The Mello Code - References
by MRS Jeevas

"If I wanted to recreate 'Sister Act', I'd buy a nun's outfit and have singing lessons".
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 1: The Mello Code

Mello is referring to 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit'. Whoopi Goldberg's character, Sister Mary Clarence, is a singer posing as a nun. She organises a choir and persuades the children at a convent school to clean up and redecorate their choir practice room.

Of course, Mello has inadvertently revealed that he's watched 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit'. Presumably while he was in the Mafia.


"Back in the real world, the Mafia are getting extremely wealthy supplying the drug market. As I was saying before, it's not the like of you that's the problem, it's the serious junkies. The ones who would sell their own granny for their next hit. Kira wiped out the Mafia, what happened out on the streets with the smackheads?"

"I don't know." Matt replied, coolly. "I was too busy putting you back together again."

Mello nodded in acknowledgment. "I'll tell you what happened. Utter freaking chaos. Extremely expensive drugs, in very short supply, not even making it into some cities, let alone towns and villages. People doing whatever they could to get hold of any drugs that might stave off their cravings. A crime wave hit the entire States, until even the prison cells emptied by dead Mafioso were overcrowded with people who murdered and thieved their way towards their fix. More people in cold turkey than the rehab. centres, hospitals or doctors could handle. Thousands of suicides. The ultimate irony is that the Mafia actually reduced crime, if you look at it from a certain angle."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 1: The Mello Code

Mello's description of what happened in America is related to Kira's action in 'Death Note'. In real life, this same situation occurred in Serbia during the presidency of Zoran Ðindic. He was determined to wipe out organised crime in Serbia and so arrested every known Mafia member simultaneously. He was assassinated shortly afterwards. In writing this chapter, I merely relocated real events from Serbia to America. I figured that Mafia operations and addictions are the same wherever you are.


Matt shook his head. "No, I'm not. I've been playing 'True Crime: Streets of LA'."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 2: Hierophant

'True Crime: Streets of LA' is a game in a variety of formats, developed by Luxoflux, and published by Activision. The player is a Los Angeles police officer, taking on small scale criminal gangs, before working up to confronting the Mafia and the Triads.


"Objection!" Matt pointed.
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 4: Rude Awakening

Matt is emulating Apollo Justice, a character in the series of games by Nintendo.


Matt bit his lip. "You want to go to a club, don't you? Or a party? Have you ever had a party? It's your 21st, Mello. Come on. In some countries you're now legally an adult. A couple of decades ago, this would be the birthday where you'd legally be able to have gay sex."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 4: Rude Awakening

In both Britain and Croatia, legal adulthood is attained at 18 years of age. The sexual age of consent in Britain is 16 and, in Croatia, 14. However, until 1994, the sexual age of consent for homosexuals in Britain was 21. It was reduced to 18, then, in 2000, became 16. Until the 1970s, people in Britain did not reach their majority until 21 years of age in Britain.

Matt is trying to argue that, as they are in Britain, if this was 1970, Mello would be both an adult and legally able to have homosexual sex on December 13th. However it is 2010, so Mello has legally been an adult for nearly three years.


"What is?" He rasped, hoping that it wasn't going to be the velvet covered 'Hocus Pocus' in her hand.

...

"I'd suggest anything by the Farrars over Laurie Cabot, if you're interested in that sort of thing."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 6: In Search of God

'Hocus Pocus' is a book by Titania.

Janet and Stewart Farrar and Laurie Cabot are all Wiccan writers.


"I bought some Pokemon tree decorations."

"Oh joy."

"Want to see them?" He reached into his bag and pulled the box out. All the games and the book sank to the bottom. "Look, little Eevee, Squirtle, Munchlax, Mew, Pikachu..."
Matt and Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 7: Legacies

Pokemon is a game franchise owned by Nintendo. Those listed are all Pokemon characters.


"Now apply Gestalt Theory to it. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 7: Legacies

Gestaltism is a psychological theory, that states that the brain has self-organising elements that add up to holistic whole. This bigger picture might not be obvious from its individual components.

It should also be noted that I had a group of Catholics, who are also in the MxM community, who were helping me form Mello's responses during the chapters where his Catholicism is called into question. I'm not a Christian, let alone a Catholic, so I needed them to explain the deeper discourses.


