So I'm reading this nicely done piece on various corruption scandals enlivening China's top classical music academies, when I come across this phrase:
In June, accordion professor Cao Xiaoqing was treated for multiple stab wounds,
Naturally, I thought, if wilfully and with malice aforethought one deliberately teaches the accordion to young people then frenzied stabbing incidents will be an occupational hazard. But then I read on:
...resulting from an angry father who found his wife had an affair with Cao to help with their daughter’s admission.
In other words, the poor child's mother wanted her to play the accordion to an advanced level so much she had sex with the accordion teacher.
OK, file under China never ceasing to astonish. But then it occured to me that accordionship still seems to be a big thing in the remaining communist countries, which in turn seems to relate to those compulsory culture and calisthenics events that Eastern Bloc countries were so fond of in days of year. They seem to have inherited this tradition in turn from the similar events staged by 19th century eastern European nationalist movements. In Iron Kingdom, Christopher Clark traces the origin of these to the gymnastics movement strarted by Prussian nationalists while under French rule in the eartly 19th century. So you have a more or less direct line connecting German resistance to Napoleon with Pyongyang's Arirang games and a bizarre love triangle in Beijing.