Thursday, November 21, 2019

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist.

A carol a day: We Three Kings of Orient Are

THERE are several unusual aspects to We Three Kings of Orient Are. It was something of a one-hit wonder, as none of the writer’s...

A carol a day: I Saw Three Ships

ONE of the cheeriest carols is I Saw Three Ships. It was first published in 1833 but had been around for centuries before that. Presumably...

A carol a day: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

BEFORE I started writing this series, I had no idea that many of our favourite carols originated in the United States. Following O Little...

Heading: A carol a day: God rest you merry, gentlemen

AT the start of Charles Dickens’s 1843 A Christmas Carol, we see Ebenezer Scrooge in his counting house on Christmas Eve. His nephew calls...

A carol a day: O little town of Bethlehem

THE words to this carol were written by an American Episcopal clergyman, Phillips Brooks, who was born in Boston in 1825 and educated at...

A carol a day: The Coventry Carol

AS requested by TCW reader Charles Dawne, today’s choice is the Coventry Carol. Mr Dawne describes it as ‘haunting’ and I agree. It is...

A carol a day: Good King Wenceslas

I HAVE always thought that Good King Wenceslas was about a benevolent old gent trying to spread a little happiness. Wrong. According to the...

A carol a day: Joy to the world

AMONG TCW’s well-informed, thoughtful and witty readers are some in America. Take a bow, Audre Myers, and the rest of you. I have chosen...

A carol a day: In the Bleak Mid-winter

I AM writing this overlooking the sparkling blue Atlantic in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands. The sky is cloudless and the temperature is a...

A carol a day: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

For many of us, the ultimate Christmas movie is Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946. Its affirmation of the triumph of good...

A daily carol: Away in a Manger

THE first carol that most of us learned must be Away in a Manger, a staple of school nativity plays. With that in mind...

A daily carol: Silent Night

I was pleased to see that commenters like the idea of a daily carol. I also enjoyed paul parmenter’s account of a chaotic carol...

A daily carol: Once in Royal David’s City

As Laura Perrins reminded us in TCW yesterday, we are now in Advent, the church’s run-up to Christmas. With this in mind we are...

Classical choice: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto

There are many recordings of J S Bach’s Double Violin Concerto but I have chosen this one because it brings together two of the...

A lament for when we Sang Together

When I was at junior school in the 1950s, a highlight of the week was when we gathered in the hall and waited for...

Cheats never prosper? In tennis they do

Laura Perrins wrote on TCW on Monday about the appalling behaviour of Serena Williams while she was losing the final of US Open tennis...

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