"In here!" She yelled back. It took a few seconds before anyone followed her and then it was only Mello. "Where's Tweedledum?"
Hal, The Mello Code, chapter 11: Uncertain Threats

Tweedledee and Tweedledum are characters from 'Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There' by Lewis Carroll, though he borrowed them from John Byrom's 17th century 'Epigram'. They refer to musical notes in the latter, while, in the former, they refer to twin brothers. The brothers keep agreeing to battle with each other, but never quite get round to it.


"Oh look! I've got Sherlock Holmes with me."
Hal, The Mello Code, chapter 11: Uncertain Threats

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective, created by Arthur Conan Doyle.


It wasn't the half a bottle of Fair Trade that he'd practically forced down Matt's neck to make him relax a bit; this was a Vosne -Romanée, medium-bodied Burgundy, and apparently very nice.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 13: Grace

Fair Trade products, including wine, ensure that the producers were paid a living wage. Many workers, especially in Third World countries, but also in parts of South America, are kept in poverty by large corporations maximising their profits at the expense of the workers. There is more information on the Fair Trade Foundation site.

Vosne-Romanée retails at between £40-£321 a bottle. It is not a Fair Trade product, but it is produced in France, where laws ensure that wages are fair anyway.


There was an 24 hour Asda in Southampton which might cater for them
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 13: Grace

Asda is a supermarket, which is common in Britain. It is owned by the American company, Walmart.


"How long would it actually take for me to have Asif Ali Zardari on the end of my telephone?"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 13: Grace

Without the aid of a crystal ball, it's impossible to know who would be the president of Pakistan in December 2010. However, barring tragedy, it should still be Asif Ali Zardari. He was sworn into a five-year term in September 2008.


Matt didn't look up. He had already lost his ranger, but that was alright because the only opponent left standing used mage. He could send his melee and flying attackers in. The latter wasn't much use in the combat triangle, but might distract the mage long enough for the melee chara to get in with the killer blow. "kay."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 14: Gameplay

In gameplay, a combat triangle works when there are multiple specialities in in-game combat. Each speciality has another against which it is weaker or stronger. The ranger is weak against a warrior/melee fighter, but strong against mages/flying attackers; the mage/flying attacker is weak against rangers, but stong against warriors/melee fighters; and the warrior/melee fighter is weak against mages/flying attackers, but strong against rangers.

Matt's in a technically in a bad position, because his opponent uses mage and he's lost his ranger. However, he can match the combat style with his flying attacker and, with enough skill, use his melee warrior to win the battle.


"Black Cat Dual Rotating Butt Plug, with extra suction." He held it in his hand. "Heating lube." He spotted something that looked like mini jump-leads for a very small car. "Adjustable Alligator Clamps, with rubber tether."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 14: Gameplay

Both of these sex toys exist in real life. Just search the internet to find them.


"I'd recommend the novel, 'Le Fantôme de l'Opéra' by Gaston Leroux, but it's in French. I'm not sure if there is an English translation, but in lieu of that, I'll take you on a night out into the West End of London to see the Lloyd Webber version."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 15: Masquerade

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical stageplay of 'The Phantom of the Opera' opened in 1986, in London's West End. It is the second longest running musical and has had over 9000 performances.


"Zdravo Marijo, milosti puna." Matt gasped, spitting out blood.
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 16: Saints and Monsters

Translated from the Croatian, Matt says, 'Hail Mary, full of grace'. It is the opening words of the 'Ave Maria', which Matt is using to try and invoke Christian compassion in Mello.


Mello nodded, "Marie, how would Julian feel about you being just a little bit late, but ready to take him out to the Chesil Rectory?"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 18: Negotiating Business

The Chesil Rectory is the most expensive restaurant in Winchester.


"I don't remember any of this in Dante's 'Inferno'."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 19: Helheim

Dante Alighieri wrote 'The Divine Comedy' in the early years of the 14th century. The first canticle was entitled 'Inferno' and described the nine circles of the Christian Hell.


"Ah!" Mello pointed. "You can hardly count that! It's a sticker. It's something I got for putting a quid in the Oxfam box in the shop."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 19: Helheim

Oxfam is a charity which campaigns to end poverty throughout the world. It also reacts swiftly to emergency situations.

For more information visit the Oxfam website.


