*. The "OTHER Morris" is an autumn ritual, "because of the balance of things."One of Pratchett's books showed, too, that Lancre-style Morris dancing also functions as a rather deadly martial art, at least against the Fair Folk.
Kaor, DAVID!Alas, you not touch on one of my many areas of ignorance. I know too little about the late Terry Pratchett to comment sensibly about his DiscWorld series. But, it's plain you unearthed another SF inside allusion by Stirling! Sean
Sean: Janet and I have gone to Nantucket nearly every April since we were married in 1988, and stayed at the Jared Coffin House. It's a magical place, tho' it has its drawbacks -- it's excruciatingly expensive, for example. But if it hadn't been ferociously defended it would have been grossly overdeveloped. (One example; 3% of all real-estate transactions go into a fund to by and preserve open space.).
Dear Mr. Stirling, Oh, I knew Nantucket has become a painfully expensive place to either live on or visit. And I agree this is not all bad, if it prevents the island from becoming "grossly overdeveloped." I'm glad you and your lady have pleasant visits to Nantucket!Sean