Sunday Serendipity

Still moving edition

This is a wonderful choir piece to start out the season From, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Performing: In The Bleak Midwinter

I tried to get last years scaled down performance but for some reason it didn’t want to embed. You can view it on youtube. I very much enjoy the cleanness of the scaled back version. But both are good and worth a listen

Enjoy, Jack

In The Bleak Midwinter

From Wiki

In the Bleak Midwinter” is a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, commonly performed as a Christmas carol. The poem was published, under the title “A Christmas Carol“, in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly, and was first collected in book form in Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems (Macmillan, 1875).

In 1906, the composer Gustav Holst composed a setting of Rossetti’s words (titled “Cranham”) in The English Hymnal which is sung throughout the world. An anthem setting by Harold Darke composed in 1909 is also widely performed by choirs and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.


31 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. an updated hanukkah miracle story in the making perhaps?

    the guardian:

    One of the biggest businesses in New York City has developed a worrying hole: bagels.

    According to the New York Times, bagel shop owners are facing a shortage of cream cheese, a culinary calamity that could upend how tens of thousands New Yorkers begin their day.

    “This is bad,” Pedro Aguilar, a manager at Pick-a-Bagel, told the paper. “This is very bad.”

    As of Friday afternoon, Pick-a-Bagel predicted its schmear supply would only last until Monday.

    Zabar’s, an upscale deli in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, only had enough cream cheese to last 10 days.



    sooo, maybe the “festival of lights” will be extended 10 days and be renamed the “festival of delights”? perhaps celebrated by schmearing and eating a different flavored bagel each night for the 10 days instead of just lighting candles for 8.

    for the factoid anal retentive of us, here’s a blurb about the usual last day which starts tonight this year:

    The last day of Hanukkah marks the end of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom.

    The last day of Hanukkah is the eighth day of Hanukkah. It is known as Zose Hanukkah, Zos Hanukkah or Zot Hanukkah. It marks the day on which the great miracle of oil occurred, according to Jewish belief. It is a particularly special day because it encapsulates all of Hanukkah.

  2. an early christmas present for our friends to the north who are brightening the lives of their fellow serfs

    Bill 27: Right to disconnect passes in Ontario | HRD Canada (

    Working for Workers Act, has officially been passed in Ontario. The act, which aims to improve the working lives of Canadians, has two main components – the elimination of individual contracts of employment, permitting a non-competition restriction amongst employees, and the right to disconnect. Both have the propensity to change the landscape of employment law in Canada – for both organizations and their people.HRDspoke to Michael Horvat, partner at Aird & Berlis, who talked us through some of the finer  points of the bill – and what it’s passing could mean for Canadian leaders.
    Right to disconnect
    The second proposal is the provision for disconnecting – prohibiting employers from contacting employees on work-related issues after their day is done. This is a much more interesting (and potentially complex) amendment. The right to disconnect has already gained momentum across Europe, with France, Portugal and Northern Ireland already rolling out said restrictions. And while it sounds like a good idea in theory – in actuality it’s a difficult law to police.
    “I think the right to disconnect is coming from a good place,” Horvat told HRD. “There’s individuals in workplaces being constantly called on after work. And these are not necessarily senior people. Therefore, they’re completing a lot of uncompensated work after hours.



    down here in the states, the saying is: workers unplug, you have nothing to lose but your job.

  3. Kite Hill makes a wonderful, non-dairy cream cheese with chives. Plant-based will solve their “problem.”


    jack – That is a soothing piece, and, it reminds me that “The Vicar of Dibley” and other BBC Christmas shows are on DVD that I need to get out of seasonal storage.

    This is my “bleak winter” pick-me-up. I like it best with flute and guitar, but I have two hours of different versions of this on my playlist. Christmas letter writing music.

  5. In days of yore this would be Jack sitting over in the corner with a portable record player and 2 stacks of 45 rpm records.
    And all the boys would have their own comb.

  6. Jack, very nice. Hope the English churches aren’t still helping the kids keep their clear high voices as castrati. 
    And there’s always Vivaldi’s winter movement from The Four Seasons. On of my crappy season favorites. 

  7. I think Snoopy and Woodstock could skate to “Bordel 1900.”

    Julie Andrew’s version is lovely.

  8. Kite Hill makes a wonderful, non-dairy cream cheese

    Ooh thank you, was looking for one, will try 👍

  9. I reached out thru a mutual friend to Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign secretary I covered a lot in those days, got this nice response: “told Nelson you’re asking about him. He responds: “What a wonderful and decent man. Tell him that means a lot to me. And I’m not being sarcastic. I know it’s impossible to tell with me.”

  10. Bink – I’ve only tried the one with chives. Another brand I like is Treeline. Again, I’ve only tried the chivey/herby one. I’ve had Violife and Mykonos brands; they were good. I would steer clear of anything branded Daiya.


    Disgusting. Imbecilic. Republican.

    “US Rep. Thomas Massie is drawing criticism after tweeting a photo of him and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree, just days after four teenagers were killed in a school shooting in Michigan.”

    “Merry Christmas!, ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” read the Saturday tweet by the Republican representative from Kentucky, which showed everyone in the photo holding various types of guns.“

  12. As a Senate page one of our jobs was to bring a glass of water to senators when they stood up to speak. Dole, who was Minority Leader, told me to bring “Barry” (meaning Goldwater) soda water because he “mixes it with gin”, which was true, kept a flask in his desk. 

  13. It is that time of the year when all those who bet against the Detroit Lions that they suck one in, finally.  Yay Lions they won one game this year.


    “Former GOP Sen. David Perdue plans to announce Monday that he’s mounting a primary challenge against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a move that will pit the ally of former President Donald Trump against the incumbent Republican governor and set up an intra-party fight…”

    “A spokesman for Perdue said in a statement to CNN, “If Brian Kemp fought (Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Stacey Abrams as hard as he fights Perdue and Trump, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”

    Well, Stacey Abrams will deal with whatever GOP devil runs against her this time.

  15. thomas massie’s daughter is holding a fucking Uzi in their Xmas card, WTF is wrong with these people?

  16. So, weirdos amass all these guns, get old, die, and the the guns get left to relatives who don’t know what the hell to do with them, so they sell them, or give them away, and now dear sweet grampy’s guns are on the streets, killing people.

  17. i love how she drowns out the instruments, it’s usually the other way around

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