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This scene resonates with so many bar scenes from television and movies, from Hill Street Blues, mentioned above, to Cheers. Page 27 - The Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons resonates with all the real and pseudo care and rehabilitation facilties for every type of animal imaginable in Roundworld.

Nobby is trying to sound more upper class using 'meteor' when he means to use the French word 'metier' (which Fred's used on page 214) . Page 66 - "the tongueless and magical octiron bell of Old Tom in the Unseen University clock tower, whose twelve measured silences temporarily overruled the din. As well as being a play on Detritus' helmet fan and a clockwork soldier being a toy that would be in a child's model army, this is also a reference to the New Model Army.Page 89 - More foreshadowing when Angua is taking off her clothes, particularly since the unlicensed thief Bundo Prong is terrified by the sight of a dog for ever more. So since they are used to base 4 it makes sense for Cuddy to teach Detritus these numbers early in the education process since they are all multiples of the Troll's number 4 which is 'many'.

Page 246 - Gaspode says, "There's rats along there that'll make your hair stand on--" Gaspode is a terrier type dog and they were originally bred to catch and kill rats. This term comes from sailing ships, where it signifies alternately backing and filling the sails, a method used when the wind is running against a ship in a narrow channel. For the upper classes in both Discworld and Roundworld, the world of privilege keeps them insulated from the realities of life so that their world remains a comfortable one.

The Discworld Collector’s Library is a stunning hardback collection of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, with cover artwork by Joe McLaren. Page 138 footnote - " Slumpie, Jammy Devils, Fikkun haddock, Distressed Pudding, Clooty Dumplings, and not to be forgotten, the Knuckle Sandwich. Bjorn Again is the name of an Australian band with a repertoire that consists entirely of Abba covers. Cruces gives Carrot the evidence that he is the royal heir, upon which Carrot kills Cruces with his sword and has both the evidence and the dismantled gonne buried with Cuddy.

In April 2021, the president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, promoted aconite root as a treatment for COVID-19. Page 26 - Vimes regularly identifies where he is in Ankh-Morpork by the feel of the street through his thin cardboard soles.Toute de suite" means immediately in French and is usually mispronounced like this by people who only learned basic French in school or for comic effect. Secret rooms were common in medieval castles as a way of hiding from attackers and also spying on guests.

Quite stereotypical of course, but the bar from the TV series Hill Street Blues is one that comes to mind. Pratchett was familiar with computer language and regularly uses Monty Python references in his works so this is not likely a coincidence. Acting like a bumbling fool, making as if to leave, then smacking his head, 'remembering' something in the doorway, and unleashing an absolute killer question is exactly how TV Detective Columbo always catches the criminal. Clearly Carrot thinks she is going to change into something more suitable for being incognito instead of a policeman's uniform.Which is a shame, because no one knows the streets of Ankh-Morpork or its criminal underworld better than him.

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