Matt clung to him, wincing. Mello grinned, evilly, "Point of no return, baby!"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 20: Point of No Return

'Point of No Return' is a musical piece from Andrew Lloyd-Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera'. It signifies the moment in the story when Erik, the Phantom, abducts the opera singer, Christine.


Mello smirked. The paper mache opera mask, created quickly in his study and blasted into shape with a hairdryer, covered the left side of his face.

...

"Does my mask suit me? Do I look like an angel to you now?"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 20: Point of No Return

The protagonist, Erik, from 'The Phantom of the Opera', wears an opera mask to disguise a facial deformity. Erik poses as the Angel of Music.


"You said that most of all, you weren't letting me see 'Phantom' because you aren't going to be Christine." He turned Matt again and wrapped his arms around him. "Wrong, Matty, you are Christine."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 20: Point of No Return

Christine Daae is the central female character in 'The Phantom of the Opera'. She is a soprano opera singer, who becomes the beloved of Erik, the eponymous phantom.


"And incidentally, the quotes are totally lost on me. I've never seen the play."

"Neither have I." Mello smiled, secretly pleased with the compliment. He drew patterns on Matt's abdomen with his blood. "I've read the book and I've got Nightwish's version of the song. It's on their 'Symphony of Angels' CD. Some things you just know by osmosis though."
Matt and Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 20: Point of No Return

There shouldn't be any actual quotations in this chapter. It was mentioned in the 'Masquerade' chapter that Mello had never seen the stageplay, only read the book. He, therefore, isn't in a position to quote the play, but that is the version of the story that he is attempting to emulate here.


"Yes." Mello smirked. "Did you like my 'Phantom of the Opera'?"

"Very nice." Matt flicked his ash towards the fire. "Was it the Cliff Richard or the the Michael Ball version you said you had?"

Mello slapped him. "Nightwish. Gothic heavy metal version."
Mello and Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 20: Point of No Return

Michael Ball and Cliff Richard have both played Erik in productions of 'The Phantom of the Opera'.


It's like Churchill said, 'Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.'" Matt flashed a smile. "Though I also recall Century's response to that."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 21: Fragmented and Furious

Winston Churchill was the British prime minister during World War II, which has bestowed on him a national hero status in England. However, 30 years previously, Winston Churchill was the home secretary when he sent the army into the Rhondda Valley, in Wales, with an order to shoot to kill. Churchill is not, therefore, so fondly remembered by the Welsh, hence Century's negative reaction to Churchill being used in a motivational context in Wammy's House.


He realised that he assumed that anyone north of the Watford Gap was a homophobic bruiser, with their knuckles scraping along the floor.
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 22: So Much To Answer For

The Watford Gap is the supposed border in the English North-South divide. There is snobbery on both sides, but the stereotype is that those below it are 'shandy-drinking southerners' or 'more cultured individuals' (depending on where you are standing at the time), while those above it are 'cavemen' or 'salt of the earth'.

In this story, Mello and Matt have been raised, and are currently living, south of the Watford Gap. It's author is from north of it, as is Manchester.


"It's also near a tram station, which will take us to Old Trafford."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 22: So Much To Answer For

Old Trafford is the stadium where Manchester United play their home matches.


"I have no idea." He searched his memory. "Ah! Didn't Mikhail Gorbachev get some kind of reward? We were only kids. There was a big debate in the common room about whether it was warranted."

"Mihael sounds nothing like Mikhail. You might as well have said that I'm German because of Michael Schumacher."
Matt and Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 22: So Much To Answer For

Mikhail Gorbachev was the President of the Soviet Union from 1988-1991. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, but Matt is remembering him receiving the Courage of Conscience in 1996.

Michael Schumacher is a German Formula One racing driver.


This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, this other Eden, this demi-paradise.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 23: The Theatre of Dreams

Mello is mentally quoting John of Gaunt, from William Shakespeare's 'Richard II'.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.


"Ok. I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto. Is that chocolate covered fruit?"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 23: The Theatre of Dreams

Mello is quoting from 'The Wizard of Oz'.


"A geek! A geek! My kingdom for a geek!"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 24: Detectives

Mello is paraphrasing from William Shakespeare's 'Richard III'. The correct quotation, spoken by the eponymous Richard III, is:

Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die:
I think there be six Richmonds in the field;
Five have I slain to-day instead of him.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!


