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This Is The Day [Jun. 12th, 2007|10:12 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz is sitting her exam today.

So I greeted her first thing with a jolly Christian chorus called "this is the Day". All that was lacking was the tambourine.

This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made
We will rejoice, we will rejoice
And be glad in it, and be glad in it....

She complained that this wasn't an Olney hymn (The 18th century Olney hymns by Cowper and Newton are course texts) so I changed gear and sang her "How Sweet the Name Of Jesus Sounds". 

It's 20 years since I last sang it and I still know nearly all the words. 

Til then I shall thy love proclaim
With ev'ry fleeting breath
And may the music of thy Name
Refresh my soul in death.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2007-06-12 09:39 am (UTC)
You're probably lucky you didn't have the tambourine - if I'd been her, I probably would have seized it and shoved it somewhere uncomfortable! ;-)

Anyway, best of luck to her - let us know how it went.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 10:17 am (UTC)
I believe I got off lightly.

But at least I inspired her to play her Open University CD of 18th century evangelical hymns in their original seetings...

All together now-

"All people that on earth do dwell..."
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2007-06-12 10:22 am (UTC)
I know them too...lol

Good luck with the exams... though what exactly is she doing @ OU ( I know I should take more notice...but my short term is shot... and I am to lazy to read back...)

I have been thinking of doing 'something' soon as I am going crazy now that the Phd has officially ended...I need a new passion... been looking @ some OU stuff.... but not sure which direction to go in.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 10:37 am (UTC)
Thanks.

She been doing a course called From Enlightenment To Romanticism c. 1780-1830. It covers everything from the Marquis de Sade to Mozart to David to Byron to Goethe. I've been tagging along to tutorials and studying some of the texts and it's been fascinating.

Next year- all being well- she's booked to do a Shakespeare course.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2007-06-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
I loved the OU Shakespeare course I did for my degree. School and O-level study had totally turned me off him, but I really became a convert. I think the current one is the updated and slightly expanded version of the one I did, so I'm sure Ailz will enjoy it.

One thing I found helpful was to buy all the plays on cassette. Because I was working long hours, I had neither the time nor the mental energy to read the plays on the page, so I made use of my long commute and just listened to them over and over again. It really helped with the understanding. The actors, of course, had mastered the meaning of the lines and used tone of voice and inflection to convey it, thus making everything much easier to understand.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 02:09 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea.

I'm mad-keen for Shakespeare and am looking forward to a thoughly bardtastic year next year.
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2007-06-12 04:48 pm (UTC)
I did that with Milton's Paradisde Lost as part of my Undergraduate work.. I found it gave me a lot better understanding, than just reading it. Helped me focus
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2007-06-12 01:39 pm (UTC)
During one of my mother's many hospitalizations last year, the staff gave her a little too much hydrocortisone for her Addison's disease. The result was that she was maniacally overexuberant for a short period of time. As I approached her room she recognized me and burst into a noisy chorus of This is the Day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
Heh,heh,heh.

I think I'm almost as nervous as Ailz is about this exam.
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From: bodhibird
2007-06-12 01:52 pm (UTC)
Do you know the name of the tune for "How Sweet..."? Just curious; in the Episcopal Hymnal 1940 it's sung to "New Britain", better known as the tune for "Amazing Grace".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I don't.

And not being able to read music, I can't look it up either.

But it's not the tune for Amazing Grace.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-06-12 02:54 pm (UTC)
I hope Ailz has good luck for her exam. The course sounds fascinating.

And Shakespeare next year...what a fantastic way to spend the course!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 03:16 pm (UTC)
The exam is over. She seems confident. She says she got the questions she wanted. Hooray.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-06-12 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hooray! And i should have read on!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-12 04:26 pm (UTC)
We're both still a bit wired.

But, yes, it seems like everything went well.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-06-12 04:14 pm (UTC)
Very remarkable! I'm astonished that she was capable of repartee or of restraining herself from
Well,anyway, I'm glad that you were left capable of posting.
I hope that the exam went well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-17 08:55 pm (UTC)
She's happy with how she did.

And now she needs to forget all about it until the results come out
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-06-16 02:50 pm (UTC)
How did she do???

Best thoughts, hoping they go (went) backwards in time with good results.

Jackie
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-17 08:53 pm (UTC)
She doesn't get to find out for at least a month....
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