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From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Britpicking Brit pix - and sounds

Again, these are sounds and sights to get you lot primed for some more Britpicking.


First, the soundscape (valid for seven days from 5 August 2006). 

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=1FA2FB242538C7A2: this is, or until a few months ago (bloody sods at Broadcasting House) was, the Radio 4 theme to which millions awoke daily for fifty years or so

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=7112247E0D0101C2: this is ‘Sailing By’, the music that bridges in to the Shipping Forecast

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=6AA10319568C079A: ‘Jerusalem’ – and the National Anthem: thanks to Witches’s, I mean Women’s, Institutes, no public gathering is now truly complete without a loud, enthusiastic, and, usually, off-key, rendition of ‘Jerusalem

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=3F3353B10BA8CE15:  ‘Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor)’: this sweet and lovely song is a wife’s lament for her husband, the laird, who lost a battle to an enemy clan and was beheaded.  In Scotland, that’s a lullaby for the bairns

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=1A719EE978619B62: ‘The Standard on the Braes o’ Mar’ is a classic Jacobite tune, romanticising the lost Stuart cause

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=950F07BB0705A589: ‘All My Hope on God is Founded’: a classic of Anglican hymnody

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=B5A8D43304E2099D: ‘The Vly’: traditional march of Certain West Country Regiments, ahem

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=BD00844A78D87D98: Pretty much the classic sample of Welshness, even more than ‘Men of Harlech’ or ‘Land of My Fathers’, this is the male voice choir of the Guards singing the Twenty-third Psalm (please to ignore the label on the file)


Now for the Britpicks Brit pix sampler:

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5491 - Stockton: Stockton House

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5486 - Bapton: the manor house

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/120692 - St Nick’s

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/120697 - the Old Mill, Fisherton de la Mere

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/49700 - St Mary’s Episcopal, Houston

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/35402 - real ale in Houston

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/207724 - Edenic Crosby.  My parents acquired a rural retreat in one of the smaller Crosbys whilst I was up at university

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/207725 - the serpent in Edenic Crosby.  Et ego in Arcadia, you know

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/49269 - Staunton

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/25670 - a small school near Windsor

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/22022 - the House, from the meadow side

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/187947 - Mercury

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/192107 - Hall, the House (not, actually, Hogwarts)

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/42362 - Tom Quad

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/152427 - Sarum, with water meadows.  Sheep may safely graze

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/24913 - Covent Garden market

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/104030 - SMIF, sans ‘A’, sans Marriner

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4824 - typical Cannock Chase (Staffs) heathland

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/97392 - the Queen’s House, Lyndhurst, Hants, my grandfather’s favourite courts: site of the Verderer’s Court for the governance of the New Forest.  An American correspondent advises that it strongly resembles ‘every rural Southern courthouse from Virginia to East Texas’ – except for the absence of a statue of a Confederate soldier standing guard eternally outside

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/173594 - Mount Pleasant (New Forest approaches)

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/77665 - Pennington area, Hants (New Forest approaches)

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/43412 - classic New Forest scenery

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/28309 - classic New Forest scenery, again

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/8110 - Overton, Hants

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/184885 - Overton and over and over

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/144789 - the only Palestine I support; near

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/144778 - the Wallops

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/208571 - fields near the Collingbournes

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/88726 - Clyffe Pypard

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/60720 - Wylye Valley near to Grovely Wood

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/52993 - Yell, screamingly

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/169937 - Tordarroch ...

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/124278 - … and the River Nairn

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/101255 - West Wemyss, Fife

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/101216 - the Fife Coastal Path

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/125515 - Wemyss Caves near East Fife, with Macduff’s Castle

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/66325 - Pylle, Somerset

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/32912 - Shepton Mallet

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/12098 - Avebury, Wilts

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/174578 - Pyle and Kenfig, Wales

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/172132 - more of P&K in what was once Mid-Glamorgan before Westminster went mad with the maps

http://pics.livejournal.com/wemyss/pic/000716a2 - Ancestors pompously immortalised in the parish church (Wilts): anything more specific would be telling

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/180357 - the River Otter near Ottery St Mary

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/60644 - Hill near Ottery St Mary (or, perhaps, Stoatshead Hill near the Burrow and Ottery St Catchpole)

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tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 5th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Splendid links - thank you, though one could add endlessly to the list....
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 5th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank YOU.

And do please feel free to do.
shezan From: shezan Date: August 5th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now you've got me bewildered. The caption to the pic says the Mercury was donated in 1928. Wouldn't that be well after Anthony Blanche was suposedly thrown into the fountain?

(And massive congratulations for the post. If I can get my hands on a suitable MP3 of For Those In Peril On The Sea, I'll add it.)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 5th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, please do.

