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Beware the Cat

The first English novel, an anti-Catholic satire published in 1570.

Bile Beans

A laxative and tonic first marketed in the 1890s. The product supposedly contained substances extracted from a hitherto unknown vegetable source by a fictitious chemist known as Charles Forde.

Black & White (magazine)

Weekly periodical published from 1891 until 1912, when it was merged with The Sphere.

Black cat

The numerous folk beliefs about black cats, and cats in general, are often contradictory. Superstitions surrounding black cats are almost certainly some of the most prevalent even today, along with the number thirteen and walking under a ladder.

Black Friday (1910)

Black Friday was a suffragette demonstration in London on 18 November 1910, in which 300 women marched to the Houses of Parliament as part of their campaign to secure voting rights.


English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of America during the early 18th century.

Blackjack Cars

Blackjack Cars, founded by Richard Oakes in 1996, is a manufacturer of three-wheeled kit cars based in Helston, Cornwall, England.

Blackstone Edge

Gritstone escarpment in the South Pennines rising to 1,549 feet (472 m) above sea level

Bloody Code

The Bloody Code is a name given to the system of crimes and punishments in force in England during the 18th and early 19th centuries that resulted in the death penalty for offences that would today be considered minor.

Blue men of the Minch

Mythological creatures who seek out sailors to drown and stricken boats to sink.