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Richard Bleksley
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That thrill of recognition...
« : 19.06.08 at 16:30 »
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Well, it's been so quiet around here lately that there may even be a place for this bit of trivia.
 
I was reading Iain Banks' The Crow Road when I picked up on a little something that, I dare say, not one in a thousand of his readers would have noticed. I'd come to a place in the story where the narrator and a girl called Ashley, usually known as Ash, are standing on a certain mound (Never you mind which mound!), and my eyes met with the sentence: "We turned to leave the mound, me and the Ash."
 
For a split second I wondered why he was referring to her as the Ash, and then it clicked. Aha!  
 
And then I thought: "Well, maybe it's just a coincidence," until I remembered that Iain Banks is the only author ever known to have mentioned Pete's music in a work of fiction (in The Bridge).
 
Q.E.D., I think.
 
I shall read the rest of the book with close attention...
 
Richard
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« Reply #1: 20.06.08 at 00:11 »
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Nice one, Richard. I'd be interested to know the context of the other reference that you mention.
 
Gerry
 
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Richard Bleksley
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« Reply #2: 20.06.08 at 02:05 »
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Gerry, it was mentioned here (or even maybe on the old mailing list) quite a while ago: something about the bloke in the story having nothing to play in his car but Pete Atkin tapes, and not being in the mood for them.
 
I have read The Bridge, but it was a hell of a time ago, before I discovered MV, and I'm afraid I really don't remember it myself. Can anybody else be more precise?
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« Reply #3: 20.06.08 at 07:54 »
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...Or maybe I should have said: "Can anyone else recollect precisely?"
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