Archive for December, 2005

New Years Eve

Once again it is New Years Eve, a time which doesn’t fill me with a huge amount of enthusiasm.
Why? you might ask, well, personally I am rather glad that I am at home and not out somewhere enduring people who have had a wee bit too much to drink, loudspeakers living up the their name and beyond by being audible with clarity for multiple kilometres (and using that capability to eminate noises which do not fit my definition of music), and fireworks.

Sure fireworks are pretty, but I would much rather be at a distance of many kilometres where I can hear them without gaining hearing damage. I do have to wonder how many people will be walking around tomorrow virtually unable to hear the world around them. I shudder to think how loud those speakers must be.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy New Years Eve or that I want the old year to repeat itself ad nauseam, it is just that I think we go a bit too far with the celebrations. Lately it would seem that Sydney have to have a larger display of fireworks every year, in fact last year (or possibly the year before) television channels were yelling at each other over the rights to broadcast the event.

Tonight I had the misfortune of having to wait until after 9PM to take Nattie for her evening walk due to the excessive heat (it reached 38.3°C at 4:12PM and 5PM, with 9% and 10% relative humidity respectively and did not drop below 28°C until 9PM, by which time the relative humidty had risen to 24%) and a late dinner. It was probably close to 9:15 when Nattie and I went for our walk, just as the 9PM fireworks were finishing. Normally I wouldn’t mind taking Nattie for a walk in summer at this time as there is still light, however tonight is an exception. Everywhere we went there seemed to be people slightly overwhelmed by the event, be it from alcohol consumption or otherwise, some of whom were making a concerted effort to make the roads particularly unsafe, either by driving recklessly or staggering across roads.

It was quite clear that the majority of these people were heading in the general direction of the overly loud loudspeakers. I was probably 1-2 kilometres away from the loudspeakers and could hear, with perfect clarity, everything which was happening. These distractions, along with the semi-shouted conversations of passing groups about the amount of alcohol they were going to consume, greatly detracted from the enjoyment of the walk.

As I said earlier, it’s not that I don’t enjoy New Years Eve or that I want the old year to repeat itself ad nauseam, it is just that I think we go a bit too far with the celebrations. Personally I am quite happy with being at home, in the company of my family, possibly watching the Sydney fireworks on television whilst having a cup of coffee, and generally making sure that Nattie is not made uneasy during the fireworks. Nattie is usually fine, as long as someone is there with her. If she is alone, then she becomes anxious. I clearly recall the 2001 Canberra fireworks. I had gone to bed at about 11pm and was awoken by the fireworks at midnight, which went on for 15 minutes. Nattie was alone downstairs in her bed, and managed to jump over an obstruction we had placed in front of the stairs to help teach her to sleep downstairs, this obstruction was previously impossible for her to even get close to jumping over, but she was that scared and anxious that she managed to do the near-impossible to be with someone who could make her feel better.

I have nothing against the new year fireworks, but I am glad that I am not near them, with all the loud noise, the people who make it seem like a new year occurs only once in every 5000 years, and the drinking in large groups. Personally, I would much rather have a cup of coffee or tea, and be able to go to bed. I prefer quiet celebrations, however I will have to wait until about 1am to go to bed as the drunk, near drunk, and over excited, have “happy new year” screaming sessions up and down my surrounding streets, effectively preventing me from sleeping.

I do intend on making use of that hour by ringing George Gibson on his new radio station and congratulating him on his new job. It is unfortunate the way 2UE treated him, but it was to 2GB’s benefit (And in some ways George’s benefit as he got to have a break from microwaved pizza for breakfast for a while) I suppose.

I will end this by saying Happy New Year, and whatever you happen to be doing, stay safe, and be considerate of those around you, especially if you are in or near a residential area…some people might not want to be awake at 3am, especially to the sounds of alcohol induced excessive enthusiasm, and most especially, if they were awoken from their sleep to such.

Happy New Year!

Samuel

3 comments December 31st, 2005 at 11:27pm

John Mangos back on 2UE!

John Mangos has magically reappeared at 2UE, taking a three hour fill-in shift today and tomorrow.

With George Moore and Paul B. Kidd having the two mornings off, Glenn Wheeler is filling in for them, With midday seeing some 3 hour highlights of the year type programs, John Mangos takes over 3pm-6pm.

