English Blood, Irish Heart

#1: Boom


The opening was one of those thriller mysterious openings that sets up the situation and then we go into the flashbacks that explain how we got into that situation.

  • 3 characters in rumpled evening wear are being held for questioning in various cells
  • a disfigured man with red leather, rubber soled shoes, a missing leg and one eye, asks them all the same questions
  • “How did you get your invitation to the theatre for that night?”
  • “Where were you when the bomb went off?”
  • “What do you know about the ‘Cult of the Clitoris’?”

Then we jump to a week before.

The true answer is that given by Rob’s character: a colleague at Queen’s University, got tickets for himself and the PCs by signing up for the club performance of “Salome.” What they will tell the investigator is another matter.

Irish Brotherhood member James “The American” floats some money to Aislin to hire some muscle to increase the pressure on police when the Trades Unions go out to prevent the strike from being broken when the boat with the performers of the play tries to unload the sets. [carried out by Aislin’s Contact, her Dad]

The morning the ship tries to unload there is a riot at the Customs House. In the confusion,
the PCs get into the complex where Edith Craig is negotiating with customs authorities and MP Edward Carson.

A PC (Aislin?) spends and discovers that the there were already many police in place at Customs House, almost as if they knew that the spontaneous union protest was going to take place.

Craig hires Rachel’s NPC Riley to help repair and repaint a damaged scrim in advance of the show. Carson extracts a promise that he will be informed as to anything that Rachel sees on the boat.

Rachel discovers a load of German rifles and ammunition in the hold.

Rob and Kate’s characters are observed following Rachel and Riley onto the boat.

After some skulking around, Kate’s PC plants the explosives (!) that she had been carrying around and manages to put a hole in the ship.

Our protagonists are busy in the Customs House when the bomb goes off. They were making for the exit when a new complication pops up: a dead body of a would-be extremist with a dynamite belt, dead from a vicious bit to the next, and bearing leaflets with the cryptic phrase: “Death to the Cult of the Clitoris.”

And it’s only Saturday afternoon.

Very weird.

Wow: Early British Thrillers Were Deranged

Check out the Media Library for some images,

And Bulldog Drummond on the Wiki.

Irving's Lyceum
Where Stoker Worked & 'Staged' Dracula

Nice London Theatre, Shame if Something Happened to It

The Lyceum

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London WC2
Location: Wellington Street / The Strand
[First “Lyceum” theatre operating from 1794 on an adjoining site. Demolished during the creation of Wellington Street.]

Built 1834 by Samuel Beazley. 1882 and 1884 partial rebuilding and alterations by C. J. Phipps. In the 19th century, managed by Sir Henry Irving during many years. 1904 major rebuilding by Bertie Crewe, retaining only the façade and portico of the original building. 1919 minor alterations by Edward Jones. 1939 bought by the London City Council that had plans to demolish the building in favour of a road improvement. 1951 converted to a ballroom by Matthews and Sons. Re-opened 1951 as “Mecca Ballroom”. 1996 reconversion into a theatre, rebuilding of stagehouse, auditorium restoration and redecoration, incorporation of adjoing building by Holohan Architects. Re-opened 1996 as a theatre. Used for musical performances, e. g. “The Lion King”. 2000 seats.

[Other historical names of this theatre: “Theatre Royal”, “English Opera House”, “Royal Lyceum Theatre”]


Beginning in 1871, under manager Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman and his wife, Henry Irving appeared at the theatre in, among other things, many Shakespeare works. Irving began with the French melodrama The Bells, an instant hit in which he played the ghost-haunted burgomaster. The piece ran to sell-out crowds for 150 nights, which was an unusually long run at the time. Charles I, in 1872 was another hit, running for 180 nights. In 1874, Irving played Hamlet at the theatre, perhaps his greatest triumph, running for 200 nights. In 1878, after Bateman’s death, Irving took over management of the theatre from his widow. The Builder, 28 September 1878 reported that there was a difference between Irving and Mrs. Bateman regarding the personnel of the company at the Lyceum. “Mr. Irving is said to have told Mrs. Bateman that he was resolved to have actors to act with him, and not dolls, otherwise he would no longer play at the Lyceum. The result was that Mrs. Bateman threw up the management of the theatre, and Mr. Irving takes her place.” Mrs. Bateman became the manager of Sadler’s Wells Theatre.13
Irving continued to star in plays there, especially Shakespeare, until 1902, engaging co-star Ellen Terry for that entire period of 24 years.14 Bram Stoker worked between 1878 and 1898 as business manager of the theatre, and Irving was Stoker’s real-life inspiration for the character Count Dracula in his 1897 novel, Dracula. Stoker hoped that Irving, with his dramatic, sweeping gestures, gentlemanly mannerisms, and speciality in playing villain roles, would play Dracula in the stage adaptation of his novel. However, Irving never agreed to appear in the stage version, although the play was produced at the Lyceum.

