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  1. And then there’s “Orb and Sceptre”, which, besides being symbols of British monarchy (and thus the title of the march composed by William Walton for the most recent coronation), can function in slang as an equivalent of “meat and two veg”.

  2. Ever so slightly on-topic, as the cartoon concerns an interview, when I got hired for my first post-university job as a sales rep with the international arm of college publisher Prentice Hall, the sales director and sales manager took me for a celebratory pint in the Crown and Sceptre (close enough to orb) just outside Hemel Hempstead, location of the UK HQ of PH International. Then they gave me a car (a red Ford Cortina) a month before I was due to start work – they didn’t want it sitting abandoned in the warehouse car park over Christmas – and told me to find somewhere to live in my territory. So I did.

    From the link, the pub looks little different now from how it did when this took place in 1981, but then that is often the point of a pub. BTW we used to know the place as “The Chinaman”, for some reason from before my time. Also BTW, I thought I had been told that the sales manager in the above story had died 15 years ago or more, but in fact he hadn’t and last week I spoke to him (now 89) for the first time since about 1984.

  3. ” I had been told that the sales manager in the above story had died 15 years ago or more, but in fact he hadn’t and last week I spoke to him (now 89) for the first time since about 1984.:

    Ah, but did he ANSWER? (Cue Hotspur.)

  4. I thought Bill would be right about the name, but the rabbit hole led only to some suspicious reviews for a restaurant called “The Orb” located “behind the Crown Pub”, and an “Old roadside tavern” that “…was originally known as the Crown and Sceptre and became The Orb in 1962.” Curiously, the second listing said both “Recently refurbished” and “This pub is permanently closed”. How useful.

  5. The comic is listed as a CIDU, but I don’t think anyone’s explained it yet. I’m thinking that the applicant just made an absurd request and the interviewer humorously answers it as if it was a legitimate question.

  6. He’s deciding whether to take the CEO position or not (note his look of concentration); he’d be paid 300 times what the average schlub makes (that’s good), but he’d have to pay for his scepter and orb out of pocket (that’s bad). CEOs are paid too much, and have delusions of grandeur, but this company is prudent, they’ll make their CEO pay for his scepter and orb out of pocket! It’s funny cause it’s true! They do make 300 times more than the average worker! Or maybe it’s funny because if only it were true! Those greedy CEOs always get the scepter and orb on the company dime, too!

  7. Googling around, I also can’t find any pubs called “Orb and Crown”, either. I can find “Orb and Sceptre”; I can find “Sceptre and Crown”, but it seems like nobody ever really talks about, or names a pub with, an orb and crown without a scepter.

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