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Updated: 2018-02-04T13:49:49Z


Organ-grinding tweets for January 2018The Singing Organ-Grinder


More sofa-based antics of the Hackney street organist.

The secret life of organ-grindersThe Singing Organ-Grinder


Speculation in French revolutionary fiduciary currency, the murder of the great British ballad-singer, & a revised date (1802) for the start of the supposedly post-Napoleonic emigration of Italian puppeteers & organ-grinders

In praise of orangesThe Singing Organ-Grinder


A First World War letter from a Palestinian orange grove, an orange (lower case) song, and this winter's favourite orange cake recipe.

Winchester is the centre of English civilisationThe Singing Organ-Grinder


Sez Lucio Vicente López in Recuerdos de viaje (1881). This is apparently in part due to the Normans having invaded without women, thus enabling the maintenance of The Saxon Character. He’s wrong. Winchester is suspiciously continental, while Roms...

Thomas De Quincey on the sewers as a conduit for small boys from Winchester College to the downtown pubsThe Singing Organ-Grinder


With his guide to the Ziph language, and with the death of a Savoyard organ-grinder's white mouse, of which he was probably not the author in any sense.

What became of Christian Lehmann, pioneering Petersburg Shrovetide zookeeper, Pierrot, and showman?The Singing Crypto-Organ-Grinder


Newly uncovered evidence shows that he and his family pursued a career in London, Europe, the USA, and Australia following the fire which destroyed his Russian theatrical business in 1836. Featuring a very curious copyright case.

Organ-grinder tweets for December 2017The Singing Crypto-Organ-Grinder


More inanity from the Hackney organity.

Organ-grinder tweets for November 2017The Singing Organ-Grinder


More monkey mess from Homerton/Hackney.