bits of dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #734

deborah deborah at
Thu Nov 6 11:17:05 EST 2003

On Thu, 6 Nov 2003, Roger Burton West wrote:

|On Thu, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:29:19AM -0500, deborah wrote:
|>Someone once told me that _Black Maria_ was renamed here for racial
|>reasons, but I have much more faith in the notion that it was renamed
|>here because Americans don't have black maria taxicabs, and we wouldn't
|>know what one was if it ran over our collective foot.
|Erm... there's no such thing as a black maria taxicab. The Black Maria
|was a police vehicle used for transporting prisoners. (Which Katherine
|Kurtz got impressively wrong in _The Adept_ series, where Our Hero's
|Friend is favourably impressed by Our Hero arriving in a Black Maria...)
|Oh, they haven't been used for a good few years.

Ow!  What's that running over my American foot?  A Taxicab?


Always remember to demand more of yourself than anyone else.  Otherwise you
become merely a tiresome rebellious young girl who wants that the whole
world should change to suit her whim.  The world is full of such as these;
most of them grow up at last, but they are not particularly admirable,
enfin.  They are against everything, for nothing. -- _Jade_

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