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I told you so… Gustave Doré’s Babel

Jonathan Miller is a recovering journalist. He studies the fabrication of information. He is a student of France and the French, especially the relationship between England and France, the French and English languages, Percheron horses and the Citroën Traction Avant.

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  1. David Burdon said, on July 27, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Jonathan,

    came across your blog when you commented on the same story as me in the Telegraph – Jeff Randall’s piece on the BBC.

    I like your structure and content. Puts my blogs to shame. I’ll come back to read from time to time.

  2. Rob White said, on August 4, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Jonathan – As one of the zombie journalists at today’s FMD press conference – any idea which private companies operate at Pirbright? (Should say in our defence we did pick up on La Reynolds’ Pirbright remarks immediately!)
    Regards – Rob White, ITV News.

  3. Scylla & Charybdis said, on November 13, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog. V. good.
    I do like the Tower of Babel as an illustration and understand the confusion of tongues – with my added dyslexia. I am a writer, albeit an advertising copywriter, after 40 years in French, German and Spanish speaking locations, and after a few pints, I often find myself verbally confused.

    I shall follow your pages with interest.

  4. samhenry said, on May 23, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Oh, yes, long live fabricated information, Harrods and the French language unadulterated by any other (especially the trash from these American shores). I mean someone who knows that the great vowel shift was not a war can’t be all bad. I will have to return and often.

    Oh, and I had a dear old aunt who was overweight. She got stuck in the back of a Citroyen taxi of 40 years ago. I THINK we got her out. Never paid much attention to that branch of the family.

  5. Ivan York said, on August 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Mr Miller
    I have read your work concerning your Uncle Morris in the Spanish Civil War. I visit the area regularly and have an interest in that period of history. I am having difficulty finding a way to contact you. I am not sure but are you the same J Miller that works on C4?
    I have a Catalan friend that farms the area near Gandesa so will be visiting in September. Happy to leave some flowers for your Uncle Morris when I am there .
    Ivan York

    • Jonathan Miller said, on August 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Thank you for finding me. No, I am not the Channel 4 News correspondent. He is a very fine journalist – and there are very few. I used to be confused with Jonathan Miller polymath and was even sent librettos. There are in fact hundreds if not thousands of people with my name, I have discovered via Google! What a cohort… perhaps we should demand a homeland, asylum or sanctuary.

  6. Jaume Ramon Sole said, on February 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Picture Group of Maurice Miller Spanish Civil War: # 1 is a view of Tarrega , Lleida, taken from the garden of Toló , with members of the 15th Political Curator . Brigade . We have identified some of the brigade that appear :
    The first brigade right to left is Mexican painter Antonio Hill Jiménez (1913-1995) , who was a member of the ” League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists of Mexico .” In May 1940 he participated in the attempted assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City , was arrested and went into exile in his country.
    The second brigade right to left are William Susman ( aka Bill ELISA) ( 1915-2003 ) , of New Haven – Connecticut, who was one of the promoters of the files ALBA ( Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives ) . Thanks to him we have online photographs reproduced today . 1977 to return to Barcelona , said: ” I sat quietly on a bench in the Plaza Catalonia and started to cry without knowing why .”
    The brigade military hat and black tie , which is located right in the center of the photo is John Gates (born Solomon Regenstriet ) ( 1913-1992 ) , New York City , a prominent leader of the ” American Communist Party “and was the editor in chief of the American Communist Party newspaper ” The daily Worker ” until 1957 . He published his memoirs , ” The Story of an American Communist ” in 1958 . Another picture of him is No. 8 , also made Tarrega , despite the smiling image of the curator , those days were tragic for the 15th . Brigade . Gates ordered the execution of two fellow brigadiers for desertion : Paul White and Abramofsky Bernad , which caused a strong dissent within the battalion , which compelled him to rectify it and announced that anyone else s’excutaria . (Letter amended International) .
    To the left of the brigade have John Gates Canadian Frank Rogers , right above Tajonar in Melchor and the first sitting to the left is the American commissioner Milton Gale of Miami, and next in Morris Goldstein of Brooklyn, the third is sitting white shirt brigade British Maurice Miller (1916-1938) , Hull – England , who died three months later on the hill 666 Pàndols in full battle of the Ebro. At his side and to the right there is also British Rhondaa of Harry Dobson , of Wales , who died on 28 July 1938 near Gandesa in the Ebro offensive.


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