Matt switched browsers. "I'll see if I can find one in Ask Jeeves for you."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 24: Detectives

Ask Jeeves is an internet search engine. Jeeves is a traditional name for a butler or manservant.


"Shove a load of facts and figures in front of you and you smash through them like Mega Mario"
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 25: Pieces of a Case

In the Nintendo Super Mario games, Mario may collect a mega mushroom which turns him into Mega Mario. In this state, he is practically invincible in a giant form. As he progresses, all obstacles shatter, break and snap as he crashes through them.


"Stop trying to be Yoda and just give me a straight answer."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 25: Pieces of a Case

In the 'Star Wars' films, Yoda is a Jedi master reknowned for his wisdom.


"Mello, you would be the first to whinge if they banned chocolate from being eaten indoors and put little pictures of diabetics on the wrapper!" Matt snapped. "Fucking Presbytarian fucking Prime Minister in the fucking House of fucking Commons."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 25: Pieces of a Case

Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, is a Presbytarian. The Smoking Ban occurred during his tenancy. Matt is ranting and therefore attempting to link Gordon Brown's religion to the fact that Matt can't smoke inside a British workplace.


"I wish we had a teleport that just took us and the car back home. Invent one, Matt. That's your homework."

"'kay. Let me just source some law runes."
Mello and Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 27: Journey

This is a Runescape reference. In that MMORPG, law runes are the chief component of teleportation.


"'I am a world's forgotten boy, the one who's searching to destroy.'"

"Ok! I'll let you put Iggy Pop back on if you stop groping me!"

"'Honey, gotta help me please, somebody gotta save my soul. Baby, detonate for me.'"
Mello and Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 27: Journey

Mello is singing Iggy Pop's 'Search and Destroy'.


His mind also threw up a memory of Matt recounting one of Century's excuses for walking out of the institution. Not that the Welshman needed any. It had been a class where the country that they were in was referred to as the United Kingdom rather than Great Britain. Century had apparently ranted about semetics of terminology, overturned a chair and disappeared for a week.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 28: A Class of His Own

Great Britain is technically Wales and England. The English invaded Wales for this union to happen. As a scrap of appeasement to Wales, Henry Tudor, when he became monarch, referring to the two countries as the Welsh name 'Britain'.

The United Kingdom was created in 1707, following the Act of Union between England (which politically included Wales) and Scotland. Ireland wasn't included in the actual Act, but it was subordinate to Britain at the time. The treaty wasn't popular in Scotland either, with most of the country rioting on the day that it was signed. Mobs roamed the streets of Edinburgh trying to find where it was being signed with the signees hiding in a basement to do it.

In short, the United Kingdom was forged aggressively and against the will of the people of Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Its national anthem includes anti-Scottish sentiments, while its flag is fundamentally (and deliberately) the English flag stamped on top of, and therefore cancelling out, the Scottish flag. Neither the Welsh or Irish flags are represented at all in it.


"Did you really think I was sitting around beating my Brain Academy hiscores?"
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 30: Planet Hell

Big Brain Academy is a game developed by Nintendo.


"Singh is a glorified technician and engineer. He's not a computer geek. He was relying on the University's own firewalls and Norton. It took me about five minutes to ping him then another half an hour to get in. Ok, I had to take over the whole University's mainframe, but that wasn't too much hassle. As for Norton..." Matt smirked. "Let's just say that we're old friends. We kind of circle around each other."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 30: Planet Hell

Norton AntiVirus is a malware prevention programme developed by Symantec Corporation.


"I'd get a couple of slave-boys to fan us with ostrich feathers, but where the fuck I'm going to find them in Hampshire, I don't know. Get a freaking time-machine and go down to Portsmouth or something. Grab a couple on the way to 18th century America. Did Portsmouth do slaves? You're out of luck if I have to drive all the way up to Bristol in my time machine."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 31: Volim Te

Before 1807, Great Britain got very rich by transporting slaves. These people were mostly sold to America. Bristol, Liverpool and London were major centres of slave merchanting. However, eight slaveships did leave Portsmouth between 1699 and 1711, but otherwise the port was not widely used for this infamous trade. In 1792, Portsmouth was amongst those areas petitioning for the abolition of slavery.


