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Recording of the week: when is a word not a word?

Monday, April 24, 2017

This week's selection comes from Jonnie Robinson, Lead Curator of Spoken English. The Evolving English: WordBank is extremely positive evidence of the robust nature of our native dialects, as demonstrated by this speaker's use of the verb puggle [= ‘to...

Raising Kurdish Armenia: Kurdish Children’s Books from Soviet Armenia

Monday, April 24, 2017

Among the stateless peoples of the world, the Kurds are perhaps the most numerous. Although they are believed to have originated in central and western Iran, their current areas of concentration are largely located in one of four countries: Turkey,...

Cry ‘God for Harry! England! and Saint George!’

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Although I am curator of Classical recordings at the British Library, I have a fascination with the oldest extant examples of both sound recordings and photographs. Both are a window, albeit sometimes very misty, allowing us...

Lenin's Birthday

Saturday, April 22, 2017

One of my very first childhood memories was a happy day, 22 April 1970, when the entire Soviet Union was celebrating the centenary of Lenin’s birth. I still remember an overwhelming sensation of pride, an excitement that spring brings with...

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