Granddad’s Armistice, in letters and recollections. With glimpses ante hoc of Cameronians & Royal Scots in the Eastern Mediterranean & on the Somme; of ambulance trains in Northern France; of 6th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment during the terminal Hundred Days Offensive into Belgium; and post hoc of the aftermath, including an exchange with a German family. With a special cameo featuring Kandy the Maltese terrier.
Karl Nagl’s claim that, unlike the Germans, Viennese organ-grinders are musicians, because they have “crank-sense.” And female yodelling with Dudlerinnen Trude Mally and Maly Nagl.
Two favourite anecdotes from Maisie & Evelyn Radford’s musical mission to the Cornish and thence to the English.
Lionel Richie opens a butchery in Bradford, while Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra refuse to sell a raspberry ripple to the Archbishop of Canterbury in Jerusalem. With a generational categorisation of Millennials.
Yet another Anglophile.
Russophone Kazakh rapper tramples the identitarian jungle in praise of his idols. With William Blake, and Guf and his granny.
A treasure trove from the tunnel bores for Amsterdam’s controversial North-South metro line.
More barrel organ news from Hackney. Includes first posts from Top 10 Russian Football Song series.
The hiphop theme of a cinematic tribute to Spartak ultras: “Stand in line with your brother and don’t take one step back / Russian brigades, like a bumper, ram our opponent.” Extras: Russian football hooliganism’s English roots; Anglicisms in a Russian hooligan lexicon; and use of “hooligan” in Russian before English, in an 1892 decree issued by a Petersburg mayor of Scottish descent.