Words: ocarina, n.

Christopher Hawtree
Sunday 25 April 1999 23:02

INFLATION HAS doubled the price of books at a nearby charity shop, but even at 20p Fred Dellar's account of obscure Sixties musicians, Where Did You Go To, My Lovely? (1983), is a bargain .

Sixteen years on, some are dead, but Marianne Faithfull is better than ever; the Zombies sport a scholarly box-set; and "Love Is All Around" coins it in for Reg Presley of the Troggs. Less need now for "Wild Thing" and "to snarl the number and add his ocarina solo at every gig". A century before, Good Words made a metaphor of this limited, goose-shaped, terracotta wind instrument from the Apennines: "Ducks and geese, which are to the loudest Cochin China what an ocarina is to a flageolet." And who owns a stylophone now?

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