Recent blog posts

Organ-grindish twitterings for November

Dominated by a sojourn in the Czech Republic. (2018/12/01)

“Virginity is an overrated virtue”

Granddad's Armistice in letters and recollections. Glimpses ante hoc of Cameronians & Royal Scots (52nd Division) in the Eastern Mediterranean and on the Somme; of ambulance trains in Northern France; of 6th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment (11th Division) during the terminal Hundred Days Offensive to Mons, Belgium; and post hoc of base hospitals, influenza, and an exchange with one Wolfram Sterry regarding his brother Karl. Introducing Kandy the Maltese terrier. (2018/11/11)

Several Viennese musical curiosities

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. (2018/10/17)

The Russian folk song in the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona

I thought it was a recent version of Stravinsky's Petrushka theme, but it turns out that Pete Seeger is the intermediary. Plus an East End Jewish version of Khachaturian's Sabre Dance. (2018/10/09)