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The Queen – on my Mum’s 116th birthday

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On 9th September 2015 my Mother would have turned 116 had she lived to this time. But also on this day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning sovereign of the United Kingdom, by surpassing the length of reign of Queen Victoria.  The exact moment of the day this will happen is not known as the precise time Queen …

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Anna Russell

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Following on from my post about Florence Foster Jenkins, I am now writing about Anna Russell.  Anna was from a later period that Florence Foster Jenkins, but unlike Florence, Anna deliberately set out to be funny – and a lot of her humour came from making fun of absurd.  When I was young, living in Mount Gambier, recordings of Anna Russell performances …

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Christmas 2014

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Album Sampler Track List 1. The Budapest City Orchestra and The Budapest Choral Voices – The Downton Christmas Suite Pt.1 2. Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) – O Holy Night 3. Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countless of Grantham) – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4. Elizabeth McGovern & Julian Ovenden – The First Noel 5. Julian Ovenden – The Sussex …

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Karajan 1970s

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Over the past couple of years I’ve become a fan of large box sets of classical music. It began with The Decca Sound, and I published a post about it on 30 December 2011. Since then I’ve bought many other box sets and have published posts about several of them. One of the sets I bought last year, but did …

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 2nd June 1953 – The Diamond Jubilee

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Today, Tuesday, 4th June 2013, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the anniversary of the Coronation 60 years ago.  The service was held not on the actual anniversary date because it fell on Sunday this year.   Twenty Members of the Royal Family attended the service today, including prince Charles who was …