April 2020 tweets

Homerton/Clapton and Stepney/Whitechapel. Being pecked to death by ravens & other corvids.

The gnomes of Glyn Road, Clapton are waiting for the last human to die, so they can move in.

The gnomes of Glyn Road, Clapton are waiting for the last human to die, so they can move in.

SingingOrganGrinder
@elorganillero
  • Wed Apr 01 06:07 Mr Herring & Mrs Mackerel as royal family https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom/status/1245158370824216576
  • Wed Apr 01 13:31 6 "free range" eggs at the gouging Turk: 1.99. Ditto at Waitrose: 1.00. So @Waitrose it is. And at Stratford security adore a baby & invite you to the front of the queue
  • Wed Apr 01 13:37 Comment: Serendipity: the only pasta available was orzo, which I'd had in kebab shops mixed with rice without being able to identify it, and which is divine in piquant Iberian veal stew
  • Wed Apr 01 13:58 "Andrew Cuomo’s nipples take our minds off coronavirus." Is this NY Post/Murdoch's way of saying they want Andrew Cuomo to get the Democratic nomination? @lordbonkers
  • Wed Apr 01 23:36 Historia de Barcelona, 2/4: * 1448: Alfonso V entrega los Usatjes de Marquilles al Consejo de Ciento (17+22) * 1847: Una llegada en barco (191/i) * 1848: El ayuntamiento asiste a la fiesta de San Francisco de Paula (52) * 1918: Pla: Com que sempre he… http://dlvr.it/RT0gF3
  • Thu Apr 02 06:53 I think all the panting, spitting joggers are new joggers, preventively trying to oxygenate their lungs, like medieval flagellants: Psalms 42:1 As my heart panteth after the River Lea, so panteth my soul after thee, O God
  • Thu Apr 02 06:54 "We lied about the utility of masks, for a good cause" https://twitter.com/Europe1/status/1245336633504915463
  • Thu Apr 02 06:58 There are increasing indications from the daily "let's throw everything in the kitchen on the floor while mummy sleeps" tour that babe is dexterous, not sinistrous, as I first thought
  • Thu Apr 02 07:24 More than mildly curious whether the terrible images from Guayaquil, Ecuador are due to govt incompetence or to the ability of coronavirus to triumph in tropical climates
  • Thu Apr 02 07:31 Flour is all very well, but yeast is like gold dust, and anyone who appears in the press saying, "Yeast? Just grow some under your armpit!" deserves to die likewise
  • Thu Apr 02 08:01 Geoffrey Cox reading the Chinese parable, "The stone monkey." I think he looks like Don Johnson from Miami Vice
  • Thu Apr 02 10:01 Call Bowman Ales' hop line now for your essential deliveries of superb Hampshire beer http://www.bowman-ales.com/
  • Thu Apr 02 19:44 Toilet roll seen in Tesco, and a man cycling away with two six packs up his jersey so that he looked like a pregnant woman with massive boobs
  • Thu Apr 02 20:29 Trying to find the gorilla mask. Worried I won't be cool enough for corona
  • Thu Apr 02 20:56 Garlic?! Madness: only Homemade Lea Valley Blackberry Jam (2019) by London's Singing Organ-Grinder (£5 with home delivery) has not been shown not to stop corona, or a charging memory of elephants for that matter https://elorganillero.com/product/lea-valley-blackberry-jam-2019-by-londons-singing-organ-grinder/ https://twitter.com/ifyoutickleus/status/1245811694032556032
  • Thu Apr 02 21:23 I still love the /ræθ/ at 2:00
  • Thu Apr 02 21:53 Comment: @Transblawg @Claire_Cox16 At least with plastic grass you know what they've eaten. And you can dig little holes in it to insert leatherjackets for the starlings.
  • Thu Apr 02 23:39 Historia de Barcelona, 3/4: * ~0801: Los francos toman Barcelona (1165+98) * ~1493: Entra Cristobal Colón de vuelta de su primer viaje con sus marineros, que introducen la sífilis en Barcelona, desde donde se propaga por toda Europa (682+175) * 1495: Las… http://dlvr.it/RT4GPv
  • Fri Apr 03 06:13 "Sorry me no sorrys" in the romance "Sir Ralph Esher" by Leigh Hunt, portrayed by Fournier between Trelawney & Byron at Shelley's funeral

  • Fri Apr 03 06:35 What kind of pervert prints their baby onesie designs on the back? Babe ate a full chicken roast yesterday, but sowers of confusion & delusion still lurk in aurora's shades
  • Fri Apr 03 08:06 "People want stuff but they can't do stuff" - maybe govt should just admit the high street is dead & give William Cobbett a happy twirl in his grave https://twitter.com/OwenCallan/status/1245977637824143360
  • Fri Apr 03 11:44 "No hot ashes": Hackney Council declares war on DIY cremations
  • Fri Apr 03 11:50 Comment: Pushed the pram to Limehouse & back this AM. People now morbidly fascinated by bluelighted ambulances: on one estate, a silent horde came out onto the galleries to see if the personnel would emerge in full hazmat, & after a long wait there was an audible sigh of disappointment
  • Fri Apr 03 11:54 Well Street Common now a major business hub - met three CEOs there this morning. Sorry, that's Civil Enforcement Officers (ie redesignated parking wardens), tactfully ignoring the criminals present
  • Fri Apr 03 11:55 Comment: @ibexsalad But you find ways to annoy it: back no matter
  • Fri Apr 03 13:31 Bit of work from a zombie corporation - will no longer exist by summer, but still budget to be spent
  • Fri Apr 03 14:01 Comment: @RickGodden Me, including Low German & other dialects
  • Fri Apr 03 14:28 Blog: March's tweets in one place. Imatge: nínxols per a ruscs en la muralla del castell de La Granada, Barcelona https://elorganillero.com/blog/2020/04/03/march-2020-tweets/
  • Fri Apr 03 18:17 Comment: @Transblawg So the Brecht/Weill musical was about toilet paper? I'm no longer sure I understand Speak Low @AndrewHammel1
  • Fri Apr 03 18:21 US court judgement in Trésona Music Publishing vs Burbank High establishes fair use rights for arrangers in some circumstances The verdict more or less echoes the reply I give to dilettante purchasers of barrel organ arrangements https://srileylawblog.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-end-of-tresona.html
  • Fri Apr 03 23:41 Historia de Barcelona, 4/4: * 1152: Nace Alfonso, después II de Aragón (38) * 1847: Misa en la catedral, Domingo de Resurrección. Una cabalgata a Gracia y Montjuic. La "Compañia Anglo-Americana" en la plaza de toros. Apertura del gran teatro del Liceo de… http://dlvr.it/RT7mQP
  • Sat Apr 04 07:34 Comment: @DrFrancisYoung Got my red Dre Beats on, trying to put my peeps on, And I keep it hood, like this Phantom is Clarissan
  • Sat Apr 04 19:33 An important component of babe's conversation/laughter is a dry cough, ensuring public compliance with the 2 metre dictum
  • Sat Apr 04 19:41 "Corona is a hoax!", just off Bromley High Street, the work of whom? My favourite conspiracy theory, based on the flood of Amazon boxes on the streets, is that C19 is the work of Jeff Embezzlement
  • Sat Apr 04 19:52 The Clock Mill (grain for a gin distillery) etc at the Three Mills tidal complex on the River Lea at Bow always reminds me pleasantly of 't Torentje, the Dutch PM's office (also stocked with gin), the Binnenhof and the Hofvijver in the Hague

