Thursday, 5 April 2007

Mount Pleasant

“I never knew that [in the seventeenth century] ‘Mount Pleasant’, near Gray’s Inn, was actually a bitterly ironic name for a huge man-made heap of the most nauseous offal and ordure. It is now, of course, home to the Guardian newspaper.”
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Christopher Hart, “Offal and Ordure”, Review of Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1600-1770, by Emily Cockayne, Literary Review, April 2007.

3 comments:

Graham Corncockle said...

The phrase "of course" is apposite.

Deogolwulf said...

A perfect example of usage, I'd say.

dearieme said...

I can heartily recommend Mt Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon from the Hunter Valley. I don't suppose that it grows on a midden. (I give this tip in the spirit of Jesus being sound on wine and this rather being his - or His - weekend.)