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Al Stewart: Kim's Corner

December 29

Posted on December 29, 2010

One of the best (and worst) things about being an Al Stewart fan is all the places you suddenly find an "Al Reference".  I had only just started reading Bill Bryson's latest book, "At Home", when I came across the  following in a footnote on page 24.  "Pocket boroughs were constituencies that had no inhabitants at all but retrained a seat in Parliament, which could be sold or given away (to an unemployable son, say) by the person who controlled it.  The most celebrated pocket borough was Dunwich, a coastal town in Suffolk that had once been a great port -- the third largest in England -- but was washed into the sea in a storm in1286.  Despite its conspicuous nonexistence, it was represented in Parliament until 1832 by a succession of privileged nonentities."

-- Kim Dyer