Category Archives: Carols

Twelve days – half way house – Gold rings and a brace of pheasants

“What have I got in my pocket?” he said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset. “Not fair! not fair!” he hissed. “It isn’t fair, my precious, is it, … Continue reading

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Twelve days of Christmas Part II – French hens and calling birds

The third and fourth days of the twelve days of Christmas see three french hens and four black birds – allusions of close EU connections from the 16th Century- and how an early morning awakening in D R Congo brought to mind the welcomeness of the third day’s gift. Continue reading

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The twelve days of Christmas – the first two days

The Twelve days of Christmas is one of the best known and yet allusive pieces of writing about Christmas in the canon of carolling emerging from Britain – yet it has french roots, and a complex history which leads us either to the Christ child in a manger or simply a french red legged partridge and its vernacularisation into a pear tree – read on for a deeper understanding of the riddle of the first two days! Continue reading

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