Monsieur Pop’s French Connections

or for what he has got a French cultural order recently



In his voluminous oeuvre there are two albums with French connections: Préliminaires in 2009 and Après in 2012.

Préliminaires was inspired by Michel Houellebecq’s novel La Possibilité d’une île (The Possibility of an Island). There are three main characters. Daniel, a successful comedian who can’t seem to enjoy life despite his wealth. He gets bored with his hedonist lifestyle, but can’t escape from it. He is disgruntled with the state of current society.  He has two clones who live an uneventful life as hermits in the distant future after nuclear and climate catastrophes. They scattered around are the remnants of tourist resorts, cities, consumer items, and some natural humans living in small tribes without any knowledge of the past or any civilization.

Après is a cover album with five French chansons. His label (Virgin EMI) refused to release it. They would have preferred that he does a rock album with popular punk songs because the money is rather in it than in those old-fashioned melodies. This is a strange point of view because the original performers of his covers sold a vast number of records. Finally, the album was released by himself and on a French label Le Rat des Villes.

Now you can listen to all of his covers together with the original ones. The cover of Les feuilles mortes are from Préliminaires, like Je sais que tu sais (I Know That You Know,) which song is not a cover, and the French parts are sung by Lucie Aimé.

And also you can read about the songs and the artists, how their careers started in the chaotic years of the XX Century. And those stories are always strange.

So Mesdames and Messieurs please welcome


The second song Les feuilles mortes (The Dead Leaves) was composed by Joseph Kosma who was born in Budapest in 1905. He was a Hungarian composer and conductor. He took part in the avant-garde movement too. Fled from Berlin – where he lived by a scholarship – to Paris in 1933 with his German wife without money and French knowledge. There he got acquainted with the poet Jacques Prévert and then started a new era of the French chanson. His mother and brother were shot into the Danube during the siege of Budapest by Hungarian far-right wing party members in 1944.

“The virginity of my criminal record is still a mystery to me.” Jacques Prévert wrote this about his juvenile lifestyle.

He was born into a lower-middle-class family in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1900. Quit school at his age of 15. After the end of WWI, he went to Istanbul as a French soldier together with the painter Tanguy to occupy it. After he was doing small businesses and joined the surrealist movement. In 1928 he wrote his first poem, broke with surrealist, and joined a performance company called Groupe Octobre to make communist propaganda. They also played in factories during strikes, and even in Moscow in 1932. After the experience he devoted himself entirely to the cinema.

He wrote the poem Les feuilles mortes. The song has appeared first time in the Marcel Carné film Les portes de la nuit (Gates of The Night) but just only snippets were hummed by Nathalie Nattier and Yves Montand, who was born as Ivo Livi in 1923 in Monsummano Terme, Italy.

His father was a militant communist who fled from the Mussolini regime with his family to France. In Marseille, he started a small broom factory which was swept away by the Great Depression in 1932. His son was hairdresser, waiter, dock and factory worker. His showbiz career started in a cabaret as a warm-up guy who turned into a singer at his age of 17. He was discovered by Edith Piaf in 1944.

She was born as Édith Giovanna Gassion in Paris in 1915. Her father was a street acrobat, her Italian-born mother a café singer. Her mother abandoned her at birth. She lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother, Emma (Aïcha) Saïd ben Mohammed, daughter of a Moroccan acrobat. When her father went to the war in 1916, he took her to his mother who ran a brothel in Normandy.

In 1929, at the age 14, she joined her father in his acrobatic street performances all over France, she first sang in public this time. At her age of 15 she met Simone “Mômone” Berteaut and started to tour together as street singers. She was discovered in Paris by a nightclub owner.

During the German occupation she performed in various nightclubs and brothels and lived in a luxury flat above a nightclub and bordello in Paris. But he sang also in POW camps, even she was invited to sing in Germany together with other French artists in 1943. But in December 1944, she went on stage for the Allied forces together with Montand in Marseille. And he wrote the song La Vie en rose (The Life in Pink) in 1945 on the top of a smoky debris, called Europe.


She died in 1963 at her age of 47. The funeral mass was denied by the archbishop of Paris Cardinal Maurice Feltin because of her lifestyle.

The song Syracuse was published first in this year. It was performed by Henri Salvador. He was born in French-Guyana in 1917 as a son of a native tax collector. The family moved to France in 1929. He gained reputation first in Medrano Circus through his laugh. He laughed so loudly that the clown asked him to come back every Sunday, and taught him gags in exchange for his influential laugh. He turned his back on school at his age of 15, started to work as a clown on terraces of Paris, and learned to play music. In 1935 Django Reinhardt saw him at a cabaret and asked him to join his band. During the occupation he toured with the band of French jazz king (or Napoleon?) Ray Ventura in South America.

