I first heard King Creole by Cliff Richard in Oh Boy - my dad had the Oh Boy album with it on. It wasn't until later I discovered it was an Elvis song. Pretty good cover I thought!
And the Elvis version from the film of the same name.
MEANDERING ON DOWN STREAM
by Trev Teasdel (Inspired by some of Ann's Riverside Photos
her new blog - Here)
Walking along the streams of conciousness, through buttressed leaves in
kick crumble rouge, past sloping off boats tugging at their moorings,
past gates to huge houses, slipways slipping into the Thames to feed u
bend swans fresh baked breadlets, past bent backed hedges with
tangle-hair dreams and lean over fences and trees that reach up to the
giant's nest and the blow-bubble clouds with tingle-drop raindrops that
fall on caught out blouses and coffured hair-scapes, while dogs chase
the illusions of rabbits that spill from a cast off top hat jammed in
the hedgerow awaiting the applause of a Drury Lane matinee, while taxies
cut corners to pick up cut-out commuters from their brief-cased
compartments and deliver them quickly to lap-top lovers with micro-soft
thighs and drop-down menus before evening news and dinner for two on a
punt down near Windsor while couples tell lies that neither believes as
a matter of ritual and just to fill in time till the call of the duvet
and feather down pillows in the lovertime night with it's dreams of long
winding rivers with trees that look like people and ducks that talk
Norman and swans that sell cakes to passerby joggers in trainers and
leggings that bounce on the leaves where rabbits lure dogs with the
illusion of food and magicians lose hats in a spell under the stars and
back by the streams where conciousness rushes before walking by the
banks of the Thames flowing home to it's mansion of the sea with it's fish-maid servants and butler whales and ships that just seem to pass in the night..
Some interesting bits abridged from an article that appeared in The Birmingham Broadside in the mid 70's -
Although Christmas (Cristes Maess) is the highpoint of the church calender, it has more in common with Saturnalia, a week long Roman Celebration, a period of general licence, excess and generosity to the poor.
The idea of holding Christmas on January 25th (until the 4th it was held on January 6th) was to supercede an old heathen festival and it is the relic of a long struggle between Christianity and Mithra (the Roman Soldier's god). The 25th was regarded as Winter Solstice and also the birthday of Mithra, identified with the unconquered sun. The dates were made to coincide in an attempt to transfer the devotion of the heathen to the true light of the world - the sun of righteousness.
The Yule Log
This is a vestige of the ancient pagan fire festivals of Europe, the winter
Were a symbol of undying life and have always been used to decorate dwelling places, a pagan practice which the church tried to stamp out. Mistletoe is still banned in some churches though was once a custom in Wolverhampton for it to be placed on the alter by the priests and then distributed for its medicinal properties.
Another local custom was to hang a bag of mistletoe round the neck to ward off evil spirits. Similar beliefs about the power of mistletoe existed as far a field as Japan and Africa. In Gaelic it means "All-healer"
The Bilston people had another way of keeping evil spirits at bay - they drew chalk marks across either end of the street at Christmas. Mistletoe was held to be a cure for barrenness, but this has no connection with kissing under it, a purely English custom.
The Christmas Tree (Kissing Bough)
The kissing bough, a crown of greenery hung with decorations, was the forerunner of the tree which first appeared in the early 19thC, originating from Germany and coming to Britain via America.
Turkey did not appear in Britain until 1542 and did not really become popular until much later. Goose, pork, beef, venison, swans, peacocks in their feathers (with gilded beaks) and above all - the boar's head, were it's predecessors.
Plum porridge was the forerunner of Christmas pud and like the original mince pies contained meat as well as fruit and spices. Traditionally Christmas pudding had to be stirred by everyone in the making and wishes made with a few small charms thrown in.
Has a long history. He was once Odin, a Norse god who went around at Yule on his giant horse, rewarding or
An old practice stemming from Saxon days was Wassailing - a mild form of revelry. The poor went around singing with a bowl for contributions of money or drink, to drink one's health with. The favourite drink in the Black country was elderberry wine or warm ale sweetened and spiced, containing roasted apples. Cattle in their stalls were also wassailed on Twelfth night. In the West Midlands there was also a big celebration with dances and bonfires. Everyone in Walsall was entitled to Moseley's dole. This was a penny loaf given out annually, first recorded in 1539.
Staffordshire is particularly famous for its 'Clogg Almanacks' - a system introduced by Danish invaders in the Saxon times which did not die out until the
It is no longer the custom tocelebrate throughout the twelve days of Christmas despite a law of King Alfred to that effect. Few would be up to it anyway! Parliament did try to abolish all these goings on in 1644 but Christmas reappeared after the Restoration.