Merry Christmas (from WHICH country?)

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    6th December 2010

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    Which country do you think these singers and orchestra are from, in this Christmas Carol service in 2007? And where were they performing?

    London? No. New York? No. Paris? No. Sydney? No.

    Click the YouTube link bottom right in the video pane to find out. You may be surprised.

    I got the Christmas greeting below by e-mail yesterday and thought you might enjoy it:


    Dear all, friends, family and foes and others,

    Please accept, with no obligation whatsoever, implied or inferred, NOT EVEN WARRANTED, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the coming winter solstice holiday, as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect to the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

    Also a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year of 2011, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Britain great (not to imply that Britain is necessarily greater than any other country), and without regard to the race, creed, gender, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wish.

    By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal at any time. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise or obligation on behalf of the wisher to implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law. It is revocable and recoverable by the wisher.

    The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or twelve months, whichever comes sooner, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, likewise whichever comes first.

    Warranty is limited to the replacement of this wish, or issuance of a similar type of good wish or wishes, at the sole discretion of the wisher. (That is me)

    Other than that, have a jolly good and truly wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    George E R Gardner, ESQUIRE , DAD, POPS etc: etc: ad infinitum

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    ADDENDUM: A commenter at the YouTube video says it was recorderd by the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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