Here are the Blogs in the John M. Joyce category.
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Monday, 28 December 2009
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You know that you live in a small town when the guy who serves you at your local store speaks English – as his first language!...Read More...
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Posted on 12/28/2009 7:03 AM by John M. Joyce
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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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This, some of you might be pleased to discover, is the final post in this series. The posts have been fun to write and I hope that you have enjoyed some of them and some of the links to the music. You’ll no doubt have noted that Rebecca posted here Robert Herrick’s (1591-1674) merry Carol. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2009 7:18 AM by John M. Joyce
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009
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I’ve barely scratched the surface of the history of Christmas Carols because I’ve allowed myself to be diverted into a few interesting side-channels, so in this penultimate post of the series let me rapidly fill in some of the major historical points and give you all the occasional link ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2009 7:07 AM by John M. Joyce
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Tuesday, 22 December 2009
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Silent Night I have endeavoured to point out in this short series of posts that the tradition of Christmas Carols is an ever-changing one in its details and that new Carols come into being all the time. Perhaps the most famous new Carol of our modern age is ‘Silent Night’:   Stille ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2009 9:43 AM by John M. Joyce
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Monday, 21 December 2009
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As I wrote in yesterday's post I consider the distinction between Christmas Carols and Christmas songs to be rather artificial. Many of our modern Christmas songs mention a certain Santa Claus – a semi-magical being that brings presents at Christmastide – and some would argue that such songs ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2009 7:00 AM by John M. Joyce
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Sunday, 20 December 2009
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Some people seek to make a distinction between Christmas Carols and Christmas songs. I believe that such a distinction is spurious because originally all Christmas Carols were merely songs which celebrated Christmas and were sung by the laity or the choir inside, and outside of, Church services at Christmastide. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2009 7:01 AM by John M. Joyce
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Saturday, 19 December 2009
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There are today carols for many of the great Feasts of the Church but by far and away most often we use the word to refer to the songs about Christ’s Incarnation which we sing at Christmas in Church – or privately. The English word ‘Carol’ derives from the Old French verb ‘caroller’ ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2009 9:14 AM by John M. Joyce
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Friday, 18 December 2009
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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day On Christmas Day in 1863AD one of the USA’s great poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), composed the following poem entitled ‘Christmas Bells’:   I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2009 7:58 AM by John M. Joyce
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Thursday, 17 December 2009
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I have a particular fondness for many of the very old Christmas Carols which are seldom heard these days – Mary has one here – for they are often very simple once one manages to get to grips with the older form of English in which they are written. Many of these old Carols are nothing more ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2009 8:41 PM by John M. Joyce
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Wednesday, 16 December 2009
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I saw three ships come sailing in I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day; I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day in the morning. And what was in those ships all three, On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day? And what was in those ships all three, On Christmas ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2009 7:32 AM by John M. Joyce
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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The Holly and the Ivy: This is a very old carol and it seems that it survived the reformation and the fell, evil and dreadful hand of the so-called Lord Protector. The lyrics are as follows, or so they have come down to us:   The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown Of all the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2009 7:12 AM by John M. Joyce
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Monday, 14 December 2009
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The Twelve Days of Christmas: Although, and I love to be a pedant, in the fourth stanza it is not ‘calling birds’ but more correctly ‘collie birds’ – blackbirds that is, a plentiful food source when this roundalay was originally penned, and therefore a most useful gift. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/14/2009 6:33 AM by John M. Joyce
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Wednesday, 9 December 2009
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Well, apart from the hookers and the gigolos, it works pretty much as most things organised by governments work: scarcely at all, that is, and with a deep and sleazy feel. Physically the security here in Copenhagen is very good. There are security gates and frequent checkings of ones pass – especially ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2009 6:49 AM by John M. Joyce
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Tuesday, 8 December 2009
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The World’s oldest industry sought to defend itself against the Copenhagen climate summit by offering free call-girl services to delegates: ...the city council had postcards sent to 160 hotels urging people coming to town for next week’s UN Climate Change Conference to "be sustainable ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2009 4:30 PM by John M. Joyce
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Tuesday, 8 December 2009
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Let’s start with the election of Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri as Chairman of this most important Conference. Did you know, were you ever told, that the good Doctor (2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner on behalf of, and head of, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] along with Vice-President ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2009 6:41 AM by John M. Joyce
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Friday, 4 December 2009
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After reading Esmerelda’s very interesting posts on Public Houses and Inn signs at this post and also here I went crawling through my attic and dug out some of my notes from those ill-remembered lectures, delivered to me in far off and almost forgotten (yes, and halcyon) times, which I mentioned ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/04/2009 6:49 AM by John M. Joyce
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
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As long as allegations and accusations of corruption against government officials, innocent or guilty, in the Muslim world are seen as attacks against the state and treasonous crimes then nothing in those Muslim countries is ever going to change and the filthy stench of the festering dishonesty of many ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/21/2009 6:38 AM by John M. Joyce
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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In modern diplomacy it is generally assumed that all Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers of Government are equal to each other and that no extraordinary greetings, nor ordinary greetings for that matter (beyond those that are required by mere human and everyday social interaction), are ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 6:11 AM by John M. Joyce
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
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Here is the incomparable Yvonne Kenny singing that wonderful song (Das himmlische Leben) from Mahler’s last Wunderhorn symphony – the fourth. It’s a song originally composed by Mahler some eight years before his fourth symphony was actually composed. This song was originally destined ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2009 6:57 AM by John M. Joyce
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Saturday, 14 November 2009
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A recent Somali immigrant to the U.S. died and ended up in front of the Pearly Gates. He knocked upon them, naturally, and, equally as naturally, St. Peter cracked them open and asked him what he wanted.  “I’m here to get Jesus,” the Somali responded to the Saint.   “Jesus, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/14/2009 6:08 AM by John M. Joyce
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