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Hooting Yard Nov 20
Has Jane come back from France yet? - Frank Key
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The Dabbler 14 Dec 15
Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker owns a large granite gorilla called 'Stephen Fry'
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The Dabbler 14 Dec 15
Irish businessman Paul Hewson prefers to be known as 'Bono', after a popular brand of dog biscuit
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The Dabbler 10 Nov 15
How Robert Baden-Powell crossed the road.
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π™΅πš›πš’πšŽπš—πšπšœ 𝚘𝚏 π™³πšŠπš›πš πš’πš— πŸ’ 12 Nov 15
In which I review the potted nonsense that is β€˜Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives’ - …
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
Edmund Gosse’s birth in father's diary:β€œReceived green swallow from Jamaica. E delivered of a son.”
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
In 1946 Jorge Luis Borges was made Chief Poultry Inspector in Buenos Aires. He resigned immediately
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
Lloyd George once sacked Neville Chamberlain as a Minister because he had 'the wrong-shaped head'
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
Leopold II of Belgium's breakfast: 6 poached eggs, a huge qty of toast & an entire jar of marmalade
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The Dabbler 9 Nov 15
Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke deemed jam β€œeffeminate” and wore a stuffed albatross's glass eye
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The Dabbler 7 Nov 15
Samuel Wesley was once haunted by an apparition of a badger with no head. It was called Jeffrey.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
The only direction Ken Russell gave actors: β€œIt needs to be a bit more urrrgh" or β€œa bit less hmmm”
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Stein, Gertrude (American writer, 1874 – 1946). Stein liked to write while looking at cows.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Charles I's reign was β€œnothing but Trenchmore & the Cushion dance, tolly polly, hoyte come toyte”.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
For a wedding present, PM James Callaghan gave Tom Driberg four ashtrays, two of which were broken.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Lord Northcliffe wantonly struck down a seagull with his stick and beat it to death on the sand.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Tove Jansson liked to get up at 4am and pretend to be a tree while a squirrel ran up and down her.
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Richard Nixon's favourite pastime was mashing potatoes. Many more such here -
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The Dabbler 6 Nov 15
Ambrose Bierce was one of thirteen children all of whose given names began with the letter A.
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