Recent blog posts

From Charles Trenet, two musical De Gaulle anecdotes (en)

Re the songs, L’âme des poètes and Douce France. (2017/06/10)

Cuckoos (en)

A new translation of Joan Maragall’s poem about the anarchist bombing of the Barcelona Opera in 1893, and a limerick by the monkey. (2017/06/05)

The Devil’s Corbyn of Hell (en)

A General Election post, featuring Edgar Allan Poe, a manual for medieval female anchorites, the RSPB, Le Corbusier, Magpie Corvid, a corvine conspiracy, and Tolkien's Nazgûl. (2017/05/30)

I know where your house lives, but sometimes the front door’s a struggle (en)

Featuring Abel and Marguerite Chevalley and their Concise Oxford French Dictionary. (2017/04/10)

Where did Petersburg’s organ-grinders go in winter? (en)

I fear only some of them migrated with the swallows. Featuring Boris Sadovskoy, Yuri Norstein, Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov and Gogol. (2017/02/05)