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The relation to vine lice seems tenuous, but Bledlow is a village in Bucks. no distance from TP's source in Beaconsfield and High Wycombe. --Old Dickens 15:25, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Pterry certainly knows his German. However Ankh-Morpork has a definite Londonish slant, all german references are mostly limited to Überwald-Transylvania.--Iron Hippo 12:44, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

The Oxford University Police (from 1829 to 2003) were known as Bulldogs. See Wikipedia. --Emen 18:11, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

The security staff at at least one Town Hall in East Anglia are referred to as Beadles. --Megahurts 14:44, 4 November 2010 (CET)

Oxford University's police were indeed called Bulldogs, and wore bowler hats. Their duties formerly included retrieving students from public houses and other dangers to virtue, so the students would naturally attempt to flee the Bulldogs. I remember a pub sign in Oxford depicting such a scene, from the 70s.

Continuing the notion of being pursued, perhaps there is another of Pratchett's subtle connections in that after taking mescaline, Jean-Paul Sartre hallucinated that he was being chased by lobsters down the Champs Elysees (see e.g.

The parish church of Bledlow Ridge St Paul is in the diocese of Oxford (

A location in England

In Wikipedia, there is reference also to Bledlow as being a location in England. I was going to copy and paste that here, but find it is not allowed. Those interested might look it up. - Cass A

Hardly necessary: see above. --Old Dickens 00:59, 10 May 2011 (CEST)