January tweets

(2019/02/01)

A walk from Petersfield over the South Downs to Bishop’s Waltham

From the banks of the Rother (almost) via Stroud, Ramsdean, the source of the Meon (just about), Frogmore, East Meon, Old Winchester Hill, Droxford and Upper Swanmore to the source of the Hamble (very nearly). Featuring an erudite parrot, Edward Thomas and John Owen Smith, William Cobbett and Gilbert White, Charles II and Winston Churchill, Eric Ravilious and a 1791 chic doggerel tombstone, and two extinct railways. (2019/01/20)

Organ-grinding tweets for December

Xmas &c. (2019/01/03)

Epitaph of Bernard Fry, surgeon, in St. Mary’s graveyard, Stafford

Resurrectional doggerel for these dark days. (2018/12/25)

For drone-hunters, a walk westward from Gatwick airport to Ockley station

Dedicated to those at Gatwick considering tracking down and killing the source of their stasis. Features two good drinking establishments, the villages of Charlwood and Capel and the River Mole. (2018/12/21)

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)

The Singing Organ-Grinder’s tweets for September

A rubbish heap in which a Ukrainian nuclear fireman finds romance with Willie Nelson. (2018/10/01)