Did you know that Alberto Randegger (please see my post on his teaching ) was associated with the D'Oyly Cart Company? It seems that the famous vocal pedagogues of the 19th century had their fingers in all kinds of music. But then, those who sang 'modern' music were classically trained.
Speaking of the things English: I once came upon a complete set of blue and white Victorian luncheon/tea china in the 'Mikado' pattern in a Toronto antique shop and to this day regret not bringing it home. But then I don't have to live up to Oscar Wilde's famous utterance, do I?
I think a little Darjeeling is in order. Just the thing to get the brain in gear.