History Literature / DiogenesClub

16th Jan '17 7:20:11 PM PaulA
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** In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train", the express train's colorful history includes a notorious incident involving [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Colonel Sebastian Moran]]. The details are different, but this is a shout-out to ''Film/TerrorByNight'', in which Moran is the villain, and which is likewise set on an express train to Scotland with a macguffin the heroes are guarding.
8th Jan '17 11:46:38 PM MadAnthony94
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* PsychicPowers: a few characters have them and psychic phenomena are Diogenes' bread and butter in most stories.
** Richard Jeperson seems to predominantly have some kind of psychometry along with, occasionally, telepathy.
** Sewell Head in "Swellhead" is a contrast to Richard in that his power allows him to pick up facts instead of feelings, making him trivia champion of the world.
** Annette in "The Man Who Got Off The Ghost Train" is precognitive.
7th Jan '17 11:11:04 PM MadAnthony94
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** The Diogenes Club can change between stories from paranormal investigators who handle psychic phenomenon to an "ordinary" espionage agency whose adventures just happen to be pretty bizarre and campy. "Swellhead" seems to reconcile this by suggesting that it's a parallel universe thing.

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** The Diogenes Club can change between stories from a society of paranormal investigators who handle psychic phenomenon phenomena to an "ordinary" espionage agency whose adventures just happen to be pretty bizarre and campy. "Swellhead" seems to reconcile this by suggesting that it's a parallel universe thing.
7th Jan '17 11:10:19 PM MadAnthony94
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** The Diogenes Club can change between stories from paranormal investigators who handle psychic phenomenon to an "ordinary" espionage agency whose adventures just happen to be pretty bizarre and campy. "Swellhead" seems to reconcile this by suggesting that it's a parallel universe thing.
7th Nov '16 5:30:25 PM PaulA
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* LivesInAVan: In "Cold Snap", Jamie Chambers is living the back of his van when Vanessa tracks him down. This is contrasted with his famous ancestor, Jonathan Chambers aka Dr Shade, who was a successful vigilante with a [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase secret base in a major London landmark]].
31st May '16 8:57:43 PM PaulA
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* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Discussed in "The Serial Murders". The villain introduces Jeperson to a couple of really obvious Legitimate Businessmen, present to bid on using the villain's powers for assassination. Jeperson quips that the men must be "olive oil salesmen" in reference to the legitimate business of the Corleones in ''Film/TheGodfather''. They appreciate the joke, but the villain -- who is both uncultured and a complete idiot -- is lost.
31st May '16 8:35:47 PM PaulA
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14th Mar '16 8:28:24 PM PaulA
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* FunWithAcronyms: The organisation that takes over when the Club is put out of business in the '80s is the Institute for Psi Tech; its official abbreviation is IΨT, pronounced "Eyesight".


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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Adam Onions, the ineffectual psychic researcher who appears in several stories, is constantly having to explain that his surname is pronounced "o-NYE-ons". This does nothing to help the general impression most people have of him that he's a smug prat.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: The Institute for Psi Tech's main failing is that, as the name suggests, it approaches the paranormal with the question "What technological applications can we derive from this?" instead of, for instance, "What are the chances that playing around with this will get everyone killed?"
19th Feb '16 9:05:42 AM PaulA
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* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Used for the dates in some of the stories.


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* YearX: Although it's always clear which decade a story is set in, they're generally vague beyond that point, and at least one of the stories is explicitly stated to be set in "197-".
5th Jan '16 10:01:29 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''



* AnimalThemeNaming:
** In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr. Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr. Mrs Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].

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AnimalThemeNaming: In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr. Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr. Mrs Mrs. Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'' may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face), and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her). But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.



* CryingWolf: In "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", one of Amy's schoolfriends, Smudge, is constantly telling wild stories. Then another friend gets kidnapped by sinister hooded figures, and they go to report this to the staff:
-->"Smudge told the story first, which was a disaster."



* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.



* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.



** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".

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** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".



* SuperheroSchool: Drearcliff Grange is a 1930s girls' school which takes "talented" students. The headmistress makes it clear that she doesn't much care if one of her girls becomes a super''villain'' instead of a super''hero'', just so long as she makes use of her talent and doesn't settle for being mundane.
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