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One conundrum I missed out from the list earlier: I was passing Paul in the King’s Road the other day, when I noticed a plate of Mirlitons in the window.  Bearing in mind that Act II of The Nutcracker is all about sweets, and the other divertissements have names like coffee, chocolate, tea etc. why do people continue to talk of Mirlitons as being  ‘reed pipes’, when it would be handy to first explain that they’re a cake, too?  For more Mirliton fun, the wikipedia Mirliton page is enlightening.

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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist