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Updated: 2017-09-12T14:59:18Z

 



The French penchant for inventing things already in existence elsewhereThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-09-12T14:59:18Z

François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite, began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and, far from being the father of shadow puppetry/ombres chinoises, may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), and jolly old Baron Grimm on French opera and marionettes.






He would an elegy compose / On maggots squeez’d out of his noseThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-08-15T14:30:51Z

Samuel Butler on a composer of doggerel.



He would an elegy compose / On maggots squeez’d out of his noseThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-08-15T14:30:51Z

Samuel Butler on a composer of doggerel.



Tweets for July 2017The Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-08-14T10:29:10Z

Twitter probably won’t stay as it is for very long, so I’ve written a PHP script to parse their JSON output and post it here. I’ll improve presentation when I’ve got a mo.



Sister Mary and the BirdThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-08-07T12:20:44Z

Translations from Welsh and Yiddish revealing ornithomancy amongst the 19th century north Welsh and Jewish Lithuanians.






From Charles Trenet, two musical De Gaulle anecdotesThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-06-10T08:32:51Z

Re the songs, L’âme des poètes and Douce France.



CuckoosThe Singing Organ-Grinder

2017-06-05T14:38:11Z

A new translation of Joan Maragall’s poem about the anarchist bombing of the Barcelona Opera in 1893, and a limerick by the monkey.