The Syracuse was composed by Salvador, the lyrics were written by Bernard Dimey. In 1972 Dimey was awarded the Charles Cros Prize of the critics for his album Ivrogne Et Pourquoi Pas (Drunk and Why Not) which he claimed to be a profession of faith.

A devotee of this credo Serge Gainsbourg was born as Lucien Ginzburg in Paris in 1928. His parents fled from the horror of the Russian civil war. His father worked as a pianist at bars and clubs in Paris and the casinos and hotels of Deauville during the summertime. From his age of 8 he went with him to play songs. Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Chopin. And there is the Jazz. Cole Porter, Gershwin, Fred Adison. And there is the radio. Ray Ventura, Charles Trenet, Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Jean Gabin, Fernandel. But there just was the radio. Because no radio for the Jewish. And no telephone, coffeehouse, restaurant, theatre, cinema, concert, library, museum, swimming pool and nothing. Jewish stay at home and can buy food just between 3-4 pm. If it need can use the last carriage of the metro train only. And they were awarded Yellow Star.

In 1944 he learned to play guitar by a gypsy and started to play at bars and balls. He was discovered by the writer and musician Boris Vian in 1957.

The song Javanaise was written in 1962 and was recorded and published by him and Juliette Greco almost the same time in 1963. But in this playlist I put the reggae version titled Javanaise Remake from the Gainsbourg album Enregistrement public au Théâtre Le Palace from 1980.

Georges Brassens was born in 1921 in Sete, Southern France. His father was an open minded anticlerical bricklayer, his Italian mother was a devout catholic, but both were music lovers. He wrote his first poems as a pupil, but maybe he thought the crime pays better than the poetry because together with his friends he started to steal from their families and others. He was expelled from the school and after a trial he went to Paris, lived with his aunt, and work at a Renault factory, but it was bombed soon by Luftwaffe in 1940.

Then he spent the days in the library, read poetry and write. His first collection of poems was published in 1942 thanks to the money of his relatives and friends. Then he was forced to work in a labour camp at a BMW plant near Berlin in 1943. After one year he was given ten days’ leave in France and did not go back.

Jeanne Planche, a seamstress, who was a friend of his aunt hid him. She lived with her husband in relative poverty. “We wash in cold water, there is no gas, no electricity, so no radio, nor mains drainage. In the small yard, a real menagerie: dogs, cats, canaries, turtles, hawks.” And Brassens lived there for 22 years.


He started to write and compose songs. In the beginning he accompanied himself by and old banjo. Later with the help of Jeanne he bought a used guitar. At first he performed his songs in Parisian cinemas between the news and the film. After several unsuccessful auditions he got a contract in a cabaret in 1952. Later this year released his first album La Mauvaise Réputation, ie. Bad Reputation.

The song Le Passantes was published in 1972. The poem was written in the early 1910s by engineer and poet Antoine Pol, who worked as a company boss, but he was fell in love with poetry, books, and butterflies.

Joe Dassin was born in New York in 1938. His father was the film director Jules Dassin who was blacklisted in 1950 during the communist hysteria because long before he was the member of the Communist Party USA (but left it after the Molotov – Ribbentrop Pact in 1939). He moved to France with his family. Joe got an MA in Anthropology and became actor and singer.

The song Et si tu n’existais pas (And if you didn’t exist) was published first in 1975. The music is by Salvatore “Toto” Cutugno and Pasquale Losito. The lyrics are by Claude Lemesle and Pierre Delanoë – who originally was a tax inspector, but later Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone also sang his lyrics. And Iggy Pop

a son of former high school English teacher and baseball coach. He was born as James Newell Osterberg, Jr. in Muskegon, Michigan, 1947. He is German, English and Irish descent on his father’s side and Norwegian and Danish ancestry on his mother’s side. Moreover his father was adopted by a Swedish American family. He was raised in a trailer park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He got a lot of care. His parents helped him explore anything he was interested in. This culminated in their evacuation from their bedroom in the trailer, because that was the only room big enough for his drum kit. He has begun his music career as a drummer in various high school bands in Ann Arbor, including the Iguanas in the early 60s…


Hey Butt! What The Fuck?


