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So yes, we've had an inch of snow in London. I've still made it into the office though (go me!) Let's see how quickly I can get back out again...

Because [livejournal.com profile] draycevixen is doing a list of her favourite Christmas Songs, I thought I'd get onto the band wagon and do the same thing. She's picking popular music, but as I love singing Christmas Carols, I thought that I might pick out some of my favourite from that genre.

Mind you, favourite seems to equal 'unusual'...

I therefore present my first pick, The Gloucestershire Wassail.

You can tell it's a drinking song, can't you?!

It's also my first embedded video, so lets see how this one goes...

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Date: 2010-12-02 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gritsinmisery.livejournal.com
OMG, I adore the "place" carols -- the ones named after counties or towns. I have an album of Victorian Christmas music played by Robin Petrie on the "piano harp" -- the hammered dulcimer in a fancy stand / case -- and it's one of my favorites. It's got The Sussex Mummers Carol, The Wexford Carol, The Sussex Carol, and The Somerset Carol. It's also got The Carnal and the Crane, The Furry Day Carol, and The Sans Day Carol (which is kind of The Holly and the Ivy, sideways.)

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Date: 2010-12-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draycevixen.livejournal.com

You're the first of my English mates to post about the snow and then say they went to work. Dedicated or masochist? We'll decide...

I'm very happy to see Gloucestershire represented.

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Date: 2010-12-02 03:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vatine
I have been mostly giggling at the snow hysteria, while continuing to make my way between home and the office (in Docklands). But, then, I have a different set-point for what constitutes "snow chaos".

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Date: 2010-12-02 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draycevixen.livejournal.com

I'm an Englishwoman who lived in Ohio for a while -- 8 feet of snow? Business as usual -- and now live in the American South where two snowflakes is enough to shut the place down completely... well, if they fell in the same place.

It's 40F outside right now and the natives refuse to set foot out there unless it's strictly necessary and then only in four layers of clothing.

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Date: 2010-12-02 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] constant-muse.livejournal.com
"The Obligatory Snow Post" hee! well done you for making the effort to go to work.

The embedding worked a treat - but rather strange vid. I'll just take the music, thank you.

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Date: 2010-12-02 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
Yay! First embedded video works!

What a pretty, *jolly* song this is. And from Gloucestershire, too (<--ancestral turf). This would be a good one to sing on Christmas Day after quaffing too much Bailey's.

...hee! Banjos!...

Good luck getting home. My city is paralysed by snow maybe once every couple of years, simply because we get almost no snow, and accumulations are so rare that we don't have enough equipment or infrastructure to deal with them quickly. So I'm certainly not going to sneer at London!

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Date: 2010-12-02 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothic-violin.livejournal.com
God, yes, the unsual ones, and the beautiful ones. Like the carols we have up here in Sheffield, like The Sussex Carol and Sweet Bells, and all the harmonies. The Sussex Mummers Carol rings a bell too. And yeah the northern rollicking version of the Holly and the Ivy. :)))

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Date: 2010-12-02 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roven75.livejournal.com
This is lovely, and I've never heard it before! Thank you :)

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Date: 2010-12-08 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clanwilliam.livejournal.com
Thanks for this. I finally get exactly why you nearly collapsed when I played you the Schwarznegging Song from Mrs Ackroyd.

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