Irving and Terry began with Hamlet in 1878. Their 1879 production of The Merchant of Venice ran for an unusual 250 nights, and success followed success in the Shakespeare canon as well as in other major plays.15 Other celebrated productions included Much Ado About Nothing,16 The Lady of Lyons by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1878), Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Lyons Mail by Charles Reade (1883), the immensely popular Faust by William Gorman Wills (1885, which even drew applications for reserved seats from foreigners), Macbeth (1888, with incidental music by Sir Arthur Sullivan), Henry VIII (1892),17 Becket by Alfred Tennyson (1893), King Arthur by J. Comyns Carr, with incidental music by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1895),18 Cymbeline (1896) and Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau’s play Madame Sans-Gêne (1897).

When Irving and Terry toured America, as they did several times beginning in 1883, the theatre played works with many famous actors including Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. Martin Harvey, a pupil of Irving’s played a season there in 1899. Benoît-Constant Coquelin appeared as Cyrano de Bergerac in the summer of 1898.

The Belfast Grand Opera House
Beautiful Theatre, Shame if Something Happened to It

Grand Opera House

Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR T: (028) 9024 1919

The Grand Opera House is a theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, designed by the most prolific theatre architect of the period, Frank Matcham. It opened on 23 December 1895.
Despite the onset of the Troubles, the theatre was listed in the 1970s and has been restored extensively since. The building had been damaged by bombs on several occasions usually when the nearby Europa Hotel had been targeted. It was very badly damaged by bomb blasts in 1991 and 1993. The theatre continued to thrive, however, hosting musicals, plays, pantomimes and live music.

Seed #5: Oscar Wilde's Last Words to the Court, 1895
Wilde Until the Last

Wilde—And I? May I say nothing, my Lord?

The court adjourned.

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Seed#4: Edom
Let's Get Biblical


The wild beasts of the desert
shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island,
and the demon shall cry to his fellow;
Lilith also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
- Isaiah 34:14

New International Version

My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
the people I have totally destroyed.
6 The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood,
it is covered with fat—
the blood of lambs and goats,
fat from the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah
and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 And the wild oxen will fall with them,
the bull calves and the great bulls.
Their land will be drenched with blood,
and the dust will be soaked with fat.
8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
9 Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
her dust into burning sulfur;
her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[b] and screech owl© will possess it;
the great owl[d] and the raven will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom
the measuring line of chaos
and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
nettles and brambles her strongholds.
She will become a haunt for jackals,
a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
she will hatch them, and care for her young
under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
each with its mate.

Douai (Catholic) Translation

Isaiah 34Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

34 Come near, ye Gentiles, and hear, and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein, the world, and every thing that cometh forth of it.
2 For the indignation of the Lord if upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath killed them, and delivered them to slaughter.
3 Their slain shall be cast forth, and out of their carcasses shall rise a slink: the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all the host of the heavens shall pine away, and the heavens shall be folded together as a book: and all their host shall fall down as the leaf falleth from the vine, and from the fig tree.
5 For my sword is inebriated in heaven: behold it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my slaughter unto judgment.
6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made thick with the blood of lambs and buck goats, with the blood of rams full of marrow: for there is a victim of the Lord in Bosra and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 And the unicorns shall go down with them, and the bulls with the mighty: their land shall be soaked with blood, and their ground with the fat of fat ones.
8 For it is the day of the vengeance of the Lord, the year of recompenses of the judgment of Sion.
9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the ground thereof into brimstone: and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
10 Night and day it shall not be quenched, the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste, none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
11 The bittern and ericius shall possess it: and the ibis and the raven shall dwell in it: and a line shall be stretched out upon it, to bring it to nothing, and a plummet, unto desolation.
12 The nobles thereof shall not be there: they shall call rather upon the king, and all the princes thereof shall be nothing.
13 And thorns and nettles shall grow up in its houses, and the thistle in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be the habitation of dragons, and the pasture of ostriches.
14 And demons and monsters shall meet, and the hairy ones shall cry out one to another, there hath the lamia lain down, and found rest for herself.
15 There hath the ericius had its hole, and brought up its young ones, and hath dug round about, and cherished them in the shadow thereof: thither are the kites gathered together one to another.
16 Search ye diligently in the book of the Lord, and read: not one of them was wanting, one hath not sought for the other: for that which proceedeth out of my mouth, he hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it to them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation they shall dwell therein.