Samuel

December 31st, 2005 at 03:05pm

George Gibson on 2GB

George Gibson, formerly of the weekend edition of New Day Australia, has signed with rival station 2GB. George has been taken in as a fill-in presenter, last night filling in for Frank Crook, and as such acting as a direct competitor to his replacement at 2UE, Stuart Bocking.

Oddly enough, when I rang 2GB yesterday morning to find out if George was going there (as a caller to John Kerr’s show said that George was going to another station) they refused to comment.
George Gibson
George’s National & International fans can now hear him on 2GB’s webstream (requires Real Player) from time to time.

I am led to believe that George will be filling in for Frank Crook from midnight to dawn tonight as well.

Samuel

December 31st, 2005 at 10:31am

A John Kerr Update

I heard some of Stuart Bocking’s show this morning, and I heard him explain the John Kerr situation the way he understands it.

According to Stuart, John’s contract came to an end and 2UE decided to renew it on weekends. This is mildly odd considering that 2UE claim it is a ratings decision, the idea of it being ratings was odd enough considering that John outranks every other 2UE presenter by ratings position, and is well recieved amongst the network station audience, but now this?

2UE, come clean, tell us the truth.

Samuel

1 comment December 31st, 2005 at 10:22am

2CC’s The Year In Review

It would seem that the production staff have been busy lately putting together a three hour “Year In Review” program for Sunday (New Years Day) from 6am-9am. This should be very good, featuring news clips, interviews, and more from the year. I will be making sure that I listen.

The Year In Review: 6am-9am, Sunday, January 1, 2006 on 2CC.

Samuel

December 31st, 2005 at 12:21am

Samuel’s Persiflage #1

Samuel's Persiflage
Well, it’s been a long time coming, and now, at long long last, after lots and lots of behind the scenes work, my podcast, Samuel’s Persiflage, is online.

This, being the first episode, I run through what Samuel’s Persiflage is all about, and why I chose the name, then there is a brief discussion of the John Kerr situation.

Next up we have an interview with Dave Smith from the Plain English Campaign where we discuss all manner of things to do with Plain English and the campaign, including a look at some of the gobledegook they found in their latest Plain English Awards. A minor technical issue created some telephone line echo during this interview.

There are some interesting little news stories and even an email from a listener.

There is also have an interview with Gary Floyd, a teacher/librarian who used to work in radio, he has an interesting tale or two to tell.

There is a bit more news, and then it is time to wrap up the show.

The file itself is available here, and is 49:01 in length (22.4MB) at 64kbps mono.

For those of you who are using podcast software to receive your podcasts, the feed can be found here. I actually decided to hand code the feed as I didn’t like the way WordPress produced it, and also felt that I had more control over it by hand coding it.

I am currently waiting for the podcast to be added to Itunes, I have submitted it, and just have to wait for it to go on the list. I will also be submitting it to other podcast directories shortly.
(Update: iTunes Subscribe Link here)

Podcast related questions and comments can be sent to podcast@samuelgordonstewart.com or left in the comments section of this post.

Samuel

13 comments December 30th, 2005 at 10:29pm

2CC Movements Of The Week

The Christmas/New Year period is always interesting on radio as you can never be quite sure who will be doing what, this week has been no exception.

2CC started off the week with Leigh Zaghet on the breakfast show, and took the 2UE drive show with Steve Liebmann (of Today show and “Be alert, not alarmed” fame). Steve handled himself very well, making sure that the show wasn’t Sydney-centric, whilst Leigh ran the breakfast show quite well. Newsreaders were also mildly odd, with only mornings being produced locally, with Kris McKenzie up to his usual high standard.

Wednesday saw public holiday mode disappear (slightly), with the return to two local presenters. Kevin Woolfe took over brekafast, whilst Leigh Zaghet made the move to the drive show. Interestingly, this is a duo that I predicted in conversation with my bus driver friend in the week before Christmas, and semi-predicted back on December 17. News has still only been local in the morning, but 2UE have maintained their usual high quality news during the day, so it hasn’t been overly noticeable. The last couple days have seen David Morgan reading the news locally.

I suppose the question now is “what will happen tomorrow?”, I can’t say that I know, but I will make a fearless prediction that Mike Frame will be back tomorrow, as I seem to recall that he was having a week off.

That leaves next week for pondering, and I am going to suggest, that with Mike Frame back, he will resume the drive show, and Kevin Woolfe will continue the breakfast show, that is, unless Mike Welsh returns (I think he still has another week off, his daughter is/was getting married during his holidays), in which case he will probably return to the brekafast show until Mike Jeffreys returns on January 16 (I previously stated that Mike was returning on January 9, this was a calculation error).

