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This is Tim Minchin, who I only know from writing the score for "Matilda" and this might be one of the numbers that made people think of him for the job. most of his stuff is slightly more to the point.

This is Tim Minchin, who I only know from writing the score for "Matilda" and this might be one of the numbers that made people think of him for the job. Most of his stuff is slightly more to the point and not something that would make you think "Oh, kids will love this" unless your kids are spending a lot of time in detention.

Our final Planet of the Apes post for this month (at least) is about Le Grande Singerie, a room decorated with all things monkey.

Detail from La Grande Singerie
Detail from La Grande Singerie, Château de Chantilly, [photo: France Today]
Our final Planet of the Apes post for this month (at least) is about Le Grande Singerie, a room decorated with all things monkey.

The grandest Grande Singerie is in the Château de Chantilly, a modest 18th century bungalow about 30 miles from Paris.

Says the Times:

In the early 1700s it was fashionable for aristocrats to keep monkeys as pets. They dressed the monkeys in fancy outfits for comic effect and taught them human tricks, like pickpocketing, that they would display on leisurely walks around Versailles.

“The monkey was like a dog, a domestic animal,” Ms. Garnier-Pelle said.

But why is Huet’s work so compelling today? “Monkeys represent man,” she said. “When we laugh at monkeys, we laugh at ourselves.”

This is the sort of thing that encouraged the French Revolution. Talk about your popular ape species uprisings.

Happy Bastille Day.