Helló Susu! Van egy ilyen sorozatunk a RNR666-on, hogy ‘Hey Butt! What The Fuck?’ Lényege, hogy megkérdezzük attól, aki éppen eszünkbe jut, hogy Mi a faszom van?


Épp most olvastam, hogy kiadjátok a Másfél cucccait újra. Jó ötlet. A első két kazettát szerettem annak idején meg a Viperagarzon vót meg egy haveromnak cd-n. Meg azt is olvastam, hogy vinylen is ki szeretnétek adni egy válogatás Lp-t. Kábé mikor lenne ez? A többi újrakiadás az meg ilyen digitálgenyó lenne?

DJ SUEFOJa a többi az digitálgenyó, és akkor lesz vinyl válogatás, ha már minden újra lesz maszterelve. A legjobban sikerültek kerülnek majd rá.

– Apropó vótál te betrinyózva Másfélen?

Mindenen voltam betrinyózva nem csak Másfélen 😉

– Mikor jössz mán el egy RNR666 Buliba végre? Vótál te egyáltalán? Végül is a kezdő lökés tőled vót még 12 éve mikor az MK2 (Mezőkövesd 2 ) rádióval összehoztál minket. Azóta van RNR666.

Amúgy RNR-en kétszer tuti játszottam, de lehet, hogy háromszor. Közönségként voltam 5-6 alkalommal.

– Járod még a budapesti éjszakát mint Dj amúgy? Sok a paraszt?

DJ-zés megy, be vagyok táblázva eléggé. Igazából most még 3 másik embernek is én adok melókat. És ja, sok a paraszt, egyre több. Külföldről se a jó arcok jönnek már, csak a white trash.

– Van pár kazettád, ami nálam maradt (hallgatva vannak) a kedvencem: A oldal Alboth! – Amour 1991 / B oldal Monster Magnet – Spine of God 1991. Micsoda párosítás!!!!!

– Örülök, hogy az Alboth jó kezekben van! A Neurotic műsoros nincs ott? Azt nem találom, már nem emlékszem kinek adtam kölcsön.

– Nincs nálam a Neurotic. Kőcsön se kértem vóna én azt.

Jó vót beszélgetni, helló nachbar Oi&DistrOi!

Take a Nightride with The Pussywarmers

from the sunset till the sunrise



THE PUSSYWARMERS is a Swiss band. I wrote some years ago about them

“The Pussywarmers is a band of a traveling circus. They play swing for the rope-dancers, blues for the knife thrower, tarantella for the lion tamer, dixieland for the magician, cha-cha-cha for the trapezists, tango for the bears, polka for the poodles, waltz for the monkeys and criss-cross for the clowns on four languages.”

They have recently released the Nightride EP under the name of THE PUSSYWARMERES  & RÉKA’S ELEKTRONISCHE ABTEILUNG via Annibale Records. And it is totally different than their previous recordings. So I have had to ask what is the story of this project?

Réka: At the beginning of the year we introduced “The Pussywarmers & Réka’s Jizz Ensemble” which represents our “Tropical Big Band”. For the new record we decided to strip down to a quartet: “Elektronische Abteilung” which means “Electronic Department”. It´s a concept for an “Alter Ego Band”. Inventing this band in a Band-Project lead to more freedom in the creative process of composing and recording.

We have a hideout in the mountains of Italy where we are only allowed to play in a low volume.  These situations forced us to play around with loops which we kept on sometimes for hours. This sounds and loops created sometimes states of hypnosis. In this new found state we also started to experiment with new sounds and instruments. For “Nightride” we wanted to capture those moods and used instruments that would reflect perfectly those nights. From the sunset till the sunrise.

“Nightride” is very cinematique, so a big influence – for this new way of writing and recording music – were definitely movies. In Zürich exists the Institute of Incoherent Cinematography. Pablo Assandri – the head of IOIC – organizes silent movie events to which he invites musicians to create new film scores for these movies in a live situation. He invited us a couple of times and we loved it. To compose music to images is a very different approach. Music can be created which would never arise in normal practicing situations. Characters and scenes of the movie can become your muses. For example we played for Fred Niblo’s film The Temptress (1926).

The event series is called “The Underworld in Silent Film”. Here is an old trailer just for the feeling

Next silent film event will be on 30 March. Marena Whitcher’s Shady Midnight Orchestra will play on the film Der Geisterzug (Ghost Train, Germany/UK, 1927) by Géza von Bolváry.