I might just clarify what I think will happen, as I’ve just gone through a convulted list of possibilities, so my predictions are as follows.

This weekend Mike Frame will return to Weekend Magazine and The Trading Post.
On Monday, Kevin Woolfe will continue the breakfast show, and Mike Frame will return to the drive show.
The following week (Starting Monday January 9), Mike Welsh will return to the breakfast show (I could be certain he said he was having two weeks off), and Mike Frame will continue with the drive show.
The week after that (Starting Monday January 16), Mike Jeffreys will return to the breakfast show, Mike Welsh will return to the drive show.

Obviously these are just my predictions based on a sketchy memory of leave details mentioned on-air, and previous listening experience.

Now, just briefly, a bit of trivia for you. Did you know that 2CC’s occasional fill-in Leigh Zaghet and 2UE’s New Day Australia weekend fill-in Spencer Kirk both work in the same company when not filling in on 2CC and 2UE? Leigh Zaghet is Southern Cross Syndication’s Senior Broadcast Operator, whilst Spencer Kirk is their Digital Courier Manager.

Samuel

December 30th, 2005 at 09:46am

They all have the donut in common.

I had a rather unusual dream a couple of nights ago. In this dream I was helping to organise a stage by placing a microphone, however a table was in the position where the microphone needed to be, so I helped to move the table. One of the other table movers informed me that the donuts on the desk in the corner were fantastic, so I took a seat at the desk and started to eat a chocolate donut, which tasted very nice. When I looked around the scenery had changed, I was in my former workplace, sitting at a desk in the corner watching proceedings whilst eating the donut. I saw many familiar faces, and even saw a short young indian man who had taken my job and seemed to be enjoying it. I started to notice security personnel running about escorting people out of the room, and when I looked to my left, the scenery had changed again and I was looking at the door of a very large safe (which, incidentally, I have never seen before), and there was my former boss explaining something to the security personnel, after which they all came over and started eating donuts. I was still enjoying the chocolate donut.

Probably the most interesting thing about this dream is the way the scenery can change, and it is not noticed. A dream can change location many times without being thought about.

Samuel

9 comments December 28th, 2005 at 11:03pm

ACT Government Shopfronts take a day off!

This morning I made the journey to my local ACT Government Shopfront (oddly named “Canberra Connect”) with some fairly important papers, only to discover that they have all taken the day off. Perhaps they were confused by the change of public holidays by ACT Industrial Relations minister Katy Gallagher and didn’t realise that today isn’t a public holiday, maybe they thought that it would be nice to have another day off.

Either way, they have flown in the face of just about every other ACT government agency, as the rest all seem to realise today is not a public holiday, and in the process inconvenienced a lot of the ACT public, who walked up to the doors of Canberra Connect agencies to find a “We are closed” sign. In fact, a family was walking there at the same time as me, and were equally disappointed.

This will only make the queues worse tomorrow and Friday…

Samuel

11 comments December 28th, 2005 at 12:28pm

Proof that 2UE management are insane

The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, in the continual games of “Schedule Shuffles” that 2UE management insist on playing.

This time around it is John Kerr and his many loyal listeners being given the pointy end of the stick. John Kerr is being moved to weekends as of his return from holidays in late January. Stuart Bocking is taking over the weekday version of New Day Australia, thereby confirming the June rumors of this happening.

2UE claim that this was due to the recent release of the annual overnight ratings (which it seems I forgot to write an article about), this is pure nonsense as 2GB had a very large and clear lead beforehand. Certainly 2GB’s Jim Ball gained 6.8 points to be on 29.4%, but a large proportion of this could be attributed to his recent Media Watch infamy, where he had an award for media dupes named after him, due to the fact that he fell for a clearly fictional internet story about a fictional school in a fictional town banning (a fictional?) graduation.

John Kerr may have lost 3.1 points, to be on 8.9%, but he has a distince advantage over Jim Ball, in that his show is syndicated to a whole heap of stations up and down the eastern states. John has a (mostly) very loyal bunch of listeners who have formed a nice community. John might only have 108,000 listeners in Sydney on a weekly basis (not far short of 2GB’s 168,000…I don’t know how those figures work), but he has a very large audience in the eastern states which earn Southern Cross Syndication big bucks.

