“It was not a good thing … to let the hat fill up with money–the sight could discourage the patron; nor was it wise to empty it completely, which could also confuse him, giving him no hint as to where to drop his money. Placing a couple of pennies in the hat to start the thing going soon became an unvarying ritual; making sure, between tunes, to take off the cream, but always leaving two pennies behind. Slow melodies were best, encouraging people to dawdle …; but it also seemed wise to play as well as one was able rather than to ape the dirge of the professional waif. To arouse pity or guilt was always good for a penny, but that was as far as it got you … .” I’ve often wondered how many others walked out one midsummer (or midwinter) morning on the basis of Laurie Lee’s excellent advice.
WiFi-SM (via wondering) sounds good: I’ve been using WiFi-SM for one month and it’s amazing ! When somebody suffers on earth, not
- Abycine, pretty good really
The static parts of the site for the excellent Albacete International Film Festival are all OK, and the bits for 2010
- The debasement of the European mind
A populist US senator meets an Italian organ-grinder in Rome in 1859.
- Don’t plagiarise from the poor
Introducing Secular thought, an ancient journal of the Canadian heathen.
- Kill a monkey, kill an Englishman
Re monkey hanging in Britain and Spain, MC points me to ¡Mata Un Mono, Mata Un Inglés!, a nationalist anthem by