Seed #3: Irish Literary Life and Stoker
He had some boss friends

George Francis Fitzgerald
Irish professor of “natural and experimental philosophy” (i.e. , physics and chemistry) at Trinity College Dublin.

Lady Jane Francesca Agnes Wilde
Poet, advocate for women’s rights; mother of Oscar.

Sir William Robert Wills Wilde
Ireland’s leading ear & eye surgeon, knighted for his service to medicine; author, angler & outdoorsman; father of Oscar.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
Poet, novelist, and playwright, shameless self-promoter & leader of the so-called aesthetic movement, Oscar was romantically involved with young Florence Balcombe prior to her marriage to Bram Stoker.

Francis Frankfort Moore
1855- 1931
Very popular & prolific writer & satirist, married to Alice Grace Balcombe,
sister of Florence Balcombe Stoker.
“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.”

Walter Fredrick Osborne
1859 – 1903
Born in Rathmines, son of William Osborne, also an artist.
Impressionist landscape and portrait painter, who it was said, bowled well enough to have made a living by cricket. Close friend of Bram & Thornley, he painted many members of the Stoker family.

Edward Dowden
1843 – 1913
Irish Poet and Professor of English Literature and Oratory
Bram Stoker’s mentor at Trinity College Dublin.
In his first book, Shakespeare: His Mind and Art, Dowden wrote, “Even though death end all, these things at least are – beauty and force, purity, sin, and love, and anguish and joy. These things are, and therefore life cannot be a little idle whirl of dust.”

Hester Dowden Travers Smith
1868 – 1949
Daughter of Edward Dowden, married to a well-respected Dublin physician. A Spiritualist and professional medium, who practiced internationally. Communicated with Shakespeare, and published a book on her spirit world conversations with Oscar Wilde

Seed #2: Bram Stoker
Seeking Refuge in Art

Bram Stoker and the Irish Question

Bram Stoker

Abraham (‘Bram’) Stoker was born in 1847, when Le Fanu was hoping to achieve an independent Ascendancy Irish parliament. He was a sickly child, nursed by his formidable mother, Charlotte Thornley Stoker (probably the inspiration for his heroine, Mina Harker). He survived to become a noted athlete at Trinity College. His father had been a clerk in the Irish colonial administration and got Bram a job there. The son surpassed the father, becoming clerk of inspection of petty sessions before he was 30 and producing a standard textbook, Duties of the Clerks of Petty Sessions, in 1878. By then he had resigned from the civil service to become business manager for the actor Henry Irving, influenced, perhaps, by his conversion to the cause of Irish Home Rule. He remained Irving’s manager until the actor died in 1906, published a memoir of his association and died in April 1912. Meanwhile, he published many minor novels, of which The Jewel of the Seven Stars may have inspired the mummy horror movies, and he produced_ Dracula_.

Seed #1: "English Blood, Irish Heart"
Emo Vampire 20th Century

The Morrissey lyrics

Irish Blood, English Heart

Irish blood, English heart, this I’m made of
There is no-one on earth I’m afraid of
And no regime can buy or sell me

I’ve been dreaming of a time when
To be English is not to be baneful
To be standing by the flag not feeling
Shameful, racist or partial

Irish blood, English heart, this I’m made of
There is no-one on earth I’m afraid of
And I will die with both my hands untied

I’ve been dreaming of a time when
The English are sick to death of Labour
And Tories, and spit upon the name of Oliver Cromwell
And denounce this royal line that still salute him
And will salute him forever


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