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So, would you rather visit Tory party conference or the 1660 Foire de Saint-Germain?

Posted: October 3rd 2017 10:59.

Given the choice (we believe in choice).

So, would you rather visit Tory party conference or the 1660 Foire de Saint-Germain?

Posted: October 3rd 2017 10:59.

Given the choice (we believe in choice).

London organ-grinder tweets for September 2017

Posted: October 1st 2017 11:54.

Napoleon II’s Pulcinella toy & the Empire’s collapse

Posted: September 29th 2017 14:10.

A tragic gallery dealing with 1832: contemporary/posterior mise-en-scène?

The French penchant for inventing things already in existence elsewhere

Posted: September 12th 2017 16:59.

François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite, began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and, far from being the father of shadow puppetry/ombres chinoises, may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), and jolly old Baron Grimm on French opera and marionettes.

A sensational 1810 Parisian fire scene on top of an 1840s Russian barrel organ

Posted: January 3rd 2017 14:23.

But who are the three noseless Austrian ladies?

21 today-ish

Posted: August 7th 2012 23:07.

A quick pannieregyric to my Agu Sport Quorum canvas udders.

I am the way, but which way?

Posted: April 6th 2012 13:46. Last modified: April 6th 2012 13:49

"To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; / Its shame and reproach gladly bear; / Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, / Where His glory forever I’ll share." Yes, but wouldn't it be helpful if more wayside crosses, like this one, somewhere near Le Malzieu, indicated the […]

Three classic Francophone tubes I’d never heard of

Posted: April 5th 2012 12:55.

Boby Lapointe in Ta Katie t'as quitté, Petit Yodé and l'Enfant Siro in Premier jour à Paris, and Zao's take on Ancien combattant.

Epic Occitan language fail

Posted: April 4th 2012 12:45. Last modified: June 30th 2012 19:13

With a brief moan re online editions of Lou Tresor dóu Felibrige.

Wordsworth’s take on the French revolution cast in doubt by a French corpus n-gram

Posted: June 12th 2011 00:35. Last modified: June 12th 2011 07:34

Wordsworth on the revolution "as it appeared to enthusiasts at its commencement": Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy! For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood Upon our side, we who were strong in love! Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven! But, taking into […]

French and Russian cavalry rode backwards in retreat?!

Posted: April 24th 2011 13:45. Last modified: April 25th 2011 11:39

This claim helped defeat Valentine Shortis' insanity plea at his murder trial in 1895-6, but was it true?

A tribute to the Valencian work ethic

Posted: April 15th 2011 15:45. Last modified: April 15th 2011 16:22

Featuring my draft recording of "El dilluns jo no treballe", with various other European "7 days lazy" songs.

PÀ TOMAQUET NOT CATALAN, OFFICIAL! [Was: If you can’t make history, make it up]

Posted: April 3rd 2011 00:46. Last modified: April 12th 2011 21:19

The origins of Catalan cookbook, La cuynera catalana, and a revelatory French description of pan con tomate (albeit soggy) in early 19th century Andalusia.

More Guardian crap about Spain

Posted: March 31st 2011 19:38. Last modified: March 31st 2011 19:42

The Guardian content mill has been pointed at Spain this week, Julian Glover was pointed at immigration in Olot, and he (or perhaps an El País bod on the ground) found that "Olot's striking diversity is a mark of Spain's tolerence [sic] of migrants", and that Olot is, like, better than Vic and Perpignan. Massive […]

Berlusconi and the wiseness of Mubarak

Posted: February 4th 2011 16:45. Last modified: February 4th 2011 16:56

"The wisest of men" line isn't the former's, but ben trovato it certainly is.

Origins of cock and bull

Posted: December 30th 2010 00:10. Last modified: December 30th 2010 00:18

I'm going to try and pin it on John of Bridlington's rapidly disproven prophecy of a cock and bull and Anglo-French relations.

Coals to Newcastle, or the great Spanish electricity export swindle

Posted: December 28th 2010 21:06. Last modified: December 28th 2010 21:54

If Spain is selling electricity to France, how come Spanish consumer prices are 50% higher than north of the border?

Symbols of French nation and state: rooster vs eagle in the 18th & 19th century corpus

Posted: December 23rd 2010 13:48. Last modified: December 23rd 2010 13:52

With some vague rabbitings on my silence and the rebirth of the humanities.

Three Russian rooster animations

Posted: September 30th 2010 15:50. Last modified: October 31st 2010 21:35

"Big cock" and "The old man and the cock are versions of "Medio pollico" / "Demi-coq", and "Why the cock wears shorts" is something else.


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