And thank you.

The current Mercury statute was donated in 1928. Just as well. When Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach visited Oxford in 1710 to chat with Pocock, he wrote, 'The college building itself is unusually large and costly and is built of blocks of freestone without a visible roof-ridge. It is quadrangular and symmetrical, but the windows are particularly antiquated. In the centre of the square is a fountain with a Mercury, which does not play.'

There's been a Mercury at the House for yonks.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not at all, my dear.

It's an open resource.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Anything for you, love.

You're most welcome.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Absent which....

... See my latest post.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Then tell me you'll join.

We need questioners, as well, you know, just to know what is taken for granted in Britain and is utterly incomprehensible abroad.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


My day is made.
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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 6th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have this on tape by pipers of the Scots Guard . It takes me so out of the world that I plug into it whenever I have serious dental work done.

In NYC, it's traditionally piped at the funerals of firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

There was a TV special on about the man who wrote "Amazing Grace": apparently he was a reformed slave trader. I missed the show, and wouldn't mind hearing more about the tune. Is it Welsh?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ignore the file name.

It's actually the Twenty-third Psalm (metrical).

As to John Newton, the reformed slaver captain, he was born into a seafaring London family, went to sea in the Royal Navy, transferred to slaving ships, repented, took orders, became rector of Orley in what is now the Milton Keynes conurbation, and was a sort of 'confessor' to Wm Wilberforce, MP, father of British abolition and emancipation. There's a town named for Newton in Sierra Leone in consequence of all this.

The tune is probably Celtic, but no more can be said with certainty.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 6th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ignore the file name.

We Catholics have a way more unsingable tune we like to use for that one. Since we can't sing anyway, we figure we might as well go for it...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

You'd think, with 2000 years in which to get it right....

Oh, well.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 6th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

how you say...

St Mary's Episcopal, Houston

So how are y'all pronouncing this? Texas-style H'you-ston?
Or, like the broad New York street on which I lived for much of my childhood, How-ston?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Whit's thaat, hen?

'Houston, we have a problem.'
'Aye? And whit dae ye waa-nt us tae do aboot it?'

The actual answer is, Neither. The former Kilellan and Kilpeter is now called Houston, pronounced 'Whose-tun' ('hoose' as in Scots for 'house'), although global villagisation is doubtless changing that. It derives of course from Huw's town (toun), after Huw de Padvinan, the Templar who held it in fief.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 6th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Captain Kirk, Ah canna' hold 'er! The ship's gonna blow!"

Another pronunciation! I can't wait to tell my sister; she'll be so tickled!

You should know, however, that the only spacefaring Scot with whom Americans are familiar would not be so stoic in the face of danger. He'd have a complete hysterical meltdown, babbling about "dilithium crystals".
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 6th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


How very un-Scots of him.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 7th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


Precisely the sort of thing no one asks a beta and no one thinks to mention, I rather thought. Thus my idea.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 7th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

My blushes, Watson!

Gad. High praise indeed from the author of, inter alia, 'Carpe Diem', which I loved, as I do all of your work (well, the H/D, as I read little else, I fear). I shall befriend you forthwith, now that I needn't feel quite so shy about doing.

Thank you.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 7th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Calloo! Callay!

Pretty damned frabjous, what?
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serriadh From: serriadh Date: August 7th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all these! I am English myself, but don't seem to have picked up much of this stuff, though I'd very much like to. It's not really the sort of thing one learns, is it? It always seems that people like you (absolutely no offence meant, it's a compliment!) know it by osmosis.

Your views of Christchurch (or Christ Church, the powers that be seem unable to make up their mind about that) remind me of a question I've had floating around my brain for ages: why is it called the House? And does anyone in Oxford call it that anymore? I'm up at Oxford myself (well, on the long vac. at present, of course) and have never heard it used.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 8th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah, the useful ambiguities of Latin.

Ædes Christi – ædes as in edifice – is used to translate ‘Christ Church’, construing the Latin as ‘the temple of Christ’. As ‘ædes’ equally well translates to ‘house’ … well, Bob’s your uncle.

As to current common usage, I am too old to know the answer.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: August 8th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah, the useful ambiguities of Latin.

Thank you so much. I thought it was probably due to a translation issue, but my Latin isn't sufficient to the task!
I'll dig around some of my more traditionally-minded friends and see if they've spotted any usage of the term recently.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 18th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I call it the House (and am currently an Oxford student), as do a number of my friends. Of course, it's possible that we're just all terribly stuffy and haven't noticed that it's not the twentieth century anymore.

I wonder why I haven't been progged for being out without my gown lately?
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