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Frank Petrexa

Governor
Everyone stopped giving a toss about social distancing etc as soon as the vaccine was announced?
It's colder, so people got together indoors for the holidays. Plus, we have lots of nutty medical types (at least in the US--"the Great Barington Declaration") saying we protect "vulnerable" people (in some unspecified manner) and let it rip otherwise to get "herd immunity". Of course, that means the virus has more chance to mutate, and we get the new "English" strain. Still some people in the US who say "it's a hoax", too--one nurse said that she had patients die thinking that the virus wasn't real and something else was wrong with them. Many US hospitals are running out of ICU beds.. At the same time, the monoclonal antibody drugs that saved Trump are not being used extensively because doctors aren't certain which patients are candidates and because they require infusion in a hospital and most don't have a lot of space or time for that. People over 70 still account for most of the fatalities, but younger people ("long haulers") can have significant issues including psychiatric ones when the virus affects the brain. There are still people who won't wear a mask. This situation is beyond asinine.
 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
For those not in what the British, in geographical chauvinism, called the "Far East," the new year is rapidly approaching. And most will hear at the magic hour a rendition (anywhere from fine to abysmal) of a Scottish folk tune with half Scottish and half English lyrics. Many may wonder how this strange tune became the tradition for new year's eve. The first video explores it in fascinating detail. For those with limited time, it comes down to a fellow named Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo who was a Canadian-American bandleader, violinist, and hydroplane racer.
The justification of the retention of old Scottish words was provided by the man who first published it, Robert Burns. As quoted already in my Lowland Adventure story,
"There is a naivete, a pastoral simplicity, in a slight inter-mixture of Scots words and phraseology, which is more in unison (at least to my taste, and, I will add, to every genuine Caledonian) with the simple pathos, or rustic sprightliness, of our native music, than any English Verses whatever."
You will hear enough poorly pronounced versions performed. Here is a Scots version that also showcases the beauty of the North:
 

Eulalia

Poet Laureate
Staff member
For those not in what the British, in geographical chauvinism, called the "Far East," the new year is rapidly approaching. And most will hear at the magic hour a rendition (anywhere from fine to abysmal) of a Scottish folk tune with half Scottish and half English lyrics. Many may wonder how this strange tune became the tradition for new year's eve. The first video explores it in fascinating detail. For those with limited time, it comes down to a fellow named Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo who was a Canadian-American bandleader, violinist, and hydroplane racer.
The justification of the retention of old Scottish words was provided by the man who first published it, Robert Burns. As quoted already in my Lowland Adventure story,
"There is a naivete, a pastoral simplicity, in a slight inter-mixture of Scots words and phraseology, which is more in unison (at least to my taste, and, I will add, to every genuine Caledonian) with the simple pathos, or rustic sprightliness, of our native music, than any English Verses whatever."
You will hear enough poorly pronounced versions performed. Here is a Scots version that also showcases the beauty of the North:
Thanks PrPr, that is a good arrangement very well sung (and piped), and the documentary about the travels of the tune is interesting.
But not many people know, it's not the traditional tune that Burns heard from an 'old man's singing', the original was this one:


In truth, he wasn't particularly keen on that melody, and in 1794 his printer/publisher suggested one that went with a song called 'The Miller's Daughter' would suit it well - which was certainly an inspired suggestion, as that documentary proves. But I rather like the old tune, it's haunting and wistful, quite different from the merry conviviality of the one we usually sing.
 

Eulalia

Poet Laureate
Staff member
The kitchen table at Ellisland in Nithsdale, where Robert Burns came with his new wife Jean in 1788 - struggled to farm there for some years (stopping to address the occasional mouse), but then became an exciseman down the road in Dumfries.

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Baracus

Rectidolor
NEWS JUST IN.....
I had to take a second Covid test,following my previously NEGATIVE symptoms,as I still showed possible signs of Covid.
This time,my test results were POSITIVE.
Isolation protocols are in place until next week.
Basically I just feel a bit bleuargh,and not any sensations of taste or smell.
Thank you. B.xx
 

montycrusto

Slave Trader
NEWS JUST IN.....
I had to take a second Covid test,following my previously NEGATIVE symptoms,as I still showed possible signs of Covid.
This time,my test results were POSITIVE.
Isolation protocols are in place until next week.
Basically I just feel a bit bleuargh,and not any sensations of taste or smell.
Thank you. B.xx
Holy shit.. so sorry to hear that baracus... best wishes my friend
 

Gibbs505

SERVORUM DOMITOR
NEWS JUST IN.....
I had to take a second Covid test,following my previously NEGATIVE symptoms,as I still showed possible signs of Covid.
This time,my test results were POSITIVE.
Isolation protocols are in place until next week.
Basically I just feel a bit bleuargh,and not any sensations of taste or smell.
Thank you. B.xx
Take care fella, stay safe!
 
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