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CAROLS AT CANTERBURY

Date: 24th December 2011

Months ago I applied for tickets to the Christmas Eve Carol Concert at Canterbury Cathedral and was fortunate enough to be allocated three - just the right number for my two French friends and myself. The Cathedral was absolutely packed - I am not sure of the number but it must have been a couple of thousand and taken a great deal of organisation as it was a ticketed event. Our allocated seats were in the Trinity Chapel and for once the Perpetual Candle marking the spot where Becket's Shrine Stood, had been moved. They try to make the Concert audible to all and the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is shared between the Nave and the Quire. When the Choir were in the Nave it was difficult to hear the singing, but when they moved to the Quire it was a delight to listen. However we all sang lustily and joined in the Carols. On the way out, we shook hands with the Bishop of Dover (I think) and the Archbishop and my friends were delighted to do so. I'd arranged a dinner party for Christmas Eve and all went off very well with my French friends being the centre of attention. We had a lengthy walk on Christmas Day - good to see much of the architecture of Deal which one misses when whizzing round in a car - and then a lovely Dinner followed by the One off episode of Downton Abbey. Owen was able to bring up the subtitles so that we could all enjoy the programme. Like me, Mireille can read and understand more English than she can the spoken word. Now that I know where the Subtitle button is situated, I too shall be using it as so often these days I can't comprehend the dialogue - either spoken too fast and not enunciated clearly or so heavily accented that I might as well be watching in Chinese! Hope you all had a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and will have a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. Jan

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