How to perform El retablo de Maese Pedro aka El retablo de la libertad de Melisendra in Don Quixote with one puppeteer and a narrator/bottler

Whether Cervantes saw it or not, it is possible as he describes. (2018/02/04)

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 L√≥pez 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)

Thomas De Quincey on the sewers as a conduit for small boys from Winchester College to the downtown pubs

With his guide to the Ziph language, and with the death of a Savoyard organ-grinder's white mouse, of which he was probably not the author in any sense. (2018/01/18)

Whatever became of Christian Lehmann, pioneering Petersburg Shrovetide zookeeper, Pierrot, illusionist, showman?

Newly uncovered evidence shows that, following the fire which destroyed his Russian theatrical business in 1836, he and his family pursued a career in London and Europe, before repeating their Petersburg triumphs in the USA and Australia. Also, a very curious copyright case. (2018/01/11)

Organ-grinder tweets for December 2017

More inanity from the Hackney organity. (2018/01/01)

Organ-grinder tweets for November 2017

More monkey mess from the peripatetic Homerton/Hackney barrel organ. (2017/12/01)

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)