Matt upended his bin into and a cloud of ancient cigarette ash rose up to fall again; the kitchen, newly cleaned by the irritable blond, now resembled some lesser Pompeii.
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 32: Housework

Pompeii and Herculaneum were two towns, which were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. In 1748, Pompeii was rediscovered. Its streets and the shapes of its people had been preserved by the ash which fell upon it.


"Jeevas!" Mello growled back. "Playing fucking Mario all day does not make you a plumber!"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 32: Housework

In the Super Mario games, by Nintendo, the eponymous character is a plumber (when he's not rescuing princesses).


"You won't let me out to fetch one and if I have to walk around Homebase with you, I'm liable to end up decking you. So go and get on your bike and fetch us a new trap. Thank you."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 32: Housework

Homebase is a megastore for DIY supplies. It sells everything from pot plants and flares to new kitchens.


"Matt." Mello fixed him with a Medusa stare. "Back off. Now."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 32: Housework

In Greek mythology, Medusa was a beautiful woman and a priestess of the goddess, Athena. Medusa upset Athena by having sex in her temple, so was cursed by the goddess. Thereon, Medusa face was made so terrible that anyone looking at it would turn to stone.


"Right now?" Matt flashed a half-smile around his cigarette. "It's what it always is when you're at Wammy's House. You're Bill Sikes. I'm Nancy by default. Near got to be Oliver because he's shorter."

Mello couldn't help himself. He snorted out a laugh. "You are so fucking ridiculous at times! I'm trying to make a serious point and you..." Mello sniffed, his nose freezing in the cold air. "Worst of it is, you're right. Bill Sikes. Fuck." The more he thought about it, the more amusing it became. Mello ended up getting the giggles, until he couldn't have even explained what was so funny. He buried his face in Matt's shoulder and laughed until he cried. He felt Matt move to close the door, then try to turn in Mello's grasp. Mello looked up grinning. "So Roger's Fagin, or was that Wammy?"

"Dunno. But L was the Artful Dodger."
Matt and Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 33: Stitches

Bill Sikes, Nancy, Oliver, Fagin and the Artful Dodger are all characters from 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens.


Now he was following his husband through the corridors of Wammy's House like Hansel being led by breadcrumbs.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 33: Stitches

In the German fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel were two children led into the forest and abandoned by their wicked stepmother. Hansel had left a trail of breadcrumbs, so they could find their way home again, but the birds ate the breadcrumbs.


"The Prince 2 exam was hard."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) is a project management methodology. It is in two parts, with PRINCE 2 being the second, more advanced one.


"Then we'll order pizza and I'll put 'The Empire Strikes Back' on for you to watch and learn."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

'The Empire Strikes Back' is the first of the Star Wars films in which Yoda makes an appearance.


Matt came close to saying, 'ok, you can come, but you're not joining Opus Dei', but thought better of it. His entire knowledge of that branch of Catholicism came from 'The Da Vinci Code' and he wasn't confident that that was an accurate portrayal. Plus that would lead straight to Mello reading that book and that could end in rants. "Ok, fine."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

Opus Dei is an off-shoot of Catholicism. In Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code', the organisation is portrayed in a sinister way with its members willing to kill in order to suppress unwelcome evidence against the central tenets of Catholicism.


"Peter. You are well named. Denying the name of Christ three times before the cock crowed. Do you fear the cock crowing, Peter?"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

In Christianity, the Bible recounts that Jesus Christ predicted that, upon his arrest, his disciple Peter would deny knowing him, in order to save himself. Christ stated that this would happen three times before the cock crowed in the morning. After Roman soldiers removed Christ from the garden of Gethesame, Peter fled along with the other disciples. As they scattered around the city, he was challenged three times and accused of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. He denied this. It was only as a cock crowed that Peter realised what he was doing and admitted his allegiance.


"You would attack me while I'm kneeling to Christ? Get behind me Satan!"
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

In Christianity, the Biblical chapter Luke 4 describes Jesus Christ being tempted to reject his destined path. He replied 'get thee behind me, satan' (Satan = temptation) and went on to state that he follows the Lord and no-one else.


Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 34: Of Gods and Men

In Christianity, the Gospel of John recounts a story where a woman, charged with adultery, is brought in front of Jesus Christ. The law stated that adultery should be punished by stoning to death the culprit. This ran contrary to Christ's message of peace and love. Unwilling to disobey the law nor to contradict himself, Christ said to those waiting, 'let him who is without sin cast the first stone'. No-one felt able to make such a claim, so they all left and Christ released the woman.


