Category: History & Culture

not art, music, performing arts or literature

La Belle France

This evening: La belle France Comment se fait-il que le début fassent justice en belle France ?  An English person either detests France, sees it as a source of cheap alcohol or has a love affair with it.  I am…


This evening: Éire Céad mile fáilte and may the wind be always at your back. With the Irish charm, lilting silver tongues, their lyricism and the blessing of the blarney, the welcome is hard to resist.  Auden pointed out, about…


This evening: Alba Caraidean, please spend 3 minutes 27 seconds to view the youtube of one of the most beautiful lands on earth –  the mist, the mountains, the heather – this is Alba.

Adeste Fideles

Noël est-il pour vous une fête religieuse ? oui 70.26% non 29.74% Well, that’s pretty encouraging, isn’t it?  The vast majority of Figaro respondents see Christmas as religious.  Time then to run this evening’s carol:

Not quite carols

Some credit Charles Wesley with the words, some don’t. The music is by Fe­lice de Gi­ar­di­ni, in The Col­lect­ion of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Cha­pel of the Lock Hos­pi­tal, 1769. De Gi­ar­di­ni wrote the music spe­ci­fic­al­ly for…