30.3.2017 / Geneve (CH) / Bongo Joe / NIGHTRIDE RELEASE TOUR
1.3.2017 / Basel (CH) / tba / NIGHTRIDE RELEASE TOUR
1.4.2017 / Zurich (CH) / Bundeshaus Residency 68 / NIGHTRIDE

Hey Butt! What The Fuck?

A new series on RNR666 about serious questions. Next chapter




PALBERTA is a band, three girls from Upstate New York. Best describe their music what I’ve found on their FB page

“You wanna wabbada? Wap wap wap dabbada?
You see that mabada? ding ding dack dabbada?”

Their new album has been released recently on Wharf Cat Records. I was listening to it when I suddenly burst out – Hú bazmeg!

It was the 5th song, titled Nose. Hú bazmeg! is a Hungarian phrase, we use it on the occasion of sudden revelation, surprise, shock or in similar cases. For example when you drink a shot of spirit, and it is unexpectedly strong. It means literally Oh fuck!

This was the moment when I have thought I ask them what they are reading. I don’t know why.

Lily: I most recently finished reading Tales of Desire by Tennessee Williams just began Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. I read Tales of Desire because my dad gave it to me for my birthday and I trust his taste. It was really freaky and awesome and I highly recommend it. I’ll get back to you about Narcissus and Goldmund when I’m done. It’s the story of a young man, Goldmund, who wanders aimlessly throughout Medieval Germany after leaving a Catholic monastery school in search of what could be described as “the meaning of life,” or rather, the meaning of his life.

Ani: I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. For some reason, I slacked on reading this book and it is amazing. A super emotional book and reading it in our current political climate is so heavy and also necessary.

– Excuse me, that I am cutting into, but I need to explain what is so heavy.

At the age of eight Maya Angelou was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She told her brother, who told the rest of their family. The man was found guilty but was jailed for only one day. Four days after his release, he was murdered, probably by Angelou’s uncles. Angelou became mute for almost five years. Later she held many jobs, among others worked as a prostitute, table dancer, and madame.

Learned modern dances and became a professional dancer, joined the civil rights movement in 1960, and maybe of course, she was also a pro-Castro activist, but like so many other fans she also did not know anything about the real nature of the Castro regime, she just wanted to believe her dreams.

In the first half of the 60s she lived in Africa, first in Egypt – with a South-African lawyer and civil rights activist -, later in the newly independent Ghana. She worked as an editor and journalist for various media as The Arab Observer, African Review, Ghanaian Times and Radio Ghana, but also worked and performed for Ghana’s National Theatre.

In Ghana, she met with Malcolm X. Then she went back into the States and helped him to build the pan-black Organization of Afro-American Unity, which was described as a threat to the national security by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Mr. X. was assassinated by members of the concurrent black power organization Nation of Islam in 1965. Not long after Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published. It is up to 1944 when she was 17.

Ani – So I just finished it. Now I’m in a totally different direction, or maybe not but I have yet to find out. I am starting the book Dune. I’m trying to explore the other worlds out there and I haven’t spent much time in the science fiction realm so here it goes!

– Do you know about the never realized film adaptation by Chilean director Jodorowsky? Starring Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Alain Delon, Hervé Villechaize, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali as the mad emperor of the galaxy. With the music of Stockhausen, Henry Cow, and Magma. It was planned in 1975 and was so grandiose that a documentary has been made about the unmade film.

Nina – I am reading a book called The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, and am loving it so much because it’s an incredibly bold, courageous, smart, funny, insightful memoir. I feel like I am learning new, nuanced ways of thinking about gender – specifically lesbian and trans identity -, motherhood, and identity in general.


– On the picture lying the body of Jane Mixer, aunt of Maggie Nelson. She wrote two books about the murder of her aunt. Jane was a 23 years old law student in 1969. She posted a note on a college ride-share bulletin board, seeking a lift to her hometown. She was strangled with a nylon stocking and shot twice in the head with a .22. The killer pulled up her jumper to reveal her underwear, then carefully covered the body with her yellow raincoat and positioned it atop a grave, and set Mixer’s shoes and her copy of “Catch-22” near the body.

He was unveiled in 2002 on the basis of three drops of sweat and one drop of blood which were found on the victim’s panties.


Hey Butt! What The Fuck?

a new series on RNR666 about serious questions



MOUNTAIN BIKE is a very funny and playful Belgian garage rock band. Sometimes so pop like the Blur. Please click the play button for the full experience now!


– How turned this stupid name Mountain Bike out? I’m especially curious about the circumstances of the name giving. It was during a crazy night, or was it a hangover in a café, or a lazy afternoon? How did it happen?

