Thursday, December 2, 2010

One of the main reasons I love December... this song , sung by the choir of Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester, England.

The main thing to remember about Gloucester is that it is pronounced glawster and that it is in glawstersher and not, as many Americans think, Glaowchester in Glaowchestershyre. The English are strange in other ways too: they pronounce Leicester as lester and Thames as temz, they hold their knife in one hand and their fork in the other throughout their meal, and they smush their peas into their mashed potatoes.

Just about everything a person could want to know about the song (“In the Bleak Midwinter”) is in this article.

Just about everything a person could want to know about Gloucester Cathedral is in this article.

Just about everything a person could want to know about the city of Gloucester, England, is in this article.

If you want to know about anything else, you’re pretty much on your own. Give people a fact and they learn one new thing. Teach people how to find facts themselves and they will never stop learning.


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  3. well i have learned one new thing today ,,,maybe tomorrow you will share another thing so i can learn one new thing for that day<><><>i will be damed if i am going to search the internet for it

  4. p.s. by the way that comment that the opposite of faith is certainty has made me think until i am thunck out

  5. That was very nice.
    What can you give him Give him your heart :)

  6. Thank you, Lady's Life, for commenting. I'm glad you liked the song. The same words set to this tune by Harold Darke was voted "the most beautiful Christmas carol ever written" in a poll of some of the world's leading choirmasters and choral experts. I love both tunes. I can't choose between them.

    Putz, here are some other thoughts to think about: Faith is just trust, believing something you don't know for certain. If you believe a chair is sturdy, you will sit in it. If you believe a chair is not sturdy, nothing will convince you to sit in it. And if you believe (or even think you are certain) a chair is sturdy but it really isn't, your behind will end up crashing to the floor.

  7. Lovely, lovely. Simply lovely! One of my favorites, too. Thanks for the links. Did you, perchance, follow the link in the article about the cathedral that describes the church's organ? WOW!

    I followed your comment link to the Darke version of the carol, which I had never heard before. It's lovely, also. However, I suppose familiarity makes me prefer the Holst setting.