These tumblers are said to have come from Holland, but they sound like (apprentices of) Venetians, of whom more another day:
La belle foire Saint-Germain
Aujourd’hui se ferme, ou demain:
Ainsi, trêve de castagnettes,
De singes, de marionnettes;
Trêve de ces sauts périlleux,
Trêve de ces tours merveilleux.
Hath suffered a we-change:
The splendid fair of Saint Germain,
Here today, or gone demain:
And so, a truce of castanets,
Of monkeys, and of marionettes;
A truce of those bold parlous leaps,
A truce of marvellous human heaps.
Illiterate Southern Occitans and the UNESCO mafia would have you believe that biological pyramids were invented towards the end of the War of the Spanish Succession at Valls, just up the River Francolí from Tarragona. Sed testudines nos non assentimur:
- Some migration songs
With an introduction by St. Spike in the Moon.
- Cómo fabricar una trompeta ritual tibetana de un fémur humano
Jolene es un monstruo de Frankinstein hecho de marfil y esmeraldas, brisas de primavera y lluvias estivales:
Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with
- Revenge of the mechanical musical instruments
A version of Stravinsky’s Petrushka for street organ.
- A sensational 1810 Parisian fire scene on top of an 1840s Russian barrel organ
But who are the three noseless Austrian ladies?
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.