Apr. 16th, 2012

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One of the earliest uses of the phrase bunga bunga seems to have been by Vigrinia Woolf and friends when they blacked up and dressed as Ethiopian princes to stage a fake state visit onboard HMS Dreadnaught at Portland. Bunga bunga was used between the conspirators as a declaration of satisfaction. I don't remember that scene in The Hours. Wikipedia goes into some depth on the potential outrage of the Royal Navy, but there seems to be nothing recorded about the certain insult to Abyssinia.

...the world continues to turn into one created by Robert Anton Wilson; s one notch further than when I discovered that...

Peter the Great of Russia once visited Deptford to study shipbuilding but hooked up with Edmund Halley (the astronomer royal), and the writer John Evelyn. They drank copiously and the three spent a good part of the night trying to push each other through hedges by force majeure with a wheelbarrow. The hedges were so damaged that Sir Christopher Wren, as surveyor to the King, was ordered to assess the hedge damage.

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