Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Carols..........and help the homeless

Do you usually buy The Big Issue?   I don't always buy it, if I'm honest - but I bought this week's.  Apart from helping the vendor (a mother of two from Eastern Europe in our area), this issue is a good read.  Interesting article on Annie Lennox, who's always had a well developed social conscience.

She's just released a new album - 'A Christmas Cornucopia'.   "One of the most iconic women in music, Annie Lennox turns her hand to 11 traditional festive songs. A Christmas Cornucopia sees Lennox reinterpret songs like "The Holly and the Ivy", "Silent Night" and "The First Noel", alongside a brand new Lennox composition: "Universal Child". The music on the album was mostly played by Lennox, in collaboration with co producer Mike Stevens, and recorded in his southwest London studio. The pair also worked with a 30-piece orchestra at Pinewood Studios and travelled to South Africa to record with the African Children’s Choir, a remarkable organization with which impassioned campaigner and activist Lennox has long had a relationship."

You can hear some of the tracks on Amazon -  All proceeds from the single 'Universal Child' will be donated to the Annie Lennox Foundation, raising money for projects supporting and educating women and children in Africa with HIV / Aids.

Interview with Coldplay's Chris Martin too, re their support of Crisis -

Worth getting then, for all sorts of reasons..........

Slightly envious of people who've got thick snow - only slightly.....  I love snow and the magical effect it has on the landscape, but...I don't like being stuck in because it's difficult to travel, don't like getting too cold and wet, etc..... 
Lovely misty morning view from the bedroom window today - 

Got some little violas today. They're pretty, aren't they?

And still no grand-daughter!  Daughter getting quite fed up!    Any tips?


  1. Hello dear,
    I see that there is no cold,
    but here it is only raining, raining, raining .........
    I am exhausted, I can not even make the Sunday market,
    because ........... RAINS!! Ah yes! cups with beautiful violets.

    Good weekend Susy

  2. The Big Issue seller up in the city centre always makes me smile with his 'Big issue,bloke?' to the men and 'Big Issue, flower?' to the women he is always cheerful and sells lots of magazines! The litle violas in cups are so pretty:)

  3. Queste tazze "Vintage" sono strepitose...Lovely!!
    Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

  4. I love your romantic photos of the landscape, so magical. And violas are one of my favourite flowers:-)
    We've had a dusting of snow this afternoon and evening and it looks very pretty outside. Like you though, I'm not keen on travelling in the wintry conditions.
    Happy weekend,
    Fingers crossed for a baby SOOOOOOOOONNNNNNN !!
    D x

  5. That's handy. You can save your daughter buying all those expensive baby clothes and just wrap the baby in the Big Issue when it comes. Thanks for coming over to my blog. Glad you've enjoyed it!

  6. I always enjoy the Big Issue - there's some very intelligent writing in it, get slightly worried when the usual seller in our town disappears though - haven't seen him for a while.
    The violas look lovely - keeping my fingers crossed it's not too long for your daughter!