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The Candleholders of Destiny

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Inspector Goose shook the snow from her coat as she entered the cocktail bar. She placed her hat down and looked across the barroom. As she walked across the room, her one wooden leg tapped a flamenco rhythm on the wooden floor.

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Peculiar People

Why gin drinkers are splendid

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“When Einstein destroyed belief in ether, gin took over as the fifth element”
— Aurelio Calzada, ‘Maravilloso is the evening’

Men are from cat people and women are from dog people.  You can complete a million online personality tests to determine which President, horror film character or Byzantine pickle you are.

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Fiction & Drollery

A Cad’s Guide to Halloween

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Halloween, officially known as International Monsters Night, is the second scariest time of the year (the morning of New Year’s Day being the most ghoulish). Any cad worth his, her or its salt will use this night of witchery and jiggery-pokery to create mischief and further his, her or its own cause.

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Peculiar People

Edmund Kean & The Wolf Club

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Precious few things are more enjoyable than being recumbent in a steaming hot bath with a popular tune on your lips. That some cursed individuals should be expressly forbidden from the practice of bath-time singing is a crying shame, and yet that is exactly what happened to an unfortunate group of unwittingly atonal gentlemen in the nineteenth century.

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