– Well you know, we had no ideas, picking a name is always a pain in the ass. This band wasn’t supposed to last, It was just a joke. Running out of proposals, we chose “Mountain Bike” because we saw someone wearing a Mountain Bike T-shirt. How stupid is that?! And you? How did you end up with such an original name? R’n’R 666…

– It was a beautiful May afternoon. I was walking along the boulevard Nagykörút in Budapest when my phone rang. Lavór called me and asked

– Hey, want to do a biweekly rock and roll radio show with me and Pali?

– Why not?

– Ok. Then find its name out!

I went in Csiga Pub on the Rákóczi tér and ordered a beer. I was sitting at the table, the sun was shining, the beer was cold, and my brain played the song Killed by Death by Motörhead, and RNR666 was born. Anyway, what is the story of Mountain Bike? How did it start?

– It all started as a fun side project, we all had other bands as Thee Marvin Gays or  Warm Toy Machine, but we wanted something a bit different with no pressure. We soon had a couple of songs that we recorded with only two mics as equipment. Our friends really liked it so we put out a 7″ and started to play shows. Then we recorded a whole album at a friend studio, and we found the Humpty Dumpty label, that helped us to promote our record. That’s about it. Belgian and French medias seemed to like our debut album and we got to play a lot of shows in several countries as Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, et cetera. We got very lucky and now Mountain Bike is our main band.

And it’s a very funny and playful garage rock band. Sometimes so pop like the Blur. If you have pushed the play now you are listening to their first album, but the second album out now on HUMPTY DUMPTY (Belg) and TEENAGE  MENOPAUSE RECORDS (Fra).





a szolgák vesztén nem érdemes bánkódni, mert van belőlük elég – mondta nevetve ENNASUITE.


Az idézett félmondat Margit Heptameron című történetgyűjteményében hangzik el udvarhölgye szájából. Margit navarrai királyné. Öccse a francia király, I. Ferenc.  

MACHIAVELLI – A bölcs uralkodó ne legyen szótartó, ha ez a magatartás kárára válik, s ha az okok, melyek miatt ígéretet tett, megszűntek. Különben is a fejedelem mindig talál rá alkalmat, hogy csalárdságát jó színben tüntethesse fel.

Sándor pápa mást sem tett, mással sem gondolt, mint hogy az embereket rászedje, s mindig talált valakit, akit megcsalhatott. És nem volt ember, aki nála nagyobb erővel, ékesszólással és esküdözéssel állított volna valamit, hogy aztán az ellenkezőjét cselekedje; mégis mindig minden úgy sikerült, ahogyan akarta, mert ismerte a világ dolgait.

És ha azt kérdik tőlem, minek köszönhetem, hogy ily hajlott koromra ilyen vidám és egészséges maradtam, tudják meg, hogy felkelvén az ágyból, nyomban előveszem a Szentírást, és olvasgatom. És ettől olyan jótevő nyugalom költözik belém, hogy minden szenvedés, amely a nap folyamán érhet, áldásnak tetszik – mondta OISELLE, Margit anyja.

MACHIAVELLI – Na de mikor Sándor pápa fia, Cesare Borgia herceg, kiirtván a vezéreket, és megtizedelvén párthíveiket, igen jól megalapozta uralmát, mert övé volt egész Romagna és az Urbinói Hercegség, szükségesnek ítélte a jó kormányzást. Ezért  Remirro de Orcót ültette oda kormányzónak, a kegyetlen, hirtelen kezű embert, s teljhatalmat adott neki. Ez rövidesen békés, egységes államot hozott létre, viszont egyrészt a nép gyűlölte, másrészt a herceg úgy érezte, hogy túl nagy hatalomra tett szert, amivel akár ellene is fordulhat. Hogy ezt a veszélyt elhárítsa, és egyben a népet is megbékítse egy szép reggel Cesena terére két darabban tétette ki őt, egy doronggal és egy véres késsel mellette. A kegyetlen látvány a népet egyszersmind döbbenettel és elégedettséggel töltötte el.