  • Sat Apr 04 23:39 Historia de Barcelona, 5/4: * Domingo de Ramos es el 05 de abril este año; en 1848 fue el 16 de abril * ... y en 1939 fue el 3 de abril * 1628: Terremoto (12) * 1688: Nace el jurista José Finestres (6) * 1709: Los ingleses dejan de ayudar a los… http://dlvr.it/RTBL7F
  • Sun Apr 05 07:14 Does "coonass" increase our understanding of Flann O'Brien's Bonaparte O'Conassa? https://twitter.com/IntermarkLS/status/1246514898198319104
  • Sun Apr 05 07:28 "Aquí vive un hincha del.. AT. Madrid", St Stephen's Rd, Bow, London @atletienglish

  • Sun Apr 05 07:35 Bronchia in the sky
  • Sun Apr 05 14:39 A young cat runs out of a house on junkie row next to Mabley Green to greet an African agency nurse returning home. "She's missed you." "I haven't been home since Friday, but someone's been feeding her." "How are you?" "Very tired. God bless you"
  • Sun Apr 05 21:54 BLOG: Stanley Johnson: rock ‘n’ roll drummer, magician, Hackney style icon. The best-dressed man on Well Street talks about his work with Gene “Be-bop-a-Lula” Vincent and much more https://elorganillero.com/blog/2020/04/05/stanley-johnson-rock-n-roll-drummer-magician-hackney-style-icon/
  • Sun Apr 05 23:36 Historia de Barcelona, 6/4: * 1530: Llega Andrea Doria para buscar a Carlos I (13+16) * 1918: Pla: Si algun dia decideixo escriure uns retrats familiars, potser es podran aprofitar els detalls següents * 1919: Pla: Diumenge * ☼ 06:23-19:23, 12:59 horas;… http://dlvr.it/RTDhj3
  • Mon Apr 06 07:47 RT @Transblawg: I photographed the best-dressed man on Well Street. https://twitter.com/elorganillero/status/1246919236460728321
  • Mon Apr 06 15:55 I was looking for a speakeasy in the traditional places, but Harrogate folks are flouting the rules by meeting in banks https://twitter.com/thestrayferret/status/1247189832066928642
  • Mon Apr 06 23:34 Historia de Barcelona, 7/4: * 1249: Principio del sistema de gobierno municipal (55) * 1573: Entran las cabezas de 23 bandoleros (34/i) * 1847: Una salida en barco para Valencia (681) * 1919: Pla: La Societat Sportiva Pompeia * ☼ 06:22-19:24, 13:02… http://dlvr.it/RTJ5Cf
  • Tue Apr 07 06:54 Comment: @Transblawg I thought today was Thursday
  • Tue Apr 07 06:55 Benford's Law https://twitter.com/ibexsalad/status/1247275880059191296
  • Tue Apr 07 12:09 Comment: @Transblawg Frequently, in historical terms
  • Tue Apr 07 12:23 Comment: @Transblawg @thestrayferret April Fool's?
  • Tue Apr 07 12:34 Tresóna, on behalf of the rights-holders, would like USD405 + 16.20 credit card fees to licence a one-off/one-performance arrangement of Speak Low for band. Kurt Weill died in 1950, so the client will wait till next year when it's free.
  • Tue Apr 07 18:46 I think the graffitista ("Educate, agitate, isolate!") is promoting government policy, but the nesting swan, at the junction of two paths near the marina, by attracting fans seems determined to sabotage it

  • Tue Apr 07 18:49 Freddie's tree in Millfields is looking good
  • Tue Apr 07 18:51 The Glyn Road gnomes are waiting for the last human to die, so they can move in
  • Tue Apr 07 22:38 Looking like a Labour war on the poor... https://twitter.com/meralhece/status/1247653825256849414
  • Tue Apr 07 23:35 Historia de Barcelona, 8/4: * Miércoles Santo es el 08 de abril este año; en 1848 fue el 19 de abril * 1569: Entra el archiduque Carlos de Habsburgo (5+20) * 1573: Exhibición de cabezas de bandoleros (27/i) * 1702: Felipe V embarca hacia Nápoles (54) *… http://dlvr.it/RTMdHf
  • Wed Apr 08 06:30 Climb a Homerton tower & get outside & view landmarks at 4 miles for the 1st time since perhaps May 1941 but probably since before London began to burn coal: Alexandra Palace & Ceres, & St Paul's Cathedral, with as bonus a ghost rainbow, 1 foot in the City, another over Highgate



  • Wed Apr 08 06:48 Comment: As it were...
  • Wed Apr 08 12:36 A small boy & Outer Party father approach from the opposite direction, keeping their distance, small boy singing the Star Wars theme. I sing along, father looks furious. Oral social distancing taboo transgressed, or has the boy been singing it for the last week?
  • Wed Apr 08 19:16 The motorways are empty and some loony is cycling on one. My bads: A1 Oldenzaal (NL)-Osnabrück (DE) before it opened for cars, A4 Cádiz-Jerez in a rainstorm the morning after Alejandro Sanz appeared at carnival, & C65 Llagostera-Platja cos I got lost on the way to Sant Feliu
  • Wed Apr 08 19:34 Worst ever pub conversion? The Imperial Crown (1841 to 2003) (Taylor Walker's), 50 Talwin Street, Bromley-by-Bow. Photos don't evoke the full horror

  • Wed Apr 08 20:54 Polish mum I talked to this morning at the horse riding centre was embedding English words in Polish - ponyki instead of kucyki etc.
  • Wed Apr 08 20:57 Comment: My chance to try out Teraz nie pora szukać wymówek fakt, że skończyło się, dziś przyszedł inny, bogatszy i lepszy ode mnie i wraz z Tobą skradł szczęście me
  • Wed Apr 08 20:57 Comment: Or Now’s not the time to look for excuses, the truth is, it’s over today. Because another with money has tempted my honey & stolen my sunshine away
  • Wed Apr 08 23:36 Historia de Barcelona, 9/4: * Jueves Santo es el 09 de abril este año; en 1626 fue el 9 de abril * ... y en 1848 fue el 20 de abril * 1626: Felipe IV celebra su 21º cumpleaños lavando y besando los pies de 13 pobres (641) * 1631: Llevan a San Severo al… http://dlvr.it/RTR9Vn
  • Thu Apr 09 06:40 Some people are losing it. The Polish mum yesterday said, "I'd have gone mad by now if it weren't for the ponyki." But the deficient Chareidi lad I often meet being wheeled along the Lea still smiles & tries to fist bump, while his world suffers its gravest crisis since the 40s.
  • Thu Apr 09 06:42 Comment: If there's any justice, it is that the old guys who said the Jews wouldn't be touched have been the first to go, not their flocks, as in the case of the famous Satmar rabbi in 1944 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satmar_(Hasidic_dynasty)#World_War_II
  • Thu Apr 09 07:41 A Cerne Abbas giantess! https://mailchi.mp/sal/salon-newsletter-546817?e=5733b88178#mctoc2
  • Thu Apr 09 07:58 1931 English translation of Comedian Harmonists Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen - The way with every sailor: A sailor's love is strong but doesn't last for long. / How can a man be faithful when sailing to Hongkong?
  • Thu Apr 09 10:51 Barista webinar https://twitter.com/Transblawg/status/1248198983845117952
  • Thu Apr 09 14:14 Comment: @jaimebishop Amusing, because they ignored the crowd of (unmasked private) ambulance men outside takeaway on Chats Rd
  • Thu Apr 09 19:05 And there's me worrying if the police will let us move three miles tomorrow. Bring on the tumbrils. https://twitter.com/JoshHalliday/status/1248318622034001920
  • Thu Apr 09 19:11 Memento of the National Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Walsingham two years ago. Plus some china.

