The Tower of Babel – or Babble?
This story begins by stating that “the whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary”, which is a splendid example of ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’ since we’re told, in the previous chapter, that the nations had been “separated into their lands, every one according to…
Up like a Rocket – Down with a Stick
This is the sad and salutary story of the 17th century composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, who was born in Florence in 1632. He was a gifted and go-ahead youngster who became highly skilled at playing the guitar and violin, and impressively adept at dancing; so much so that he attracted the attention of a son of…