Greetings, Nigel, from your long-silent friend in blogland. Karen's auction is quite an interesting idea, many lovely things there. But the second link in your post does not work?? BTW, I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (which I first heard about here on your blog) last month and enjoyed it immensely! The ending certainly leaves a lot of tantalizing untied strings...dare we hope for a sequel?