Tweets for August 2019

Babies, blackberries, Brexit, breasts. Tories, cricket, bed burials, bay windows, VR games, proverbs, Monty Python, Joaquín Turina, ghit, Ezra Pound, etymology, Freyja. Dorset, Walthamstow Marsh, Brighton, Homerton, Spain, France, Southwark, India vs Pakistan, New England, Upminster, Walthamstow, Georgia, USA, Wivenhoe, Alexandra Palace, Crouch End, Highbury, Friern Barnet, Erith, Stafford, Italy, Rome, Naples, Vesuvius, Lombardy, Ireland, County Kerry, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Soviet Union, Spain, Barcelona.

Cruella de Villas, Highbury, London.

The mysterious terracotta “Baronet” relief on Ye Racehorse Inne, 212 Elm Grove, Brighton

I suggest that it is the iconisation of the Stubbs portrait of George (later the) IV’s most successful horse, ridden in a distinctive flying gallop by his favourite jockey, Old Sam Chifney; and that the depiction of boots and reins without a rider symbolises George’s disgust at the termination of Chifney’s career by the Jockey Club following a race-rigging scandal.

Miss Hurd strikes again

An Italian libertarian tells me that she and some friends booked to Burning Man were surprised to land in Solihull. Refugees from London are now rowing up the M6 to Burning Man aka Birmingham, Brighton and then Bath and Bristol having become too expensive, but best British value is still to be found in Boro,…

El Cas dels Catalans and the House of the British Parliament

Early Day Motions are the British House of Commons’s ineffectual version of Facebook “likes”: they have no significance in the broader flow of politics, and for every signatory who believes earnestly that doing so will induce admiration in an informationally subnormal constituent, there is almost certainly another who a week later will have absolutely no…

Relocated

It’s difficult to conceive of figures with blue eyes and blond hair populating Gustav de Smeet’s Amsterdam. I think this is actually an Amsterdam as it might have been re-imagined by the considerable numbers of people of Mediterranean descent who live there and in the other great ports along that coast. The Sagrada Familia is…

Dirty dolls

Apparently the fine children’s illustrator Honor Appleton (1879-1951) was not such a good girl after all: She had … a puckish, not to mention smutty wit – as evidenced by her illustration … of a little girl playing with her dolls, two of whom are locked in sexual congress on the floor. Nobody to my…