  • Thu Apr 09 19:19 Crisis brings out British retailers' hidden passion for imaginative spelling: "dear costumers" (Venerdì pizzeria), "monthers day flowers 90% off" (Well Street Tesco, a week after mother's day), and I've lost the rest

  • Thu Apr 09 19:56 It is not true that Beethoven regarded Hummel's music as a fate worse than deaf
  • Thu Apr 09 20:32 The Walthamstow marsh drummer He doesn't seem to be getting any better, but he is a lovely man
  • Thu Apr 09 20:46 Good comparison of European health system stats The UK spends quite a lot per cap but delivers pretty poor results https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/04/09/is-duitsland-europas-kampioen-gezondheidszorg-a3996384
  • Thu Apr 09 23:42 Historia de Barcelona, 10/4: * Viernes Santo/Viernes Bueno es el 10 de abril este año; en 1847 fue el 2 de abril * ... y en 1848 fue el 21 de abril * 1452: Menú al monasterio de santa Ana el lunes de Pascua (38) * 1624: Gran alboroto contra los… http://dlvr.it/RTVj7g
  • Fri Apr 10 06:11 Heard church bells this morning for the 1st time, at 5, presumably St Luke at Hackney, so noise pollution down? What to do with zombie churches? Problem solved at St Barnabas, Homerton, as elsewhere, by turning churchyard (rather than interior) into unregulated carpark
  • Fri Apr 10 06:16 Comment: Restricted parking meanwhile at the carpark where Coppermill Lane meets the railway. I'd have no prob with Coppermill being permanently blocked to casual traffic at the Lee Flood Relief Channel @LeeValleyPark @SaveLeaMarshes
  • Fri Apr 10 23:39 Historia de Barcelona, 11/4: * Sábado Santo es el 11 de abril este año; en 1847 fue el 3 de abril * ... y en 1847 fue el 3 de abril * ... y en 1847 fue el 3 de abril * ... y en 1848 fue el 22 de abril * 1278: Privilegio por Pedro el Grande a la ciudad de… http://dlvr.it/RTYsrQ
  • Sat Apr 11 06:54 For the birds

  • Sat Apr 11 10:47 Sounds again like D. Cameron, working on his life of Boccaccio https://twitter.com/Amanda_Vickery/status/1248887865687367680
  • Sat Apr 11 12:46 Comment: @DaveHill Maybe the balmy & the poor are more easily intimidated & staying at home. Maybe parks tend to be surrounded by expensive housing.
  • Sat Apr 11 13:37 Years ago I recall being photographed by a right tit. I think that's what you call a photographic mammary.
  • Sat Apr 11 18:54 Alfonso Villalong: The Lament of the Oppressed Bourgeois
  • Sat Apr 11 18:55 Comment: Draws on long French tradition of complaintes e.g. Robert Desnos' (organ-grinding) Complainte de Fantômas
  • Sat Apr 11 18:58 Comment: @tombcn By being the best thing ever it presumes to God's crown
  • Sat Apr 11 19:13 But Faith in The Pilgrim's Progress says "The hare cheweth the cud, but yet is unclean, because he parteth not the hoof." Classic nonsense from Leviticus 11:3-7 / Deuteronomy 14:6-8, ignored by the Spanish, who proverbially prefer hare to cat https://twitter.com/StrayRambler/status/1249051060095848450
  • Sat Apr 11 20:14 An anticipation of Flann O'Brien/Brian O'Nolan/Miles' parody in The Poor Mouth of Irish nationalist novelising in the work of the Romanian satirist Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912) http://migbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/flann-o-brien-and-caragiale.html
  • Sat Apr 11 23:40 Historia de Barcelona, 12/4: * Domingo de Resurrección es el 12 de abril este año; en 1847 fue el 4 de abril * ... y en 1848 fue el 23 de abril * ... y en 1842 fue el 27 de marzo * 1402: La universidad de Lérida se muda a Barcelona (17+6) * 1904:… http://dlvr.it/RTcN4G
  • Sun Apr 12 04:57 Thread. https://twitter.com/PKoellinger/status/1248301941442183168
  • Sun Apr 12 07:13 Another day, another opportunity to denounce yet more Romeos & Juliets seen in public places https://twitter.com/joshbythesea/status/1249031039374241794
  • Sun Apr 12 07:27 London clouds have begun to look like countryside clouds - less tied down - can't really explain what I mean, but there it is
  • Sun Apr 12 13:28 RT @GhostwoodsBooks: We're considering doing a new anthology. Before we put up the call for submissions, we're working on cover ideas. @gab
  • Sun Apr 12 18:26 RT @TenuredRadical: BREAKING NEWS: I have been feeling unwell the last two days - tired, headache, foggy brain. I have been concerned about…
  • Sun Apr 12 18:32 A rather curious home for the duration, in E1
  • Sun Apr 12 18:41 Nigerian ladies are clearly still attending salons, & a Windian barber was conducting business (i.e. sitting around talking to a load of guys) with the rollers down, but Ali Barberz (& the 40 Weaves?) has taken to streets & homes in Whitechapel & Stepney. Quotes mainly hiphop

  • Sun Apr 12 18:44 Queue outside Asda at Mile End at 11 this morning, even though the store was closed today
  • Sun Apr 12 23:38 Historia de Barcelona, 13/4: * Lunes de Pascua es el 13 de abril este año; en 1848 fue el 24 de abril * ... y en 1452 fue el 10 de abril * 1716: Son quemados por el verdugo los privilegios de la ciudad (25) * 1848: Fiesta de la conversión de María… http://dlvr.it/RTfjLH
  • Mon Apr 13 05:28 V sad, but why would anyone buy, at rates 50% above supermarket, takeaway cask beer that's been sitting in a pub cellar for at least three weeks?
  • Mon Apr 13 06:36 Perhaps some of those of us without plague antibodies will be incarcerated in the remains of Snoozebox at Stratford.

  • Mon Apr 13 06:53 Unfinished propaganda
  • Mon Apr 13 08:28 What looks like a popup Gadgets Inspector in a halal grocer at Bromley-by-Bow, possibly violating the conventional distinction between wet and dry markets. What happens if Covid-19 infects your tablet?
  • Mon Apr 13 08:29 Comment: @tombcn You're not a member, are you?
  • Mon Apr 13 08:32 "Boys Choir Cometh" on Weston House, King Edward's Road, Hackney. Search me.
  • Mon Apr 13 09:36 Possibly the best pandemic song: "I got it from Agnes" by Tom Lehrer
  • Mon Apr 13 18:39 Two Biblical plant metaphors from Tower Hamlets Cemetery, for John Frank Baker and the family vault of the two Henry Bears. The 2nd is given: John 12:24: Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit

  • Mon Apr 13 23:43 Historia de Barcelona, 14/4: * 1481: En Calatayud Fernando II designa a Isabel de Castilla como corregente, gobernadora y administradora en los reinos de la Corona de Aragón (0+51) * 1716: Establecimiento de la real Audiencia (15) * 1848: Fiesta de San… http://dlvr.it/RTjrBj
  • Tue Apr 14 10:20 Historiography of flour/yeast/egg shortage hypotheses: 1) Middle class home baking while pretending to work 2) Supermarkets are prioritising bread & buns cos better margin 3) Govt has told them to do so cos 3rd world revolutions often start with bread riots
  • Tue Apr 14 10:30 People ask how I keep my beardless bonce burnished in these unbarbarised times, and it's simple: I dress babe in her chammy leather suit, put her on top, and spin her at 33⅓ RPM
  • Tue Apr 14 10:32 Corona doesn't screw up kids, isolation does. Therapists are going to be raking it in for decades. https://twitter.com/ibexsalad/status/1249983136345325568
  • Tue Apr 14 13:58 Doggerel of the day, from the stone in Tower Hamlets Cemetery for John & Elizabeth Avery, who died on September something something aged 5: This lovely bud, so young, so fair, Called hence by early doom, Just came to show how sweet a flower In paradise would bloom.
  • Tue Apr 14 14:06 Comment: Like many sentimental tomb inscriptions, this is in fact pre-Victorian, and unlike most we have provenance: in 1824 Mary Roberts of Holyhead died of consumption aged 14 or 15 ("in the 15th year of her age"), and her sister wrote a poem https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6PEDAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA235

