Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear

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I’ve lived the whole of my sixty plus years never knowing what “auld lang syne” really meant. I’ve got the gist of the words but not their literal meaning. So here, courtesy of Wikipedia, is the explanation. Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune…… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear

My top 3 non-alcoholic ginger beers

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Since starting my chemotherapy treatment I’ve become strictly teetotal. Consequently I’m now a connoisseur of ginger beer. These are my 3 favourite ginger beers: Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer Established 1905 Read the company history here. A 275ml bottle costs £1.20 at my favourite supermarket. (To price compare with the other two: 750ml would cost £3.27).…… Continue reading My top 3 non-alcoholic ginger beers

Still a few days remaining to support #JR4NHS

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There’s an update at Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS – Round 2 which if you’re concerned about the future of our NHS you need to read. I last wrote about this campaign on December 18th and since then the crowdfunding has grown considerably. The more I read about #JR4NHS the more serious and shocking the…… Continue reading Still a few days remaining to support #JR4NHS

#OnThisDay in 1934 Maggie Smith was born.

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Margaret Natalie Smith was born in Ilford, Essex on 28 December 1934. Now, eighty three years later, Maggie Smith is one of Britain’s most well known actors. Appearing in over fifty films, innumerable TV productions and countless stage performances, Dame Maggie Smith has dominated British drama for six decades. Maggie Smith first appeared on stage…… Continue reading #OnThisDay in 1934 Maggie Smith was born.

100th Blogpost

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I started writing this blog on March 20th 2017. I challenged myself to write one post each day for one year. I missed three days in April but otherwise managed to publish a blogpost every day until May 6th. Then disaster struck! I became ill and received a cancer diagnosis. The situation was serious as…… Continue reading 100th Blogpost

Rare archive film of Santa Claus

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Early film footage of Santa Claus is rare. But here are three very old clips from Pathe News featuring Santa and assorted hangers-on and helpers. 1914 / 18 Santa takes presents to children in Hackney during WW1. 1921 Santa flies from Ingatestone to Croydon and delivers presents. 1928 Santa takes presents to sick…… Continue reading Rare archive film of Santa Claus

Have a very Happy Brass Band Christmas!

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What to follow an Old Time Music Hall Christmas? A Brass Band Christmas, of course! Hope you enjoy these five fantastic brass ensembles as they celebrate Christmas. Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band perform Gaudete, Coventry Carol and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Mansfield Brass Band play The Christmas Song Hythe,…… Continue reading Have a very Happy Brass Band Christmas!

Have a very happy Old Time Music Hall Christmas!

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As an alternative to the Carols and Christmas Pop you might like to try these old Music Hall artistes. Jack Pleasants Born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1875, Jack Pleasants was a music hall artist popular in the  North of England in the early part of the twentieth century. His more famous recordings were of “I’m…… Continue reading Have a very happy Old Time Music Hall Christmas!

Same Christmas Song – 3 different versions.

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I like this Christmas Carol by John Rutter and these different interpretations. The Concerto di Natale 2008-Basilica Superiore di San Francesco d’Assisi sing Donkey Carol by John Rutter.  This is Donkey Carol sung by Northland Community Choir And Donkey Carol sung by the Corfu Children’s Choir. Thanks for reading my blog today.