I will admit that, after Media Watch made a big deal of Jim Ball, I checked out the 2GB webstream to see what his show was like, and it put me to sleep…it would appear to me that Jim Ball is more interested in his own voice than that of the callers, or perhaps, he doesn’t have many callers. Either way, John has the more interesting ad entertaining show.

John was obviously told by 2UE management to keep this quiet, the only notice he gave to his listeners was a cryptic reference to “weekends” in the few Christmas Cards he sent out. Ultimately this could have meant anything, as John is well known for chatting with listeners off the air. He did signal that something was up when he said on the Christmas Cruise that “we might not be together next year” or something to that effect.

John did confirm this by email to some listeners just before Christmas, but appeared to want it kept quiet, at least until he goes on holidays at the end of this week, so you can imagine his response when, just after reading through the emails after 1am and saying “your P.S is appreciated” or something to that effect in reply to my P.S about sending 2UE letter of protest later in the week, a caller who had been sent a card enquired about the reference to weekends…it sounded like John nearly choked on a glass of water! John did at this stage, being the honest man that he is, make it public knowledge that he is moving to weekends. Whilst he made no comment about it, it was clear from the tone of his voice that he was disappointed about the move, and he was then flooded by callers who didn’t want him to move.

Now, let me make this perfectly clear, I have nothing against Stuart Bocking, I think he is a great bloke and a great presenter, and I think weekends suit him (even if I do miss George Gibson), but 2UE are making the wrong decision by moving John Kerr to the weekend. John has not only built up an internationally popular show thanks to streaming radio, but has also formed a close relationship with just about every listener and has put together (with some help), a formula which works, with guests who are willing to come into the studio at obscene hours of the early morning because John and the listeners are there to have some fun.

Southern Cross Syndication sold New Day Australia to network stations who could have easily run automated music overnight by saying that “John Kerr has a close relationship with his audience, his friendly and approachable style is great company for the hundreds of thousands of people who are working, travelling or just can’t sleep each morning between midnight and 5:30am.” They even added that “The direct benefits for your station include the advertising opportunities that exist with this type of program. Talk radio is foreground radio. Talk radio means your audience has the radio up, they’re listening and involved.” (Source: Southern Cross Syndication website, (C) 2002-2005 Southern Cross Syndication)

If you add these two statements together, it is quite clear that they are making the point that advertising during John Kerr’s show is listened to by the audience because they are taking part in the conversation which John Kerr is having. According to what Southern Cross Syndication wrote, John Kerr makes people feel like they are part of the show, he involves them.

If 2UE go ahead with this move, not only do I think that the overnight ratings will fall further, I think they will lose a lot of money from Stations pulling the plug on their New Day Australia subscription.

2UE really need to listen to what the audience want, it is very clear from the calls after the announcement that the majority of the listeners do not want John Kerr to be moved, and do not want Stuart Bocking on weekdays.

John Kerr has previously announced that he may retire at the end of this year or next year anyway, so 2UE management, let him serve out his time on weekdays, and let him go when he wants to, the audience, the sponsors, and the network stations will thank you for it.

Here at Samuel’s Blog, I have decided to start up a petition to keep John Kerr on weekdays, not only will I be writing 2UE a letter of protest over their silly move, I will also be sending them copies of the petition on a weekly basis. To sign the petition, either leave a comment here, or visit the petition page, and help us keep John Kerr on weekdays!

Samuel

13 comments December 27th, 2005 at 02:55am

Christmas and Boxing Day on 2CC

Whilst I was not glued to the radio, I did endeavour to check what was happening at the top of each hour, and although I missed that on Boxing day, this is a fairly close schedule of events.

Christmas Day:
Midnight: New Day Australia with Stuart Bocking
6am: The best of the Mike Jeffreys year (Including local news on the hour. News on the half hour also occurred for some of this time).
10am: The emergency christmas music. According to the first ad break (straight out of the 10am news), this was supposed to be George Moore and Paul B. Kidd, but something went wrong and we had a rather enjoyable couple hours of Christmas Music, and more hourly local news.
Midday: 2UE’s Christmas Around The World. 2UE brought us Christmas songs from various corners of the globe.
2PM: Glenn Wheeler
6PM: Mike Williams.