  • Tue Apr 14 14:22 Comment: Oh no! Miss Roberts may have nicked the verse (but perhaps not all the poem) from a famous doggerelist, Rev. Legh Richmond, who quotes it in an improving tale called The Young Cottager (1817) about another young consumptive (& epitaph fiend), (possibly his own daughter)
  • Tue Apr 14 14:27 Comment: And the rest is plagiarised from an 1820 eulogy to the wife of Rev David Peter, Theological Tutor at Carmarthen College, published NB in the same journal as Miss Roberts' later "work", the Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle! I hope God doesn't read Twitter
  • Tue Apr 14 18:40 Photographing the Wine Lodge on Fenchurch Street with the pram brake unsecured. Posh lady: You can lose everything else, but don't lose the baby!
  • Tue Apr 14 18:44 Comment: This was the scene of the session following the last old heave-ho. In comes the big boss: "Terribly sorry, 9/11, you know how the Germans are, dadada, anything I can do for you I will." "6 pints of Heineken." The man orders. "Now fack off." Oh dear.
  • Tue Apr 14 20:20 Why aren't people jazz-handing the NHS from their balconies? Clapping is disrespectful & aggressive
  • Tue Apr 14 21:10 Habemus ova! Now for a chicken.
  • Tue Apr 14 21:46 Comment: @thhamilton There's plenty of 5G, but the old have been hoarding it
  • Tue Apr 14 23:42 Historia de Barcelona, 15/4: * 1134: San Olegario y la entrada de los Templarios en la Corona de Aragón (339) * 1493: Una visión romántica de la recepción de Colón por los Reyes Católicos (775) * 1507: Empezada la capilla de san Sebastián por voto de la… http://dlvr.it/RTnPZy
  • Wed Apr 15 11:33 This toy does not provide protection.
  • Wed Apr 15 12:22 RT @mattjamesd: @MPSKingsPark @MPSHackney Hmmm
  • Wed Apr 15 18:21 RT @mavroboy: Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. My grandpa, Maurice Hewlett, was…
  • Wed Apr 15 18:41 Waltham ("wood-settlement") Forest is a rather silly invented borough, but Tower Hamlets makes reasonable sense: hamlets outside the City pertaining for militia purposes to the Tower in the City. This plaque (Salmon/Barnes) identifies the border of one of those villages, Ratcliff

  • Wed Apr 15 18:45 Comment: (Of course, Walthamstow is also silly: wood-settlement-place)
  • Wed Apr 15 18:56 Salt herring production - human & fish behaviour. Dutch decadence towards the end of the period is quite shocking https://twitter.com/PoulsenBo/status/1250310863229075462
  • Wed Apr 15 18:59 Comment: @Transblawg The question is, against what?
  • Wed Apr 15 19:20 Doggerel of the day: Alice Burnett, St Dunstan's, Stepney, who died suddenly 3/2/1841 aged 46: Death like a winged arrow quickly came And called to dust this frail, this mortal frame The unfettered spirit left the house of clay To live and reign with Christ in endless day
  • Wed Apr 15 19:27 Comment: I haven't found this verse anywhere else, & it sounds Wesleyan to my untutored ear. The Stepney Meeting House burial ground just round the corner was Independent
  • Wed Apr 15 20:00 Guy who went out to the Canaries to visit his boyfriend's parents, who turned out to be homophobic, & now they're all in lockdown together
  • Wed Apr 15 21:01 Covid-19 versus Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, London is resolved by reference to Monty Python's Holy Grail: "'tis but a scratch"

  • Wed Apr 15 21:02 Comment: @jpchapela Pure sitcom
  • Wed Apr 15 21:08 Comment: @jpchapela & all the time in the world to write it
  • Wed Apr 15 21:26 Comment: Classy, but not hugely encouraging
  • Wed Apr 15 23:48 Historia de Barcelona, 16/4: * 1549: Carlos I de España jura los fueros (14) * 1843: Apertura del Teatro Nuevo (7) * 1848: Domingo de Ramos (324/i) * 1918: Pla: De vegades em passejo pels carrers amb l’exclusiu objecte de mirar la cara dels homes i de… http://dlvr.it/RTs2KB
  • Thu Apr 16 05:38 RT @williamfiennes: 75 years ago. My father, 24, was a junior officer with the 11th Armoured Division. They’d landed at Normandy, lost men…
  • Thu Apr 16 05:39 Surgeon: There's no surgery to do, so they've got me working as a porter. Nurse: We've made management switch back to letting us work in fixed teams, like it used to be 15 years ago, which looks like poor resource management but produces better results.
  • Thu Apr 16 06:58 St Dunstan & All Saints, Stepney, has been subsumed by Mr Sugarmountain's true Universal Church and can now be found at http://facebook.com/Dunstan952
  • Thu Apr 16 07:04 Comment: Re the song Oranges & Lemons: it's a shame that the Lemon family vault is at St Dunstan & not St Clement Danes or St Clement Eastcheap (Oranges and Lemons, / Ring ye bells at St. Clements vs When will that be, / Ring ye Bells at Stepney)
  • Fri Apr 17 00:30 Historia de Barcelona, 17/4: * 1456: El día de San Jorge es declarado fiesta oficial (55+25) * 1919: Pla: Trobo Hermós, mudat com un senyor * ☼ 06:06-19:35, 13:29 horas; ☾ luna menguante, iluminación 49,38%, antigüedad 22 días * ✞ Acacio de Melitene,… http://dlvr.it/RTw8zn
  • Fri Apr 17 07:27 Comment: @Transblawg I wonder if there's a load of shit going on with the metaphor about mud houses being closer to God's heart than stone ones - a kind of architectural Cain & Abel
  • Fri Apr 17 07:32 RT @Barristerblog: This is worse than sitting on a park bench. Worse even than sunbathing. Why aren't the police arresting these people? ht…
  • Fri Apr 17 07:32 Comment: @Transblawg Are you really saying I photoshopped it?
  • Fri Apr 17 08:09 "Stay strong guys we will beat this Coved 19 because thats what we do because we r English ?" Stamford Hill less confident about the "because we r Jewish" since the demise of Rabbi Pinter, but there's a lot of unjustified paranoia amongst the young and healthy generally.
  • Fri Apr 17 08:12 Tower Hamlets Borough Council seems to have got pragmatic about the 2 metre rule, and paints it at roughly 1 metre in Victoria Park & elsewhere. Surely not attributable to incompetence...
  • Fri Apr 17 08:30 #DoggerelOfTheDay: "Of any names not graved in perishable stone / God holds eternal record in his heart alone" (+ "Greater love hath no man…"), on the superb Great War memorial at St. Anne's Limehouse. The bas relief panel shows an extraordinary scene of desolation. Who did it?

  • Fri Apr 17 08:40 Comment: @Transblawg Now my brain's broken again
  • Fri Apr 17 13:07 Worrying last night because flour was down to a bit of spelt and white, and then this morning unexpectedly 32 kg turns up on the doorstep
  • Fri Apr 17 18:37 Comment: @Transblawg I heard them tell the guard
  • Fri Apr 17 18:48 Life has become so brutal that babe can now imitate the horrible bubbling gasps of a man whose lung has been ripped open by shrapnel or a grizzly
  • Fri Apr 17 19:06 Sardinian Silvia writes "I live just the next door" & you already hear the accent, but in Italian you say "Vivo proprio accanto" - no article

  • Fri Apr 17 19:38 3 hypotheses heard re local mutual aid groups: 1) Libertarian: Similar wording, so Nozick-ian proto-states - security with future payback 2) Libertarian later: No competition, so MI5 keeping tabs on us 3) Bengali: Ditto, so HMG can kill off old & conspiracy theorists like him
  • Fri Apr 17 22:13 Mexico to bail out mariachis, organ-grinders & botargas (buffoons/mascots)! https://twitter.com/OrganillerosMex/status/1251269355524030464
  • Fri Apr 17 22:13 Comment: I didn't know about botargas https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botarga_(vestuario)
  • Sat Apr 18 00:32 Historia de Barcelona, 18/4: * 1807: Frutos, géneros y efectos admitidos libres de aranceles aduaneros a la ciudad (132+383) * 1809: Un policía en cada casa de juego (204) * 1937: Batalla de Torre Baró (105) * 1938: Llegan 10 aviones de Stalin (80) * ☼… http://dlvr.it/RTzXms
  • Sat Apr 18 06:49 Comment: Nor that mascots are encouraged to fight
  • Sat Apr 18 07:10 Comment: @charlottelevene We just received 32 kg of flour by mistake, conscience shot to pieces. I have a filthy song about viruses that I must record xx
  • Sat Apr 18 07:13 I keep hoping that I'll find something of Tom Stoppard's Moon & Birdboot (Real Inspector Hound) in Statler & Waldorf (Muppets), but nope
  • Sat Apr 18 07:15 Comment: Brag: I was once Moon with, on Birdboot, the author of Economics: A Complete Introduction https://amzn.to/34KcP8E
  • Sat Apr 18 07:20 Tossed pots are normally on sale just inside Aldgate. The kitchen must be quite unsavoury
  • Sat Apr 18 07:24 Chinese investors marketing their London etc. flats to Chinese students
  • Sat Apr 18 07:29 Overwhelming urge to do the walls as part of my daily pram-push https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Great_fire_of_london_map.png
  • Sat Apr 18 08:49 Comment: @charlottelevene MI5 is our good fairy - they heard us talking about how we couldn't get flour & hey presto
  • Sat Apr 18 08:50 Would people pay to watch me cutting someone's hair?
  • Sat Apr 18 14:34 Comment: @charlottelevene The deed is done!
  • Sat Apr 18 20:02 A good mad scientist story by Ray Girvan https://ghostofthedoll.co.uk/jamiespracklen/visionarytongue/mad-love-by-ray-girvan/
  • Sat Apr 18 20:23 I always thought that "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" was actually about breasts and that the chorus went "Roll-a-bowl-a ball, a penny a pinch"
  • Sat Apr 18 20:31 Where there's a will, there's an angle grinder
  • Sat Apr 18 21:27 Comment: @MamaMoose_Be Geen enkel probleem hahaha
  • Sat Apr 18 22:10 RT @OldOswestryFort: Old Oswestry's plight in an amazing #cartoon by @johnswogger Good enough for a national #news feature. Object to pl…
  • Sun Apr 19 00:35 Historia de Barcelona, 19/4: * 1848: Miércoles Santo, 1848 (1393) * 1919: Pla: Dissabte Sant * ☼ 06:03-19:37, 13:34 horas; ☾ luna menguante, iluminación 49,38%, antigüedad 22 días * ✞ Elfego, León IX * Tiempo: 00-06: cubierto con lluvia, 16⁰C; 06-12:… http://dlvr.it/RV25HD
  • Sun Apr 19 06:53 This is the new favourite study of organ grinders & monkeys: drinking without anti-social distancing in parks and in cider dives is fine, but gastropubs remain closed & the entire population of Barcelona has to turn off the A/C with which they heat up the streets https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/1251556084424347649
  • Sun Apr 19 06:55 Comment: PS My study of transmission via aerosolized faeces with n = 1, entitled "When the shit hits the fan", has already been rejected as showing an infantile misunderstanding of generation vs transport
  • Sun Apr 19 07:00 Comment: @charlottelevene I will ask C to send - nowt new alas. I hope you shared with her. I was worried she would end up looking like a Basque terrorist - the women were immediately identifiable because they'd been cutting their own hair in hiding, and their fans all started cutting their hair likewise
  • Sun Apr 19 07:09 The Spanish corona-arrest wordplay confinado/confitado also works in Early Modern English: confinèd/confited, i.e. in a jam. (Landry/Caxton, Knight of the Tower: He hath take his hert out of his bely / And wel dressyd and confyted in sugre and spyces and hath made yow to ete it)
  • Sun Apr 19 07:34 Ghost door from Bellevue Place to Charrington's Anchor Brewery at Mile End († 1975), + the old Charrington's social Toby Club (Hoare trademark) behind


  • Sun Apr 19 07:51 Speculation that Monty Python's "'Tis but a scratch" (currently on at the Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road) is misremembered from moribund Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet - "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough. Where is my page? - Go, villain, fetch a surgeon."
  • Sun Apr 19 09:27 Of course, in the 1850s it would have been camels to right of them, camels to left of them, camels in front of them, spittled & chundered, dadada rode the six hundred https://twitter.com/SirWilliamD/status/1251771332532088833
  • Sun Apr 19 16:20 Comment: @tombcn Many think corona nullifies GDPR
  • Sun Apr 19 19:11 There are Wikipedia pages about Orson Welles' Don Quixote in English, French, Italian, Japanese and Polish, but not Spanish
  • Sun Apr 19 19:35 London/country clouds: Richard Jefferies, After London (1885): Old men say their fathers told them that soon after the fields were left to themselves a change became visible. It became green everywhere in the first spring, after London ended, so that all the country looked alike.
  • Sun Apr 19 20:53 Tollet Street dates from the time before risk assessments were performed on new street names
  • Sun Apr 19 20:56 Hello! I am a virus cousins with the flu and cold
  • Sun Apr 19 21:00 "And if you think London's a fantasy, then you haven't seen Andalusia." Admittedly this is not the best view in Limehouse
  • Sun Apr 19 21:04 RIP Matilda, William, Elizabeth and Elisabeth Smellie, Tower Hamlets Cemetery
  • Sun Apr 19 21:12 Keen ears will recall the latter couplet of the epitaph for poor little Hilda Isabella Berenstein, in Tower Hamlets Cemetery: We miss thee when the morning dawns, / We miss thee when the night returns, / We miss thee here, we miss thee there, / My child, we miss thee everywhere.
  • Mon Apr 20 00:35 Historia de Barcelona, 20/4: * 1439: Una oveja es indebidamente embargada bajo concepto de derecho de lezda (359) * 1632: Borrasca en el mar y pérdida de bajeles (875) * 1848: Jueves Santo, 1848 (838) * 1897: Pi y Margall: el Real Decreto que permite a… http://dlvr.it/RV4RQj
  • Mon Apr 20 05:48 "Down the rabbit hole" to get to the rear of 37 Stepney Green
  • Mon Apr 20 06:26 Comment: Tower Hamlets Cemetery is of course a great human warren, and on a higgledy-piggledy path, when the ground suddenly subsides, one can almost feel hundreds of thousands of zombie hands reaching up for the pram
  • Mon Apr 20 06:50 No they're not, pillock
  • Mon Apr 20 06:54 Cormorant drying its wings on the Lea towpath
  • Mon Apr 20 13:25 Ralph Lauren at Canary Wharf is navigating an unprecedented dynamic. To navigate a dynamic global market has become commonplace, but I think this is a new and worrying sign of language to come.

