Recent blog posts

“Virginity is an overrated virtue”

Granddad's Armistice, in letters and recollections. With glimpses ante hoc of Cameronians & Royal Scots in the Eastern Mediterranean & on the Somme; of ambulance trains in Northern France; of 6th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment during the terminal Hundred Days Offensive into Belgium; and post hoc of the aftermath, including an exchange with a German family. With a special cameo featuring Kandy the Maltese terrier. (2018/11/11)

Several Viennese musical curiosities

Karl Nagl's claim that, unlike the Germans, Viennese organ-grinders are musicians, because they have "crank-sense." And female yodelling with Dudlerinnen Trude Mally and Maly Nagl. (2018/10/17)

The Russian folk song in the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona

I thought it was a recent version of Stravinsky's Petrushka theme, but it turns out that Pete Seeger is the intermediary. Plus an East End Jewish version of Khachaturian's Sabre Dance. (2018/10/09)

The Singing Organ-Grinder’s tweets for September

A rubbish heap in which a Ukrainian nuclear fireman finds romance with Willie Nelson. (2018/10/01)