Monthly Archives: January 2014

GEORGIUS

                              GEORGIUS   This is Georgius. He was George Chapman the poet, but hundreds and hundreds of years ago. He was laid in this blacker than … Continue reading

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WILDE

THE HARLOT’S HOUSE We caught the tread of dancing feet, We loitered down the moonlit street, And stopped beneath the harlot’s house. Inside, above the din and fray, We heard the loud musicians play The ‘Treues Liebes Herz’ of Strauss. … Continue reading

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Anglo Saxon London

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ROBBIEBURNSANEAN SAVOYSICK BLUES

David Graeber in Bob Dylan position at Savoy Steps on Robert Burns Day. David – like myself – always assumed the Dylan video was shot in New York. New Yorkers claim certain alley-ways as the one. But they are mistaken. … Continue reading

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MELVILLE IN LONDON

From novelist and poet Hermann Melville’s London diary 1849: “I sat next to Lockhart, and seeing that he was a customer, who was full of himself & expected great homage; & knowing him to be a thorough going Tory & … Continue reading

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BAUDELAIRE 1848

The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor recently staged a new play 1848 at Conway Hall. It’s a mix of styles: documentary, drama, musical, popular history. With a minimum of fuss and rehearsal the extravaganza was staged by approx. 75 … Continue reading

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Robert Burns on Thames

Burns is commemorated in public statues all over the world. Embankment Gardens is where he sits in London, with a very good view of Cleopatra’s Needle. He was once offered a job in London by The Star newspaper but declined. … Continue reading

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