Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Top 100 Hymns

A link from Facebook took me to a blog where I read about a project on another blog to gather a fairly random list of people's favourite hymns. The BBC did this a few years ago and came out with a top 10 of "the nation's favourite hymns" that looked like this:
  1. How Great Thou Art
  2. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  3. The Day Thou Gavest
  4. Be Thou My Vision
  5. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  6. Be Still, For The Presence Of The Lord
  7. Make Me A Channel
  8. Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
  9. In Christ Alone
  10. Shine, Jesus, Shine
I'm not sure what my own top 10 would be, or the order of them, as thinking about it I can only whittle the list down as far as 12 (including 4 of the BBC's top 10), and that's without putting them in any order of preference:

  • At the Cross Her Station Keeping
  • The Lord is My Shepherd
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Adeste Fideles
  • Pange Lingua
  • The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  • Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Abide With Me
  • Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
  • Lead, Kindly Light

Still, if I do get round to making a ranked list of 10, I'll be sure to let the lady at the blog know!
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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Just back from a four-day-weekend at the seaside (Ascension is a holiday here, and the Friday fell down the crack between that and the weekend proper), to find that one of the blogs I read has put up a link to a BBC report on an archaeologist opining as to when and why Europe's deep-sea fisheries got started (or is it just England's? - always hard to tell with the BBC, on whose website I once saw William Caxton described as an "inventor").
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Monday, May 18, 2009


Looking for last-minute material for my students, I happened on this just now:

Brings back memories ...
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Displacement activity

Well, the sound of stone being worked with a circular saw is keeping me from focusing on the work I should be doing, so a quick update on the blog might at least be something.

Tuesday I taught about Northern Ireland in the course on "the English-speaking peoples of Europe"; the Tuesday before about the Republic; the Tuesday before that I cancelled the class because of my hand being in plaster - how can I possibly teach if I can't even shave?

Two of my students have asked me whether they can reschedule my exam rather than have to sit two exams on one day. It's a question that would never even have crossed my mind as a student. But it was rather touching when one of them whined "But the other exam is really important!" Such charmingly comical unfamiliarity with even the most basic principles of wheedling!
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