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July tweets from London’s Singing Organ-Grinder

Posted: August 4th 2018 11:24.

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In the footsteps of Spartacus

Posted: July 25th 2018 16:32.

A self-guided walk from Ciampino Airport to Rome along the Appian Way.

In the footsteps of Spartacus

Posted: July 25th 2018 16:32.

A self-guided walk from Ciampino Airport to Rome along the Appian Way.

A remarkable gravestone in Waltham Forest Muslim cemetery

Posted: July 19th 2018 15:38.

If tears could build a stairway / And memories a lane, / We’d walk right up to heaven / And bring you home again.

The true origins of an 18th century tomb inscription at Zennor, Penwith, Cornwall

Posted: July 15th 2018 14:18.

"'Tis glorious misery to be born a man," generally taken to refer to a hen-pecked husband, is in fact a misquotation of verse by the 17th century Romford and London poet, Francis Quarles, dealing with human mortality.

Top 10 Russian football songs (No. 8)

Posted: July 4th 2018 17:34.

The 1938 Futbol'nyy Marsh ("Football March") by Matvey Blanter, composer of Stalin-era patriotic ditties. With a recording of a barrel alarm clock, a Shostakovich anecdote, a copyright tussle between the Russian Premier League and the Russian Authors' ...

Etymology of Trippier

Posted: July 4th 2018 12:32.

Goatherd vs tripe merchant.

Etymology of Trippier

Posted: July 4th 2018 12:32.

Goatherd vs tripe merchant.

Musical objects found in the Damrak and Rokin Amstel-bed excavations

Posted: July 2nd 2018 18:39.

A treasure trove from the tunnel bores for Amsterdam's controversial North-South metro line.

June tweets from London’s Singing Organ-Grinder

Posted: July 2nd 2018 12:35.

More barrel organ news from Hackney. Includes first posts from Top 10 Russian Football Song series.

Top 10 Russian football songs (No. 9)

Posted: June 27th 2018 15:35.

Okolofutbola ("'Round Football", ahem) by Feduk (2013), the hiphop theme of a cinematic tribute to Spartak ultras: "Stand in line with your brother and don’t take one step back / Russian brigades, like a bumper, ram our opponent." Extras: Russian footb...

Albanian hand salute quiz

Posted: June 23rd 2018 15:00.

Dogs are sensible and salute with their feet.

Two translations of a Setswana train poem

Posted: June 20th 2018 18:47.

"Rhinoceros of the highlands / Beast coming from the South, it comes along steaming, / It comes from Pompi and from Kgobola-diatla." With excerpts from oral poetry about cattle and other domestic and wild animals, marijuana, bicycles and the 2nd Boer W...

Two translations of a Setswana train poem

Posted: June 20th 2018 18:47.

"Rhinoceros of the highlands / Beast coming from the South, it comes along steaming, / It comes from Pompi and from Kgobola-diatla." With excerpts from oral poetry about cattle and other domestic and wild animals, marijuana, bicycles and the 2nd Boer W...

Top 10 Russian songs about football (No. 10)

Posted: June 15th 2018 11:24.

Argentina-Yamayka 5-0, by Chayf (1999).

Top 10 Russian songs about football (No. 10)

Posted: June 15th 2018 11:24.

Argentina-Yamayka 5-0, by Chayf (1999).

When’s the cheapest time to make strawberry jam?

Posted: June 9th 2018 17:07.

Average wholesale prices, April-October 2015-2017.

Singing Organ-Grinder tweets for May

Posted: June 1st 2018 20:03.

Pictures & video from a gig in Leytonstone, plus the usual nonsense.

¡Gracias y adiós!

Posted: August 23rd 2016 15:51.

I can't remember why I started this blog - most of my translation work has always been from Dutch, French and German - but I guess it had something to do with the various frustrations of living in Barcelona. However, I now live in London, and Spanish official and corporate gringoisms have improved beyond all recognition, so that the blog may henceforth be presumed dead. Many thanks to all readers

Chinese tourist detained in German refugee centre after trying to report wallet theft

Posted: August 8th 2016 17:36.

Take at least a phrasebook, if not an interpreter, if you come from Distantlandia and want to visit the German police.

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