Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Advent, door 12...

Ok, it's been jolly cold but we've not had much snow this year. Not yet. Not here. Not like in 2013 when intrepid BBC Lincs reporter (now Breakfast Show presenter) Scott Dalton was to be found lurking in a snow-bound Central Park accosting all and sundry... including yours truly (who was on the way back from taking Charlie to nursery)...

 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent, day eleven...

The return of the wilder elements of winter this weekend makes especially appropriate this seasonal offering from the poet, Andrew Young.

'Hard Frost' is hardly high art. Nevertheless, it's entirely appropriate. And as we shiver it's good to be reminded that, 'in the long war, grown warmer/the sun will strike him dead and strip his armour.'

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent, door ten...

It's the world-famous Lincoln Christmas Market this weekend* and what better way to mark the occasion than by having a fairground organ (in this case, one resident at the market in 2009) behind door ten of the digital Advent calendar?

Lincoln Christmas Market began in 2011 with just 11 stalls. It's now grown into one of the largest in Europe, including those famed Christmas fairs in Germany. And the Teutonic connection doesn't end there as the event was initially conceived as a tribute to the annual festive market held in Lincoln's twin town, Neustadt in Germany.

So in addition to fairground rides (and organs, like this one) you can sample a range of traditional German food and drink as well as all the other things you'd expect to find at a Christmas market.



*STOP PRESS! If you were planning to visit Lincoln Christmas Market today this might be as close as you're going to get. Unfortunately the event was cancelled late yesterday in view of the extreme weather warnings. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Advent, door eight...

Ok, Ok. I know. These days an Advent calendar has to have chocolate. Though when I were a lad, you got a little coloured picture and a verse from t'Bible. And we were grateful!

Anyway, if you want chocolate behind door nine, you're got it. But what is it?


Friday, 8 December 2017

Advent, door eight...

Time for some music, in this case to decorate the tree to. Because although this is Advent, we're all in the habit of celebrating early, aren't we? In our case, the tree goes up at the beginning of December and stays up till Candlemas (the traditional end of Christmas, in February) if I have my way.

Anyway, what better than a bit of Maddy Prior to get you into the festive mood. Here's God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen as it really should be sung, nothing like a cathedral choir, not a bit like a King's College Chorister but every bit as authentic as these carols (which weren't ever, originally, 'church' tunes) demands...

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