Gillian suggested the Aigues-Mortes (Dead Waters) in France and it is such a wonderful location that I am sure (if I was a much more meticulous researcher into the past of Pomping I would see that the Aigues-Mortes hosted a Moot in 1879, which indeed it did, now I’ve perused Brown and Sempkin’s Brief (and relatively secret) History of Pomps. Apparently there were two murders, a failed Schism (most Schisms fail), and a successful fishing expedition on the afternoon of the second day of the Moot, in which Mr D caught a xiphactinus, unfortunately at the cost of an Ankou, and two guinea fowl, why the guinea fowl were there is unknown.) So, as Gillian suggested, extinct food was also on the menu, possibly leading to the outbreak of a severe stomach flu which occured on the following day.
Chris L suggested Africa, and Africa has indeed been a popular location, and was the ONLY location until around 70 thousand years ago. I’m wondering if your mention of animals also included them on the menu. RMs are a bloodthirsty lot in the main – though these days a lot of them seem to go in for the tiny sandwiches cut into triangles (crusts removed).
Cels suggested Tasmania, and I believe there … just let me consult Brown and Sempkin again…yes, a moot has occurred in Tasmania in 230BC(E) and 1606, though, of course, it wasn’t known by that name back then. And the food eaten would indeed be regarded as delicacies now – time makes everything a delicacy or, at the very least, exotic.
Belinda suggested Montville because it would cheer up the Pomps (and they can be a bit gloomy, thanks for considering their feelings) the local food is lovely.
I have to say I liked all of these answers, but I have to choose a winner, and I think I’m going to go with Belinda because (and I know this is a little unfair) Montville was where Death Most Definite had its cruel beating, I mean critiquing, by the ROR crew, and I really like the hills around there, and I could imagine my RMs hanging around discussing the business of death as the rain rolled in over the valley, much like we did almost two years ago.
Louise suggested London, to keep it all at a distance (Oh, those poor Londoners, they cop it with everything!) and bad food to get the RMs out as soon as possible. Interestingly, RMs always complain about the foods at these things, so I don’t know if they would notice.
So, Belinda, if you want to email me at teacupthrenody at gmail dot com with your postal address I’ll get your signed copy away to you.
Please let me know if you want it signed to anyone in particular.
Oh, and if any of you are interested, I’m more than happy to pop some signed bookplates in the post to any of the other contestants.