It's the Fool's perogative to be the wisest one there. The Emperor was wearing no clothes and you called us on it.
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 35: The Passion of Mello

In the Danish fairy tale, the Emperor is approached by two conmen, who state that they can make a suit of clothes out of the finest fabric. They will be so fine, in fact, that it will appear invisible to those unfit to see them. The Emperor asks them to make his suit. It doesn't exist, but the Emperor is too proud to admit that he can't see anything. He goes on parade in the city and everyone there is also too proud to risk being seen as unfit.

As the procession goes on, a fool, or small child, shouts out that the Emperor has no clothes on. Everyone realises the truth of it.


Matt finally touched his medal. "Good fight," he muttered. "Good fight."
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 40: Epilogue

'Good fight' is a comment often made in multi-player on-line roleplaying games. It's usually said after player versus player combat by the victor to the victim.


I swear that the climax of 'Rannoch Moor', where the bodhrán kicks in, got me through my MA dissertation.
Matti, The Mello Code, chapter 41: TYVM for 1000 hits

'Rannoch Moor' is a track from the 'Rob Roy' film soundtrack.


"Honestly, you look like someone manning Checkpoint Charlie. It really doesn't go with the goggles."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 42: TYVM for 2000 hits

Checkpoint Charlie was the nickname for a crossing through the Berlin War, between East and West Berlin. It was the crossing designated for foreigners and members of the Allied Forces.


"Baby, with all the best will in the world, you don't look like Keanu Reeves."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 42: TYVM for 2000 hits

Keanu Reeves played Neo in 'The Matrix' films.


"Didn't you start life as a Communist?"
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 42: TYVM for 2000 hits

Mello was born in Yugoslavia in 1989. At the time, the ideology of the country was Titoist Communism.


Mello nodded. "That figures. They produced Helen too." He smiled at the window. "It seems that Greece has a long history of sending beautiful women into the world."
Mello, The Mello Code, chapter 43: TYVM for 3000 hits

In Greek mythology, Helen of Sparta (later Helen of Troy) was reputedly so beautiful that wars were caused by opposing suitors trying to win her as their wife. The battle over Helen was cited as the primary cause of the Trojan Wars.

Ancient Sparta is located within modern Greece.


Century laughed, muttering under his breath, "Mr Tighe, tear down this wall."
Century, The Mello Code, chapter 44: TYVM for 4000 hits

In a 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin War, the US President, Ronald Reagan, challenged the USSR President, Mikhail Gorbachev, to embrace Western style democracy in order to end the Cold War. During the speech, President Reagan said,

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'

Though controversial at the time, history generally writes from the point of view of the victors. 'Tear down this wall' has come to represent a challenge for openness during the Cold War. Century is likening the attitude of the Wammy's House alumni to the Cold War and furthermore stating that Fenian is perpetuating it.


Century replied. "The Siege Perilous." He smiled. "Well, one of them."
Century, The Mello Code, chapter 44: TYVM for 4000 hits

In the Arthurian legends, the warriors/knights sat around a Round Table. One of the seats was designated The Siege Perilous and would cause instant death to anyone who sat in it. Only the pure of heart, who won the Holy Grail, could safely sit on The Siege Perilous. Eventually it was occupied by Gawain, Galahad or Pedwyr (Percival), depending upon the telling of the story.


Century stood to collect the plates, carrying them into the little kitchen. "Did anyone ever see 'The Running Man'?"
Century, The Mello Code, chapter 44: TYVM for 4000 hits

'The Running Man' is a book by Stephen King, later turned into a film. The story tells of a television gameshow, where the winning contestant is the one still alive by the end of the 'game'. Contestants are literally killed.


Fenian had already passed out of view, his bedroom door opening, when Matt called out. "Clerkenwell, 1867." He smirked and Century's head shot up. Everyone else looked momentarily blank, before assuming an expression of studied neutrality. "Chester Castle, same year, I believe. Phoenix Park, Dublin, 1882." The door in the corridor did not close again. "In fact, didn't O'Mahony say that Irish Independence could only be won with armed revolution?"
Matt, The Mello Code, chapter 44: TYVM for 4000 hits

Matt is listing locations and years wherein the Fenian Movement reacted with violence and/or fatalities, while fighting for Irish independence from Great Britain.