This is brilliant: a historical archive of interviews between ropemakers, dry stone wall-builders, football fans, pig slaughterers and some folk from London with very strange accents indeed. Via the Telegraph, which also includes a good interview with the curator. There’s some gorgeous stuff in the other collections, including this 1890 Bovril ad. It seems that John Lawson Johnson, the inventor, was then trading from 30 Farringdon, now occupied by a bunch of heartless lawyers as well as the intriguing Gold Mines of Algeria.
The Guardian lists a bunch of furrin terms used in football, including panna, used in Holland to refer to the nutmeg
- Lowly trinity
From El llibre de tres (“The book of three”): Tres plers són en aquest món: beure en taverna, jaure en bordell e
- Spanish omelette trick
From John Henry Pepper, The Playbook of Metals: Including Personal Narratives of Visits to Coal, Lead, Copper, and Tin Mines; With
- Bicing vs Decathlon vs Boris’ Bikes
You might think Barcelona wants to get rid of the scheme.
- Epic Occitan language fail
With a brief moan re online editions of Lou Tresor dóu Felibrige.