Boxing Day
Midnight: New Day Australia with John Kerr.
5:30-9am: I wouldn’t have a clue. Sorry, I wasn’t listening.
9am: The John Laws Morning Show, with Tim Webster
Midday: Afternoon’s with Stuart Bocking filling in for Murray Olds filling in for John Stanley (The promos said Murray was on, the presenter didn’t).
3PM: A surprise, The Steve Liebmann Drive Show (Filling in for Steve Price)…live from Sydney, and on again tomorrow. Steve did a surprisingly good job of making the show as non-Sydney centric as possible, and mentioned 2CC every time he mentioned 2UE, well done Steve.
6PM: Sports Today
8PM: Nights with Glenn Wheeler filling in for Stan Zemanek. I Can’t confirm if Glenn was on as I didn’t hear it.

2 comments December 27th, 2005 at 01:47am

Christmas In Review

I hope you all had a good Christmas, because I certainly did.

I woke up at 6am when my alarm went off and arranged a few things in my room, I checked to see what 2CC were doing and discovered that they were running highlights of the Mike Jeffreys Breakfast Show of 2005 with local news bulletins. I went back to sleep shortly after.

Around 7:20 I woke up again as I could hear someone downstairs making coffee, as it happened, Mum was downstairs and was making drinks for herself and Dad. I went downstairs (and took the portable radio with me) and made myself a cup of coffee, when I went downstairs I noticed a note from Santa, it would appear that he is gaining creativity in his old age.
Note from Santa

While I was making myself a drink, 2CC were replaying Mike Jeffreys’ interview with ACT Chief Turnip Jon Stanhope just after his confidential document leak, I had forgotten just how funny this interview was, Stanhope really is capable of complex nonsensical tangential babbling.

I went back upstairs and enjoyed my coffee while 2CC played some Christmas music before the news, and then had more Mike Jeffreys highlights.

A little while later it was time to get up, and before we had Breakfast, Dad started cooking the lunch, Nattie was riveted by this, and keenly watched the food preparations.
Nattie watching food preparations

The food being cooked at this time was the duck and four spatchcocks, which can be seen in the Easycook fan forced oven here.
Duck and Spatchcock

Once this was being cooked, we had breakfast. Whilst myself, Mum & Dad enjoyed a cup of tea and some Cereal, Nattie had a bowl of milk, which she enjoyed thoroughly.

Then it came to present time, Nattie took part in this as well, she received a roast turkey breast fillet and some shaved jarlsberg cheese.
Presents

At 10am I was making my bed and had the radio on in my room, if the first ad break after the news it to be believed, 2CC were going to take the last two hours of George Moore and Paul B. Kidd, however something went wrong and they played two hours of Christmas music instead. Nattie and I enjoyed this whilst on our Christmas morning walk.

Upon retruning home I took some more photos, firstly we have the nativity scene next to the Christmas tree.
Nativity Scene

Then Santa’s Sleigh and his “eight tiny reindeer”, A musical snow ornament and an angel.
Santa's Sleigh

Then I took a closeup photo of the sleigh itself, which contains Rudolph and a helper mouse, Santa’s bag, and of course the man himself, Santa Clause.
Santa's Sleigh

A little bit later on the duck and spatchcocks were cooked, and looked and smelled quite delectable.
Cooked Duck and Spatchcock

I also took the opportunity to take a photo of the other Christmas scene, which surrounded the red downstairs radio (Tuned to 2CC of course). From left to right we have the clown shedding a tear of joy, a Chimney, a special ornament, a snowman holding a book of Christmas carols, and Christmas Bear.
A Christmas Scene

After this, Dad was preparing the Turkey roll.
Turkey Roll
He also prepared a small turkey piece for a visitor with special dietary need whom we were going to have over for lunch.

This signalled Morning Tea time in which everyone had a cup of coffee and a shortbread biscuit (Nattie didn’t have a cup of tea, but did have a shortbread biscuit). Here Nattie can be seen sitting on Dad’s lap after having her biscuit. The first photo shows them having a chat.
Dad and Nattie

The second photo shows them posing for the camera.
Dad and Nattie

Shortly after that Photo was taken (and sometime around 12:30), our visitor, neighbour Maria arrived. Maria was the lady who looked after Nattie on the night of the tree incident.

