Cithara Titanica: the violin from the Titanic

Die Saturni cithara vendita est quae anno MCMXII in naufragio notissimo canita erat. Navis Titanica molem glaciei medio pelago arietavit et lente in mare sidebat. Dum navis submergebat et viatores scaphas intrabant, citharas cantatores sonabant ut omnes demitigarentur. Tandem omnibus scaphis deductis relicti in constrato mortem aequo animo exspectabant. Ultimum carmen quod cithara haec cecinit erat ‘Deus, ad te proprior’. Pretium erat paene librorum milio.

The violin rescued from the sea in April 1912, auctioned in October 2013

Description of the body of bandleader Walter

On Saturday, a violin was sold which had been played in a very famous ship-wreck in 1912. The SS Titanic crashed into an ic-berg mid-ocean and was slowly settling into the sea. While the ship was sinking and the passengers were boarding the lifeboats, the musicians played their instruments in order that everyone would be calmed. Finally, with all the lifeboats launched, those left waited calmly for death on the deck. The final tune that this violin played was ‘Nearer my God to thee.’  Its price was almost a million pounds.


de tirunculis raedariis: newly qualified drivers

Duces reipublicae censent iuvenes virginesque coercendos: oportet nati intra duodeviginti annos, qui se temerarie gerant, raedas non ducant soli. Nonnullae calamitates tirunculis accidunt. Sed dux AA (raedariorum comitatus) consilium iniustum esse dixit quod nihil aliud est iuvenibus virginibusque extra urbes nisi itinera in raedis faciant. Fallitur. Birotae perfectae sunt ad itinera rustica facienda.

Edmund King, AA president, who has forgotten about bikes

The Government proposes that there should be restrictions on young men and women: those who are under eighteen should not drive cars on their own. A lot of accidents happen with young beginners. But the president of the AA, a motorists’ organisation, said the plan is unfair because there is no alternative for youngsters outside towns unless they can travel by car. He is mistaken. Bicycles are ideal for journeys in the country.

Ludi Globales Pedipilae: Football World Cup

Qatari regno Ludos Globales Pedipilae Fifa anno MMXXII celebrabit. Alii anxii sunt quod clima ibi est calidissimum. Lusores nulli aestate currere possint quod  vapor solis eos decoctos interficiat. Hieme potest ludos celebrare? Sodalia magna sicut Mancunium Unitum inventioni huic non favent. Alicubi ludos celebrare? ‘Minime’ legati regis Qatari dicunt. Alii anxii sunt quod Qatarii fabros adventos, qui stadia fabricant, sicut servos contemnant. Commissio Fifae res exquirent.


Fifa will hold the 2022 Football World Cup in the kingdom of Qatar. Some are worried because the climate there is very hot. None of the players can run in the summer because the heat of the sun will kill them with heat exhaustion. Is it possible to hold the tournament in the winter? Big clubs like Manchester United do not support this idea. Could it be held elsewhere? ‘No way’ say the representatives of the Emir of Qatar. Others are worried because the Qataris, they say, are treating the migrant workers who are building the stadia badly, like slaves. A Fifa committee will look into these problems.