  • Mon Apr 20 13:32 The Shard & the City from Dundee Wharf (ca. 4.5 km) with a £50 camera. I've never known the air so clear and fresh, even on the Thames - smelt a security guard's pipe at 50 m. OK, excellent east wind again, but still...
  • Mon Apr 20 13:43 Comment: (I'd normally expect terrible hayfever on a beautiful late April day like this, but it's very mild, & that's surely ex the drop in pollution)
  • Mon Apr 20 16:30 I guess Coffee Romana because coffee is feminine in Romanian, unlike any other language I can think of. Perhaps it came ex French & pronunciation made folk assimilate it to nouns with stressed final ea or ia, which are always feminine. On Mile End Road, & I hope they get to open
  • Mon Apr 20 18:57 Comment: @MrTimDunn Same planet - no flour to be had in Waitrose or Tesco
  • Mon Apr 20 19:34 Ravel conducting Boléro in 1930 with André Lafosse at 08:40. All pretty curious
  • Tue Apr 21 00:37 Historia de Barcelona, 21/4: * 1486: Desde Castilla, Fernando II dicta sentencia arbitral acabando con algunos de los peores abusos de la oligarquía catalana y abriendo camino a la emancipación de los siervos (698+77) * 1555: Noticia de la muerte de… http://dlvr.it/RV7rxF
  • Tue Apr 21 05:34 A West Highland (?) terrier contemplating life and death in the local churchyard. The owner, a very nice man, trundling along on his gocart, was surrounded by an illegal gathering of pigeons, so conversation was limited.
  • Tue Apr 21 06:35 RIP Víctor Nubla https://twitter.com/Indigestio/status/1251933477957705728
  • Tue Apr 21 06:48 Comment: @FrancesJAndrew1 @OldOswestryFort @HistoricEngland @OfForts There's the theory that Historic England is fine but just dealing with the wrong issues: Public Health England should handle heritage (conservatively) & Historic England should deal with the lockdown (experimentally)
  • Tue Apr 21 12:24 "I said to my son, hey, on the 27th you'll be able to go out, and he said to me, do I have to?" https://twitter.com/hombrerevenido/status/1252530669223321600
  • Tue Apr 21 13:01 Comment: @tombcn https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-03/that-time-i-tried-to-buy-some-crude-oil
  • Tue Apr 21 13:06 Lockdown: people vs property - Mile End awash with junkies, thanks to the Sylheti heroin gangs Babe now gets tired of pram 2 km from home, so her on 1 arm & pram with the other. A kind but wasted individual approaches: Do you want me to carry the baby? I'm going your way.
  • Tue Apr 21 13:12 Probably 1000s of better versions out there of this shot of the reflection in 20 Fenchurch St, aka the Walkie-Talkie. Lunch used to be on floor 25 of the William H. Rogers predecessor
  • Tue Apr 21 13:39 Comment: @PlanningShit
  • Tue Apr 21 16:25 Comment: @PlanningShit Fraid not, tho this shows work in progress: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5258966,-0.0117587,3a,75y,256.08h,88.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVctmyb36BgJ5kVIkvCjLeA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  • Tue Apr 21 18:25 Comment: @PlanningShit Eh voila https://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14378/imperial-crown-bow https://whatpub.com/img/ELC/14378/imperial-crown-bow/298/224/22007432
  • Tue Apr 21 19:13 This quasi-doggerel by Robert Montgomery & Mark Titchner predates the great corvid pecking out our organs, but seems to be being posted (anon) now to encourage us. Recalls motivational quotes on dodgy RightMove sitting room walls. Would look good huge & high on Senate House

  • Tue Apr 21 19:19 Comment: The applicant neglected to reveal that the colour scheme is actually the flag of Extremadura, Spain, upside down, so now all we need is to find some offended native to blow the bloody thing up
  • Tue Apr 21 19:20 Comment: Quotes for Google: "A quiet prayer holds over London" & "Please believe these days will pass"
  • Tue Apr 21 20:37 "Alien girl collar man" at Royal Mail Whitechapel
  • Tue Apr 21 20:39 At Watchfinder at Canary Wharf they hunt down watches and burn them at the stake
  • Tue Apr 21 21:07 Comment: @Transblawg All that great class of fried-chicken-and-chips birds are getting desperate - I saw a miserable-looking heron eat a frog the other day
  • Wed Apr 22 00:39 Historia de Barcelona, 22/4: * 1452: Barcelona pide a varios conventos oraciones para acabar con varias pestilencias (48+71/i) * 1533: Llega Carlos I por sorpresa en caballo de Italia via Rosas (22) * 1706: Asesinado el conceller en cap en el campanario… http://dlvr.it/RVCR3V
  • Wed Apr 22 06:26 Comment: @tombcn Wahahaha karma
  • Wed Apr 22 06:40 The English Wikipedia article on brickwork is superb, but I still don't know the history of e.g. Flemish bond https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brickwork#Load-bearing_bonds
  • Wed Apr 22 06:50 I could almost get to like Matt Hancock https://twitter.com/_SalmanAnwar/status/1252634756979793920
  • Wed Apr 22 06:53 I've obviously been premasticating since 3 months because of the nutritional, immunological & social benefits conferred on babe, not because it enables me surreptitiously to increase my portions
  • Wed Apr 22 08:30 Comment: @srabsenta En Inglaterra te lo tiene que hacer el médico de cabecera, y no vienen por miedo, así que ahora se improvisa con cuidadores, familiares. Un abrazo!
  • Wed Apr 22 08:43 Towers: view along Lombard St (with the Grasshopper at what was Martin's Bank & the Cat & Fiddle at the old Scotch Commercial Bank) towards Fenchurch St & No. 20; up Gracechurch St towards Bishopsgate from the junction; & down Gracechurch to the Monument


