IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again – and well worth the read. At number one . . .
Neil Lyndon’s Saturday essay: Who gives a toss about the Jocks?
Kathy Gyngell: Bottler Johnson – a truly terrifying disappointment
Chris McGovern: School’s out – and don’t the teachers love it!
Chris McGovern: Snub any attempt to reopen schools, union tell teachers
Will Jones: Is there any point in social distancing?
Andrew Mahon: Liberty is being sacrificed in pursuit of popularity
Janice Davis: The strange bedfellows of Professor Panic
Kathy Gyngell: Lockdown sceptics unite!
Gregory Slysz: Virus crisis won’t save Lefties from terminal irrelevance
Kathy’s favourite from outside the top ten was Margaret’s Midweek Hymn – or rather anthem as Margaret rightly pointed out – which I have to admit was my request! Like Starship Trooper who commented on it, I find the words –
One thing have I desired of the Lord,
Which I will require;
Even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life
– and the music quite uplifting. And as ever Margaret’s commentary adds that extra depth and appreciation, telling me much more about the brilliantly gifted John Rutter than I knew before.
It also took me back to my teens when instead of falling in love with pop music I fell in love with the King’s College choir, catching the bus into Cambridge from my village whenever I could on a Sunday to go to the 3pm Evensong. Listening once again to David Willcocks’s King’s College choir singing Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol brought it all back to me; how fortunate I was to have them on my doorstep and how totally unique and wonderful their style was under Willcocks. So all in all very nostalgic for me!
It is here if you missed it – The Midweek Hymn: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation.
Margaret’s pick of the week is Alan Potts’s Diana and the pandemic of sentimentality, in which he recalls how the nation collectively lost its marbles in the wake of Princess Diana’s death in 1997 and points out that we are now experiencing an endless version of the same madness. He writes: ‘There are now only two things missing to complete the circle from 1997 to 2020. Boris Johnson has to utter the phrase “The People’s Virus”, and some quick-off-the-mark lyricist has to adapt the words of the treacle-covered Elton John sobfest and give us a song for the plague – Corona In The Wind.’ Alan, don’t give them ideas!