Tag archive for william Shakespeare (RSS)

London organ-grinder tweets for September 2017

Posted: October 1st 2017 11:54.

Doggerel and the death of democracy

Posted: December 4th 2016 11:53.

Featuring John Taylor, the Water(man) Poet, Cornelius Cardew, Rick Astley, Luther Vandross, and Michael Fassbender and someone else as Macbuff and Macdeath, and finally John Taylor again.

Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End

Posted: October 25th 2016 17:06.

With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.

Will Kemp Morris-danced from London to Norwich

Posted: September 24th 2016 14:39.

But unfortunately he probably won't figure in the results of my historical explorations into English popular song.

Christmas carousels

Posted: January 2nd 2016 19:49.

Impossible automata for my street organ this holiday season.

Dave Warfield and Shylock

Posted: December 11th 2013 10:37. Last modified: April 3rd 2015 23:59

A new end for the Merchant.

Alectryon, the Ancient Greek model for our cuckold’s horns?

Posted: April 16th 2010 18:15. Last modified: April 17th 2010 11:42

With a field study of the nymphomaniacs of Goa and brief notes on the early history of composite grafts.

Translating Hamlet into Siberian

Posted: January 24th 2010 11:22.

How would you describe the relationship of the Slav Francisco with his mother?

Rhyme vs reason

Posted: October 4th 2009 18:05. Last modified: October 4th 2009 18:24

Restif de la Bretonne goes one step beyond Shakespeare and says that poetry is the language of Gods and beasts, and that reason speaks in prose.

The universality of bu/bo/boo

Posted: August 16th 2009 20:26.

The strange shrieks of theatrical monsters often don't require translation.

Mole models in Cervantes

Posted: April 9th 2009 17:43. Last modified: August 31st 2009 10:23

From saviour to saved to savoury: the de-/remystification of bodily imperfection.

1485, and how to beat it

Posted: February 27th 2009 23:28. Last modified: June 17th 2010 17:10

Use spam calls from Telefónica as a free sex chat service and they may leave you alone.

Macbitch in Paris

Posted: November 20th 2008 11:24.

CC says that Telva says that Jaume Plensa is simply panting to design some sets for Verdi's Macbetch. I blame Telva's legions of copy editors this time--they get Toulouse wrong too--but there's no reason why not: "So this is the story of Lady Macbitch and her husband. The Queen stimulates herself with the props of […]

Here’s looking at you, lunch

Posted: August 29th 2008 16:58. Last modified: August 29th 2008 17:06

I think it's actually a slow worm, but here's Thomas Decker's Honest whore anyway: Lord Hippolito. Scarce can I read the stories on your brow, Which age hath writ there: you look youthful still. Orlando Friscobaldo. I eat snakes, my Lord, I eat snakes. My heart shall never have a wrinkle in it, so long […]

The demon barber of Calais, a 17th century Sweeney Todd

Posted: November 13th 2006 16:55. Last modified: November 13th 2006 17:17

I believe the current early chronology of versions containing all the basic motifs is as follows: Joseph Fouché was a politician and administrator, and the delightfully wicked creator under Bonaparte of something vaguely resembling the modern police service. According to PBS, he wrote in something called Archives of the police of a series of murders […]

Fact-dodging Geoff Nunberg

Posted: July 17th 2006 11:39. Last modified: July 17th 2006 23:31

Sez he: The fact is that the right owns those object+present participle compounds, as surely as it owns values, media bias, the lapel-pin flag, and sentences that begin with "See...." In fact you could trace the whole history of the right's campaigns against liberals via those compounds -- from tree-hugging and NPR-listening back through the […]

Silvester Paradox meets Mr Macbeth

Posted: June 14th 2006 17:30. Last modified: January 16th 2012 01:14

This is the promised translation of the chapter in Pío Baroja’s serialised novel The adventures, inventions and mystifications of Silvester Paradox / Aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones de Silvestre Paradox (1901) in which Silvester takes up with an English conman, quack, amateur pugilist and exponent of inventions such as the translatoscope called Macbeth. The source is […]

The humourless German, © German nationalists

Posted: May 24th 2006 16:27. Last modified: May 24th 2006 16:32

This is re Margaret's post re Stewart Lee's. The first references I know to the stereotype are not British but are to be found in the early German romantics. They note (1), as does Lee, the various expressive possibilities afforded by various languages; (2) the failure of German writers to exploit these former to the […]


Posted: May 24th 2006 10:40. Last modified: October 18th 2007 15:28

Two Italian bodybuilders in the gym, one lifting great heaps of metal while the other stands over him and shouts in his ear things like: "STUFF YOUR DICK IN YOUR MOUTH, WHORESON" and "I FACK YOUR MOTHER". I wonder if the Italian army is like this. (It is a common misconception that the first hint […]

Mock Welsh

Posted: May 10th 2006 12:49. Last modified: May 10th 2006 12:50

Benjamin Zimmer links to a paper by Jane H Hill on Mock Spanish (with references to Jocular Yiddish, and others). I wonder how much of this is applicable to the experience of Welsh immigrants to Renaissance London, with a context that included repressive cultural legislation and the use of caricatural Welsh English (eg devoiced initial […]


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