MARGIT – Én hallottam egy patikárius segédről, aki megpillantván egy ügyvédet, ki unos-untalan perlekedett vele, elhatározta, hogy bosszút áll rajta. Kiment a boltból, be egy utcába, ahol az emberek a szükségüket végezték; talált ott egy fölfelé meredező, megfagyott darab szart, mely egészen olyan volt, mint egy finom kis cukorsüveg; azon nyomban becsavarta hófehér papirosba, s a ruhája ujjába dugta, és elsétált az ügyvéd orra előtt, s mintegy véletlenségből, nem messze tőle leejtette a csomagot; azzal bement egy házba, mintha oda akarta volna vinni. Az ügyvéd sebtiben felkapta a földről, azt hivén, hogy cukorsüveg; és a bekecsébe rejtette, s amint elrakta a patikárius segédje már jött is vissza, és mindenfelé keresgélte, kérdezgette a cukorsüvegjét. Ezután az ügyvéd a cimborájával a kocsmába ment, hogy megebédeljen. Bent a melegben meg szépen felengedett cukorsüvegje, és az illata betöltötte az egész kocsmát. Képzelhetik.

LUTHER – Elnézést! Bocsánat, hogy közbeszólok. De gondoltak már arra, hogy vajon vágyódik-e minden purgatóriumban lévő lélek arra, hogy őt onnan kiváltsák? A legenda szerint sem Szeverinusz, sem Pászkálisz pápák nem igényelték ezt.

NOMERFIDE rá se nézve mondja – Én úgy eliszonyodom, valahányszor barátot látok, hogy még gyónni sem tudnék neki, mivel úgy vélem, hogy alávalóbbak bármely más embernél, s valahová beteszik a lábukat, gyalázat és viszálykodás támad a nyomukban.

MARGIT – Gyalázat és viszálykodás. Ott volt Berquin. Könyvei után végül őt is máglyára vetették. Hiába tanácsolta neki Erasmus, hogy inkább maradjon csendben. Harmadszor már nem tudtam megmenteni. Ott volt Augereau. A nyomdász, aki kinyomtatta könyvem, a Bűnös lélek tükrét, ami a Sorbonne teológusai szerint eretnekséggel fertőzött. A plakátbotrány után őt is felakasztották, testét elégették. Nem értem miért nem menekült Navarrába, mint mások. Aztán Rochette, a toulous-i főinkvizítor. Én helyeztettem oda, miután az előző főinkvizítor megszökött a bevádolt lutheránusokkal együtt. Szegény Rochette-t viszont megégették.

MACHIAVELLI – Kegyesnek, hűségesnek, emberségesnek, őszintének, vallásosnak kell látszani, és annak lenni; de lélekben mindig elkészülni az ellenkezőjére, mert a fejedelem gyakorta kénytelen a hit, könyörületesség, emberiesség és vallás ellen cselekedni.

GEBURON – Ne higgyék, hogy az egyszerű és alacsony állapotú emberek kevésbé gonoszak, mint a magunkfajta; sőt, még több bennük a gonoszság, nézzék a tolvajokat, gyilkosokat, boszorkányokat, hamispénzverőket s a hasonszőrű embereket: az eszük egy szempillantásig sem marad veszteg; ezek mind szegény emberek és kétkezi munkások.

MARGIT – Azon nem ütközöm meg, hogy több gonoszság szorult beléjük, mint másokba, de azon igen, hogy egyéb dolguk mellett a szerelem is gyötri őket, s azon is, hogy alantas szívben tanyát verhessen ily nemes szenvedély.

SAFFRADENT – Emlékezzék asszonyom, mit mondott Jehan de Meune mester:

Rejtheti a szerelmeket:
durva daróc, könnyű szövet

RABELAIS – Ismerik Aretinót? Felolvasnék a Kurtizánból.

Maestro Andrea – Hát nem tudod, hogy először udvaroncnak kell lenned, hogy aztán majd kardinális lehess? Na majd én kitanítalak téged! Én faragtam Monsignore della Storta-t, aztán a főtiszteletreméltó di Baccano bíborost, meg a montemari prépostot, aztán a maglianai pátriárkát, és még számtalan egyéb kiváló férfiút.

A legfőbb dolog, amit egy udvaroncnak tudnia kell, hogy hogyan kell gyalázkodni.  Továbbá az udvaronc szerencsejátékos, arrogáns, kurvapecér, eretnek, talpnyaló, rágalmazó, hálátlan, tudatlan és ostoba. Tudnia kell csalni, és  hímringyónak lenni, aktív és passzív szerepben egyaránt.

Messer Maco – Hogy lehetek rágalmazó?

Maestro Andrea – Csak mond az igazságot.

BBC – Ma reggel, VIII. Henrik és Catherine Howard esküvőjének napján, királyi utasításra kivégezték az angol kancellárt. Thomas Cromwell lándzsára szúrt feje a London Bridge-en megtekinthető.




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