I don't expect this to be a particularly long thread, but I just wondered what your favourite background events were throughout STC and STC-O, the ones you might not necessarily have noticed on the first time of reading.
I've just been re-reading The Ghost Ship and I was tickled some of the snippets involving Simpson. The best started in the first part and continued to the next; Simpson's painting something and using his thumb as a scale measurement. Over in the Emerald Chamber, Simpson drags his painting and over to Filch, who gives it some careful thought. And - it's a painting of Simpson's thumb! Which promptly gets smashed over his head.
Dobbyn did a brilliant job with that, whether he came up with it or the other Nigel did. But he's not the only one. Anyone else got a particularly memorable background event, funny, nostalgic or otherwise?
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The recent issues have been a joy for cameo-hunters like me, and have some quite cool looking extras (namely "Trish", but a few others made me smile). Not to mention how at least one background element became relevant later.