And a Joy to Your World Too!
Thanks to my friend Linda for this one.
December 9 - 1960: The first episode of Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
Offertory for the Second Sunday in Advent
Wilt thou not turn again, O God, and quicken us, that they people may rejoice in thee; show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
A Manual of Catholic DevotionFor Members of the Church of England (Revised 1969)
Mr. Bedford, in the title of the carol, has given us a singular etymological derivation of the word carol from Carolus; viz. "A Christmas carol, so called because such were in use in K. Charles I. Reign."! The reader of the present volume will not, it is feared, entertain a very high opinion of Mr. Bedford's antiquarian learning, at least on the subject of Christmas carols.
Until recent times both variations were sung at Christmas in various Gloucestershire villages though A Virgin Pure was often set to the tune of Admiral Benbow, a popular ballad. The tune most commonly used and included by Stainer and Bramley is Herefordshire.
December 8 - 1596: Luis de Carabajal the younger, one of the first Jewish authors in the Americas, died in an auto-da-fé in Mexico City.Therefore be merry
Set sorrow away!
For Jesus our Savour
Was born on this day!
|Il Reial Monestir de santa Maria Pedralbes is approached today through one of the medieval |
gates between the defense towers of the old walls. Its position outside the city made
it vulnerable to attack and the Barcelona civil guard were charged with its protection.
|The cobblestone street leads up past buildings that are currently used by the order - greatly reduced|
in size to a handful of nuns. The order has been expelled several times from Pedrables but has returned each time.
|Santa Maria de Pedrables faces a large and pleasant square which is now part of a residential complex. |
At one time it was monastery grounds which occupied much of the area. The building is a considered one
of the best examples of Catalan Gothic.
|A broad expanse of stairs once led to gardens and the palace of Queen Elisenda - it now leads to a residential area of Sarrià. The sector has always been considered one of the more desirable places to live in Barcelona.|
Unusually the tomb of Queen Elisenda is double-sided and depicts her in the two periods of her adult life.
Facing the church is the Queen (below) while it is the widow and penitent that faces towards the cloister.
|per noi, per noi tu prega, prega |
sempre e nell'ora della morte nostra,
prega per noi, prega per noi, prega.
Ave Maria. . .
nell'ora della morte.
Ave!. . .Amen!
|for us, pray for us, pray |
now and at the hour of our death
pray for us, pray for us, pray
at the hour of our death.
Ave! .... Amen
|The first Advent Calendar designed and printed by Richard Seller in 1946. It became a very |
popular import in North America when the Eisenhower family received one. It is still available today.
|The Rathaus in Hündfeld, Germany becomes a gigantic Advent Calendar for the Christmas Season.|
|A handcraft Advent Calendar made from painted, recycled tin cans and a branch - |
an ingenuous example of a homemade countdown to Christmas.
December 1, 2005I look around me and see all the things that truly say I have won the lottery.
I have lottery fantasies.
I dream about being able to buy fast cars and designer clothes until they come out of my ears. I want houses in London, New York, East Hampton and Rio. I want to be able to travel first class and work out at The Third Space and get reservations at Annabel's just because of who I am. I want to be able to take hot dates on tours of the National Gallery. When it's closed. Because I'm one of it's biggest benefactors.
Needless to say, twice a week, I am disappointed.
This morning, on the way to work on the tube, I was reading a Times article, written by Annie Lennox, about the millions and millions of people in Africa who are suffering with HIV and AIDS, and dying, and how the governments of the richer nations, such as the one I live in, have pledged support over an eight year period. And how they absolutely must stay committed to this goal.
One of the kids she spoke to on a recent trip to Africa was dying of AIDS. But before he got sick he lost his mother, father, brothers, sisters and pretty much everyone else he cared about to the same disease. He was totally alone in the world. With no hope. And certainly no dreams of fast cars or a nice comfortable house, anywhere. And that shit isn't even near the important stuff.
There are approximately 6,450,000,000 humans on Earth.
Most of them are not 33 year olds who have careers which afford them access to guest lists to the best clubs and bars the city has to offer. They don't have friends who will stick with them no matter what (and slip them Jil Sander dress shirts every now and then.)They don't have housemates who have Thai cuisine prepared and ready to eat when they arrive home. They don't have comfortable beds to sleep in at night.
When I think about it I kinda did win the lottery.
About 33 years ago
EVERYTHING IS NOT REAL - Christopher