Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Stille Nacht and a couple of other matters




The rabbit is hopping off to London for Christmas and the New Year tomorrow so - as promised a little while ago here is the St Thomas Boys' Choir (Thomanerchor) with Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. I may be quiet until the New Year but don't bet on it.

Talking of the new year, could we start the second decade of the twenty-first century by dropping the 'two thousand and...' business as regards the year? Twentyten will do nicely, thank you. We didn't speak of one thousand, nine hundred and eighty four or whatever.

I post this photo as it was mentioned in an end of the year quiz I read today. It has to be one of the most famous, as well as - in my opinion - one of the best sporting photographs ever taken. It is of the Australian batsman Victor Trumper. I can't find out exactly when it was taken. Maybe about 1910? The photographer was someone called Beldam. It's sad that someone of such athleticism and grace suffered a debilitating, and ultimately fatal, kidney disease. He died in 1915 aged 37, leaving a widow and two small children. His intestate estate was valued at £5.


Happy Christmas and New Year to all. Oh and here is a photo (title Winter Solstice) nicked from Jailhouse Lawyer who nicked it from Family Lore. Hat Tips all round.


13 comments:

savannah said...

happy christmas, happy new year and remember to raise a glass on 31 dec because it's my BIRTHDAY!!! xooxoxo

cheers!

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I shall toast to you on New Year's Eve.

I finally got around to reading your book and finished it last night. I very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to the second one.

wv: museme

B.E. Earl said...

Merry merry and happy happy to all around!

Petit fleur said...

Merry Christmas Rabbit~ And all the best in twenty ten.

Both photos are inspiring.
Peace,
pf

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Merry Christmas to you sir!

jailhouselawyer said...

Merry Christmas from John and Rocky.

Findon said...

have a good christmas WR and enjoy london.

John Woolman said...

Nice bit of sun rise Photoshopping there - if its real it wasn't photographed on planet Earth!!

Happy Christmas!!!

tony said...

Have A Fine Christmas Sir.Bestest Wishes From tony.

JoJo said...

Merry Christmas!!!! Or Happy Christmas as you Brits say. I love love LOVE that last picture! Is that a real photo?

white rabbit said...

Thanks to all - that was nice!

Savvy - You got it 31st December. I made mental note.

Catchy - Thanks for buying book. I'm glad and relieved you liked it. Feel free to post a blog review! I could use the publicity!

JHL - tell Rocky the rabbit said woof (as it were...)

JoJo - I'm not qualifioed to say if the photo is real. Mr Woolman - to whom welcome to my humble blog - thinks not. I make enquiries...

To Little Flower, Earl, Daniel, Tony - enjoy rest of Christmas and the New Year!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Merry Christmas to you, WR!

white rabbit said...

...and to you Daisy