She brought some food, some traditional South American pies, these became an entree, and everyone, including Nattie, thought they were delicious.
Traditional South American Pies

There was a lot of conversation, and Maria showed us some of her photos from the tree incident, and we gave her copies of our photos, Dad was busy in the kitchen continuing with Christmas lunch preparations. Close to 3PM it was dinner time, and the Turkey roll (which had been kept warm in the conventional oven during preparation of other foods) had the final serving performed upon it. I took these photos when it was still being kept warm.
Cooked Turkey Roll

Of course, it does help when you use a flash and the camera doesn’t attempt to over expose the photo to compensate for bad light.
Cooked Turkey Roll

Shortly after, Lunch was served, with some wanting more than others.
Christmas Lunch

I took a photo of my plate.
Christmas Lunch

Nattie had the duck neck, and later got some turkey, is it any wonder that she likes Christmas?

At the end of Lunch, Mum was still hungry and requested the Christmas cake, however, Christmas functions being Christmas functions, a large amount of conversation ensued, and it was nearly 5PM when I took this photo, featuring Maria, Nattie and Mum, and still no sign of cake!
Maria, Nattie & Mum

With plenty more conversation, the Cake and coffees and teas finally started to appear a bit after 6PM, here you can see Mum sitting down with Nattie.
Mum and Nattie

Cake was certainly being prepared, as can be seen here.
Christmas Cake
Christmas Cake

Maria, having special dietary needs, and not feeling hungry, did not want any Cake, but Nattie had some, as did Dad, Mum & myself.
Christmas Cake with Cream

As you can see in this photo, Nattie is quite partial to anything caked or creamed.
Nattie eating some Christmas Cake with cream

As time went on, many more conversations took place, here, just after 7PM, Mum was chatting with Maria whilst Nattie received some cuddles. I can’t recall what Mum was pointing at.
Maria, Nattie & Mum

At about 8PM, Maria was preparing to leave, and Nattie and I went for a walk, upon our return at 8:40, Maria was still chatting away, and Nattie was very pleased to see her. It was close to 10PM when Maria did decide to go home, and Mum went with her and they had more of a chat and looked through some photo albums, Mum got home close to midnight.

Nobody was hungry enough for dinner, and the leftovers from Christmas day will serve us well as lunches over the coming weeks, in fact, that was part of the plan, to have enough to enjoy over the many coming weeks…I think there is a ham somewhere too!

This has to have been one of the best Christmases ever, the time went very quickly and the company was fantastic, as was the food and other events. A top day, and one which I will remember for a long time to come.

I hope you had a great Christmas as well!

Samuel

1 comment December 27th, 2005 at 01:22am

Merry Christmas

From Samuel & Nattie, to everyone out there, Merry Christmas, we hope you have a fantastic day.
Christmas Tree
Click here to download “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” music which was automatically played on Christmas Day

Samuel

3 comments December 25th, 2005 at 12:32am

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week

As promised, I am delivering this early this week, and as per the last couple weeks, it is a special Christmas version of the awards.

This week the award goes to everyone who has sung:

  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas (I’m sure you can see why I held it over for this week!)
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Jingle Bells
  • Have a fantastic Christmas everybody!

    We wish you a Merry Christmas;
    We wish you a Merry Christmas;
    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
    Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
    Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
    Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
    We won’t go until we get some;
    We won’t go until we get some;
    We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here

    We wish you a Merry Christmas;
    We wish you a Merry Christmas;
    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
    A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
    Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
    To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
    rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

    So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
    When we come.

    Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
    I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
    I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
    That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
    rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

    Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
    On my drum?

    Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
    The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
    I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
    I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
    rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

    Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
    Me and my drum.

    Dashing through the snow
    In a one horse open sleigh
    O’er the fields we go
    Laughing all the way
    Bells on bob tails ring
    Making spirits bright
    What fun it is to laugh and sing
    A sleighing song tonight

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    A day or two ago
    I thought I’d take a ride
    And soon Miss Fanny Bright
    Was seated by my side
    The horse was lean and lank
    Misfortune seemed his lot
    We got into a drifted bank
    And then we got upsot

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh yeah

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    Samuel

December 24th, 2005 at 11:58pm

Carols By Candlelight

Just a quick reminder that Carols By Candlelight is on tonight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, with a live broadcast on Channel 9 and affiliated regional stations, and a live simulcast on 3AW, 2UE, 4BC and network stations (including 2CC).

It starts at 9pm and is supposed to end at 11:30, although it often goes overtime. Humphrey B. Bear and Santa will make an appearance, and Channel 9 have a replay tomorrow morning (check your local guide for details).

Samuel

4 comments December 24th, 2005 at 08:20pm

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