  • Wed Apr 22 08:44 Comment: I think of the memorial to the Great Fire as a Monument to lunchtime drinking - up & down the tower as a freshener, & there were several dozen certificates in my desk
  • Wed Apr 22 08:47 Comment: Apparently it's Thomas Gresham's grasshopper & the cat a fiddling marked a Tudor junk shop https://lookup.london/hanging-signs-lombard-street/
  • Wed Apr 22 08:59 Buttocks or titties? https://elorganillero.com/blog/2014/09/09/the-titties-of-maria-guevara/ https://twitter.com/HenryRothwell/status/1245360737444388864
  • Wed Apr 22 19:52 Traffic feels much higher this week. Some people I know say they would like to maintain the current low pollution environment, but none seem to think that this should impact on their personal travel options, so I guess we'll all be back in cars & planes shortly
  • Wed Apr 22 20:38 Vic DiBitetto https://twitter.com/phl43/status/1253053721753407489
  • Thu Apr 23 00:42 Historia de Barcelona, 23/4: * 1382: Duelo con consecuencia fatal entre Atarazanas y Montjuic (188) * 1490: Fechada la Piedad Desplá, obra maestra de Bermejo (19+246/i) * 1533: Empieza una fiesta de San Jorge de cinco días para Carlos I (544) * 1720:… http://dlvr.it/RVH0Z8
  • Thu Apr 23 06:56 Pretty sensible English-language coverage of Sweden, which seems to have been adopted by the delusional right (as it previously was by the delusional left) as a utopia https://www.thelocal.se/20200310/timeline-how-the-coronavirus-has-developed-in-sweden
  • Thu Apr 23 07:28 Gorgeous dinner lady demanded to push pram the last 1/2 mile along Mile End Rd yesterday so I could carry babe properly, & delighted babe by totally ignoring anti-social distancing. Even if you're only 6 months, being cooped up with a couple of people must be pretty hard
  • Thu Apr 23 07:43 Of course putti are allowed to fold their wings, but it would help at this time if this City cherub didn't look so porcine and smug
  • Thu Apr 23 08:25 Bamburghboozled https://twitter.com/annilauri2/status/1253229451804098560
  • Thu Apr 23 11:56 People ask why I don't do more vacuuming around the house, and I say, "Don't you know how dangerous those things are? It's simply Dyson with death."
  • Thu Apr 23 14:00 Stick-on dormers https://twitter.com/TourGuideLiverp/status/1253310995596021760
  • Thu Apr 23 14:13 Crosses sometimes creep back where you least expect them: Coral bookmakers on Fenchurch St. But the flag of St George wasn't flying on the Bank of England.
  • Thu Apr 23 14:49 Comment: @tombcn But presumably not through necessity
  • Thu Apr 23 18:24 Comment: @Transblawg It's such a shame - D was a good solo act
  • Thu Apr 23 19:57 E1 gardeners seem to generally agree that they never imagined they'd see so many bees. Perhaps wet winter & hot spring, but also fresh air state of emergency https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1253409671387348992
  • Thu Apr 23 20:01 #DoggerelOfTheDay 1749, re Leicestershire, "where mud walls abound": Enough of Homer's gods and godlike kings, Of plain mud walls my muse more humble sings. Slight not the theme, for plain mud walls must be The last receptacle of you and me. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=X2I3AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA230
  • Thu Apr 23 20:05 Comment: @Transblawg It's curious: with that name he'd have been a great electrician
  • Thu Apr 23 20:25 It's not just Romanian fruit pickers threatening the nation: here's a Romanian taxi outside St Edmund, King & Martyr on Lombard Street. It is not known what the passenger said on arriving from Bucharest, only to find a distinct lack of spiritual direction
  • Fri Apr 24 00:44 Historia de Barcelona, 24/4: * 1829: Ábrese la Real Fábrica de Cigarros (48+529) * 1848: Lunes de Pascua, 1848 (849) * 1918: Pla: Quan en una casa hi ha un boig explícit, gairebé tots els qui formen part de la família ho són una mica * 1919: Pla: Com… http://dlvr.it/RVLb4y
  • Fri Apr 24 06:53 Food for my confirmation bias: don't bother with ventilators; don't hug but don't worry about doorknobs; ban A/C; anti-social distancing not very smart (supermarkets...); stay outdoors; wear masks (local takeaway selling them at 99p to drivers) http://www.arnoldkling.com/blog/what-i-have-come-to-believe/
  • Fri Apr 24 07:01 Rol's top 10 isolation songs http://histopten.blogspot.com/2020/04/my-top-ten-isolation-songs.html
  • Fri Apr 24 07:01 Looks like $hit, sounds like $hit. Nice one, Manchester http://www.sonicwonders.org/beetham-tower/
  • Sat Apr 25 00:47 Historia de Barcelona, 25/4: * 1333: Hambre grandísima y subida de precios, peste (101+5) * 1533: Carlos I ofrece pagar las tarifas aduaneras sobre su ropa (47) * 1706: Cae Montjuic a los borbónicos, muriendo su ingeniero en jefe (40+162) * 1970: "Primer… http://dlvr.it/RVQ4Zq
  • Sat Apr 25 06:25 Greggs, Cheapside: We are closed. Sorry if anything.
  • Sat Apr 25 06:42 Mad debate between wannabe Scythians https://twitter.com/narangestan/status/1222766067098976256
  • Sat Apr 25 07:46 More improving posters. Yesterday I again met the Bangladeshi conspiracy theorist, who believes they're govt sponsored, but he also believes Boris is dead & Rishi Sunak is running a death squad, going round in a van at night dragging people out of their homes

  • Sat Apr 25 11:43 Weird #DoggerelOfTheDay inc nice organ: Bully Buhlan Ich hab' mich so an Dich gewöhnt: Wenn Du älter wirst & die Figur wird langsam rund/Wenn Du Brillen trägst & kannst mich kaum mehr seh'n/Was auch immer kommt für mich gibt 's keinen Scheidungsgrund etc
  • Sat Apr 25 11:49 Barcelona uses distancing during deconfinement as excuse to give considerable street space ("temporarily") over to bikes & pedestrians https://www.lavanguardia.com/local/barcelona/20200425/48704357907/barcelona-espacio-coches-aceras-carriles-bici-desconfinamiento-coronavirus.html
  • Sat Apr 25 14:03 Alcohol is banned in South Africa, of all places
  • Sat Apr 25 17:58 The Monument to the Fire of London, and at 5 King William Street the Phoenix Assurance Company (1915-83, now Daiwa). I guess employees of the latter thought of the former on arriving at work in the morning & thought, "If only..."



  • Sat Apr 25 18:03 Comment: Another old insurance company seen this morning: Scottish Widows, on Change Alley, off Lombard Street, with Bellerophon & Pegasus & "Take time by the forelock". Googling I find an excellent blog called Symbols & Secrets with excellent photos https://symbolsandsecrets.london/2017/11/30/insurance-company-ghosts/

  • Sat Apr 25 18:42 Comment: (Assurance covers certainties, like death, whereas insurance deals in possibilities, like fire, so I may have used the wrong word above)
  • Sat Apr 25 20:38 Lord Lambton didn't retreat to Italy after the sex & drugs scandal that ended his career, but became a Knightsbridge street sweeper
  • Sat Apr 25 20:40 RT @Chasmanthium: @GirloftheN Cue my favourite ever advert...
  • Sun Apr 26 00:49 Historia de Barcelona, 26/4: * 0911: Muere el conde Wifredo II de Barcelona (15) * 1556: Justas en el Born (4/i) * 1814: Alegria y peleas al firmarse la retirada francesa (217) * 1918: Pla: A certes hores del dia, a l’hora baixa, per exemple, el perfum… http://dlvr.it/RVSfqK
  • Sun Apr 26 04:50 #DoggerelOfTheDay is the beginning of the satirical poem "Philpot Street: Or, the Infidels of Stepney", 1856 by Joseph Cartwright, re the 1850s battle between religious & rationalist lecturers for the minds of the poor in the Commercial Hall https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=a7k73JsnuCsC

  • Sun Apr 26 04:52 Comment: An additional exhibit from 1861, when religion seemed to have won the battle, but poor attendances indicated who would win the war, perhaps in our lifetimes
  • Sun Apr 26 05:00 Donate to the now income-less Mexican organ grinders & they'll send you a framed postcard. I may manage something similar for my Amazon wishlist It's time someone did a reprint of Les Dawson's dystopic novel - 55 quid is madness https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/13UIQOFMNNHQ3?ref_=wl_share https://twitter.com/OrganillerosMex/status/1254255042447781888
  • Sun Apr 26 06:51 Spitting banned at New Spitalfields I still don't know whether they & Smithfield & New Billingsgate are going to the power station in Barking https://newspitalfieldsmarket.co.uk/news/social-distancing-rules-for-everyone-using-our-market
  • Sun Apr 26 08:58 Curious use for fruit in these revolutionary times. When babe drops lemons she juggles, there is a thud and then a roll - echoes of the guillotine https://twitter.com/AndrewHammel1/status/1254324676349829120
  • Sun Apr 26 12:14 RT @OldOswestryFort: Iron Age fort ‘where Guinevere was born’ at risk from builders | News | The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iron-age-fort-where-guinevere-was-born-at-risk-from-builders-wjgmg8hxh
  • Sun Apr 26 16:43 New ghost signs used to authenticate a housing development https://twitter.com/crystalbennes/status/1254349267692552192
  • Sun Apr 26 18:39 This is particularly lovely because the man doesn't drink https://www.tiktok.com/@kyscottt/video/6815758866769349894
  • Mon Apr 27 00:46 Historia de Barcelona, 27/4: * 1460: Bacanal en el Consejo de Ciento (31) * 1706: Las tropas aliadas entran en la ciudad, supuestamente desembarcando en barcas de pescadores (533/i) * 1919: Pla: La primavera, tan aèria, té, sobre el cos, un pes… http://dlvr.it/RVW5vJ
  • Mon Apr 27 04:51 Matins from the relatined Book of Common Prayer. Quite distant from pronunciation of conservative Spanish priests Ecoutez bien les cris des mutins Qui gueulent sur les toits des nouveaux matins
  • Mon Apr 27 05:03 #DoggerelOfTheDay The Old Woman's Wish, ex Wit & Mirth (1712). I don't get the "bit" in line 3 (Let me have a warm bit, with two more in store): uterine / relationships / children / meals? https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=11tcAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA19

