Monthly Archives: September 2003

Magic and Mazurkaphobia

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You’d think I made it up, wouldn’t you? Well I didn’t. Taming a Tartar; or, Magic & mazourkaphobia, “an operatic, romantic, magical, semi-burlesque, terpsichorean burletta, in two acts, founded on the grand ballet spectacle, called ‘Le diable à quatre’” is … Continue reading Continue reading

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History of a song & Vejvodova Zbraslav

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Amazing what you can turn up from a simple question. Is Roll Out the Barrel still in copyright? Like me, you may have thought it was one of those diehard Edwardian music hall songs that everyone knows, but nobody can … Continue reading

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Villefranche-sur-Saône revisited

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Forgive the trip down memory lane, but it is now 20 years since I took the picture on the left, in someone’s house in Villefranche-sur-Saône, on my way to be a student in Zagreb. That was a year after working … Continue reading

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The bizarre world of Conservatism

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On the trail of that bizarre case involving Mike Batt (composer of the Wombles signature tune) and Peters Edition, in which Peters demanded a quarter of Batt’s royalties for a track of one minute’s silence, because – in attributing it … Continue reading Continue reading

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