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The Earth Trembles

“The earth itself trembles when a great man departs.” So say the Chinese, anyway. The passing of an Emperor was recorded using the character beng, whose principal meaning is “landslide.”

So it has happened.

The epicentre of the tremor, which measured 5.3 on the Richter scale according to the British Geological Survey, was centred on the village of Holton cum Beckering, about 15 miles northeast of Lincoln.

[Me]   I can’t find hard data, but I have always thought the surname “Buckley” belonged up there in the North. My uncle Teddy Buckley (no relation) was a Yorkshireman.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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