Recent blog posts

Organ-grinding tweets for January 2018

More sofa-based antics of the Hackney street organist. (2018/02/01)

The secret life of organ-grinders

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 (2018/01/31)

In praise of oranges

A First World War letter from a Palestinian orange grove, an orange (lower case) song, and this winter's favourite orange cake recipe. (2018/01/21)

Winchester is the centre of English civilisation

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 Romsey is Ethelflaeda, who sang psalms while skinny-dipping in the Test, and lithe & lusty hooligans. (2018/01/21)