Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Sunday 30 March 2008

How very English...

Listening to Radio 3 with my pot of tea this morning (of course, the one clock I didn't put forward when I woke up was the bedside clock, so I didn't lose an hour with yesterday's papers after all), I heard something that brought a few memories back. It was the distinctive sound of Anglican plainchant - a way of singing a tune to texts of variable length and rhythm (usually the Psalms), with every syllable distinctly pronounced (as presumably in the sixteenth century). And what they played neatly combined with that other distinctive sign of England - the weather:

And I can't resist their Highway Code, either:

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