  • Mon Apr 27 05:04 Comment: Mumping is mumbling/grimacing > presumably mumps. A mumper is a (genteel) beggar
  • Mon Apr 27 13:20 Two collapsers on the main road this morning: respectable elderly Bengali gent, heart and/or lungs, demanded one final cigarette before the ambulance carted him off; emaciated & soiled white English lady, probably with everything except corona. But things seem calmer.
  • Mon Apr 27 13:53 Maybe @ArchiveBank knows more about the carving, labelled [Illegible] Beati Martini (The Something of St Martin), down Change Alley East, to the right of the grasshopper at 68 Lombard St. Presumably connected to Martin's Bank
  • Mon Apr 27 13:56 Comment: Doesn't appear in Edward Matthew Ward's 1847 painting "The South Sea Bubble, a Scene in ‘Change Alley in 1720" or on the Martins Bank page about the site http://www.martinsbank.co.uk/11-00-10%20London%20City%20Office%2068%20Lombard%20Street.htm
  • Mon Apr 27 14:07 Comment: Curious that insects in the district are called grasshoppers not locusts, particularly as Martin's Bank's telegraphic address was CICALA - a cicada or periodic locust, not a grasshopper. No explanation for the grasshopper attribution, while locust - business cycle - makes sense
  • Mon Apr 27 15:06 Comment: @DrFrancisYoung @DannyBate4 Aurally, Portuguese & Russian
  • Mon Apr 27 18:53 In: all those wistful 19th century fantasies of touching one's neighbours. Out: 20th century porkfests.
  • Tue Apr 28 00:48 Historia de Barcelona, 28/4: * 1770: Traslado del archivo de la corona de Aragón del palacio real al archivo de la Audiencia (17) * 1848: Fiesta de san Prudencio (27) * 1901: Hasta 8 de mayo, graves disturbios promovidos por los catalanistas (0) * 1918:… http://dlvr.it/RVZZL5
  • Tue Apr 28 04:59 #DoggerelOfTheDay The Cavalier poet Robert Herrick "Upon a blear-eyed woman" (Hesperides, 1648): Withered with years, and bed-rid mamma lies; Dry-roasted all, but raw yet in her eyes. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LV8iAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA119
  • Tue Apr 28 07:11 Comment: Herrick is famous for another verse from the collection: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, To-morrow will be dying.
  • Tue Apr 28 20:31 Anal horsemanship
  • Tue Apr 28 22:24 Historia de Barcelona, 29/4: * 1462: Es sacada la bandera municipal en los ventanales de la casa de la ciudad durante la guerra civil (49) * 1842: Romería a la ermita de san Pedro Mártir, 1842 (48) * 1848: Romería a la ermita de san Pedro Mártir, 1848… http://dlvr.it/RVf0ZN
  • Wed Apr 29 06:41 The Farming Today theory that there is a huge flour surplus & it's only unavailable because of a lack of 1.5 kg bags would be convincing if you could buy it in the standard 16 kg bags, but you can't
  • Wed Apr 29 06:50 Babe prefers household rubbish to all the toys acquired for her (apart from Mr Frog), but one curiosity is that she when presented with a banana she focuses on chewing the skin
  • Wed Apr 29 07:25 Comment: @Transblawg Where?! We've still got two that were misdelivered
  • Wed Apr 29 08:53 Comment: @Transblawg Tesco stoneground wholemeal is very good, so that's what I'm after now. We're hanging onto the unexpected sacks - light rye & white, fine.
  • Wed Apr 29 11:49 Comment: @Transblawg There's a thought. I believe virtually all the grain used for Brit artisan flour is shipped in anyway, so it's not like Duchy organic is going to sing Rule Britannia
  • Wed Apr 29 12:25 #DoggerelOfTheDay - well almost. "Stay safe and have faith" rhymes if you speak traditional East London English, where /θ/ can -> [f]. Unfortunately the poem stops there. Seen on Barnes Street, near Stepney Green
  • Wed Apr 29 12:32 Comment: @Transblawg Prince Charles is just too expensive for me. People who rant on about the evils of Tesco & then have the fridge full of Duchy puzzle me slightly
  • Wed Apr 29 16:22 Comment: @Transblawg I got 3 bags of Duchy wholemeal from Waitrose, but they went quickly. It's honestly not as good as the Tesco stoneground wholemeal.
  • Wed Apr 29 19:21 Recto: Alien girl collar man. Verso (which I didn't notice last time): Alien girls get preganant by sucking her thumbs. Royal Mail office on Whitechapel Road. I wonder what the first language is of the writer.

  • Wed Apr 29 22:35 Historia de Barcelona, 30/4: * 1529: Entrada solemne de Carlos I de España para celebrar cortes (12) * 1599: El sobrino nieto de Andrea Doria dispara contra la ciudad por no recibirle como persona real (98) * 1848: Fundación de la Asociacion defensora… http://dlvr.it/RVjhpm
  • Thu Apr 30 06:12 Margaret Pattens' 200-ft spire, "Wren's 3rd highest," sandwiched between the Walkie Talkie and some piece of crap on Eastcheap. I'm not really a fan of Wren, but I've always liked this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Margaret_Pattens
  • Thu Apr 30 06:16 Comment: @Transblawg @sandersonkim There's still time
  • Thu Apr 30 09:48 RT @ofuturecities: Cities around the world are rolling out post-lockdown temporary: 🚲Paris 650 km 🚲Lima 300 km 🚲Mexico City 130 km 🚲Oaklan…
  • Thu Apr 30 14:50 I once bought a terrible red shirt here. https://twitter.com/C20Southern/status/1255812313174749184
  • Thu Apr 30 18:37 Comment: @tombcn Is it true that you'll have to walk on the left and I on the right?
  • Thu Apr 30 19:36 Why doesn't Quijote hunt tumbleweed? Was there less of it about?
  • Thu Apr 30 20:04 Londonium Solicitors. I guess someone had already bought the domain name, so they stuck with the spelling
  • Thu Apr 30 22:35 Historia de Barcelona, 1/5: * ~1115: Masacre de Almorávides cerca de Castelldefels (246+247) * 1493: Carta de Pedro Mártir sobre Colón (74) * 1535: Carlos I come en la calle Ancha par ver entrar las galeras de Andrea Doria antes de la expedición a Túnez… http://dlvr.it/RVnMcw

Bizarrely, Twitter data downloads don't include others' comments on your tweets, or tweets on which you comment, e.g.:

/ I say something
// Someone replies
/// I reply to them
... and so it's impossible to show tweet trees involving third parties correctly.

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