A public address system or loudspeaker.

After a major manufacturer of public-address systems: The term ‘tannoy’ is often used generically in colloquial English throughout the British Commonwealth to mean any public-address system or even as a verb – to “tannoy”, particularly those used for announcements in public places; although the word is a registered trademark, it has become a genericised trademark.

A moment later, the maid who had attended Miriam Bancroft earlier came up the steps to the balcony bearing a tray with a visibly chilled decanter and tall glasses. Bancroft was wired with internal tannoy like everyone else at Suntouch House, it seemed.

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Belle Époque

A period in European history, in the decades before the First World War, characterized by artistic and cultural refinement.

Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a “golden age” in contrast to the horrors of World War I.


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