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On Earth, Peace and Goodwill to all Men – Charcoal and Inktense in a plain Moleskine Sketchbook
Ruing the commercialism of the season, my thoughts strayed back to my childhood and the magic of Christmas. I recalled the expectant excitement leading up the day, carol singing, school parties, visits from relatives secreting parcels about their persons, ghost stories on the radio (wireless) – in those days there was no television so radio was a great influence on our lives.
I’ve found an old recording of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre. This is from December 23rd 1939. Settle down, turn the lights low and let your imagination transport you elsewhere. Please enjoy and, whatever your beliefs, the compliments of the season and “Peace and Goodwill”.
This is part of the opening chapter of the story narrated by Welles. He was young then but you can hear his sonorous tones already beginning to develop. I complained about commercialism, in my opening paragraph, but in those days, radio broadcasts were sponsored – this was by Campbell’s Soup. Somehow it doesn’t seem out of place adding a certain charm to the broadcast.
“And it came to pass, in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem because he was one of the house of the lineage of David, to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife being great with child. And so it was that while they were there the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn…….”
More Mercury Theatre productions can be found at:
An Early Christmas Greeting from Edinburgh – Ink and Acrylic in a Watercolour Moleskine
There is a fresh air of optimism in our capital city. For well over a year it has been impossible to gain access to the south side of Princes Street because of the new tram works. The contractors have kept their promise, by finishing the track laying on time, and it is possible to walk along both sides of our famous street again. This means our famous street party can take place on Hogmanay which is the main festival in Scotland.
This is the scene at the centre of the street, overlooking the castle. The trees are strung with thousands of lights, guaranteed to get even Scrooge into the Christmas spirit. Towards the East end a Funfair and Market has materialised. There is also a skating rink where the likes of me can view those brave enough trying to stay upright. I just hope everyone remembers what Christmas is really about.
I’ve made a small video of the general scenery and this can be viewed at:
When the time comes, enjoy your Christmas. Seasons Greetings – Bob
The day after christmas.
The little guy at the left is a “tió”. He is the one that brings presents to the catalan children.
Well, actually he “shits” the presents and sweets…
He is a magical log. Normally is just a piece ofe wood with a painted face, a hat and a scarf, but mine got this cute papier mache face (it is a puppet, in fact, not a “real” log)
Children keep him warm and feed him during the advent time. On christmas eve, they hit the poor guy with sticks and sing songs. Then, the “tió” defecates the christmas sweets and presents.
Yes, I know. We are a very scatological people…but it’s fun, anyway.
Merry christmas, and happy new year…
Little ceramic houses on display in the christmas market in Aachen (Germany). I always thought Kandern would look this way.
Merry Xmas Names List
Weihnachtsmarkt in Aachen, last sunday. Every town in Germany has its own Christmas market. Stalls with candles, woodwork, hot wine and bratwurst.
The best x-mas wishes to all of you!
Kiev, Ukraine, Rizdvo church (which means Christmas church) on Poshtova square, near the riverbank of the Dniepr. I drew this from the meeting room at the 4th floor of my hotel. http://renefijten.blogspot.com/
It’s not snowing yet. Sigh.