London organ-grinding tweets for October 2017

Lukewarm barrel organ-ish ephemera from Hackney, London and thereabouts. (2017/11/01)

So, would you rather visit Tory party conference or the 1660 Foire de Saint-Germain?

Given the choice (we believe in choice). Featuring castanets, monkeys, marionettes, and human and tortoise castles. (2017/10/03)

London organ-grinder tweets for September 2017

Barrel/street organ stuff. (2017/10/01)

Napoleon II’s Pulcinella toy & the Empire’s collapse

A tragic gallery dealing with 1832: contemporary/posterior mise-en-scène? Plus images of Napoleon as Polichinelle. (2017/09/29)

On the French penchant for inventing things already in existence elsewhere

François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite and reputedly the father of ombres chinoises (shadow puppetry), began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and 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), jolly old Baron Grimm on the lamentable state of French opera, shadow plays, and marionettes, and William Beckford's favourite designer of theatrical perversions. (2017/09/12)

Organ-grinding tweets for August 2017

The latest barrel organ news from Hackney, London. (2017/09/01)

He would an elegy compose / On maggots squeez’d out of his nose

Samuel Butler on a writer of doggerel. (2017/08/15)

Barrel organ tweets for July 2017

The latest organ-grinder news from Hackney, London. (2017/08/14)

Sister Mary and the Bird

Translations from Welsh and Yiddish revealing ornithomancy amongst the 19th century north Welsh and Jewish Lithuanians. (2017/08/07)

Tweets for June 2017

Organ-grinding in Hackney, London. (2017/07/01)

From Charles Trenet, two musical De Gaulle anecdotes

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