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Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41


Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41

USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir — Valery Polyansky
01. Lord, Have Mercy – 00:01
02. Glory Be to the Bather, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit – 02:59
03. O Come, Let Us Worship – 06:34
04. Alleluia – 11:13 05. Glory Be to Thee – 11:50
06. Cherubical Hymn – 15:10
07. Lord, Have Mercy – 24:06
08. The Creed – 25:23
09. The Mercy of Peace – 29:06
10. We Sing Thee – 32:45
11. It Is Meet – 36:54
12. Amen, and with Thy Spirit – 41:37
13. Our Father – 42:56
14. Praise Ye the Lord from the Heavens – 46:29
15. Blessed Be He that Cometh in the Name of the Lord – 48:53

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 9 December, 2018

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The Grocer’s Daughter


The Grocer's Da8ghyer.jpgThe Grocer’s Daughter                                                                                 Limited Edition 1-10
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Margaret Thatcher is an iconic figure within the pantheon of British prime ministers. Despite the paucity of intellect the quotation suggests, she was responsible for a wholesale dismantling of the Welfare State and much of Britain’s present ills can be laid at the doorstep of the policies she and her ministers implemented.

Among these was privatizing almost all of Britain’s public utilities. The privatization of government held entities was widely copied throughout the world. Until, that is, such a course of action proved to have severe drawbacks, and, based on experience elsewhere, countries late to the game that intended to privatize quickly went cold on the idea.

The basis of the policy is that the state has no business being in business; that businesses run for profit will run such entities much more efficiently than will governments. This has proved, in many, cases, not to be true. There are endless examples. But let’s take railways as one.

As with many utilities, railways require large quantities of investment in order to maintain and expand on their infrastructure. And long range planning to meaningfully allocate such large sums. For a commercial outfit there is no return on capital of such investments and planing into a distant future is beyond the capability of any commercial concersn.

Much of Europe run their railways as governments owned entities and have proved successful at doing so. Privatization of the railways of Britain has arguably been a disaster.

As the basis of this and other policies implemented by that prime minister were contingent on the denial that within society there is the concept of a public good. A further example of the devastating effect that such denial can bring is of affordable housing. Commercial builders have no interest in providing such a facilities and, previous to Thatcher, such housing was provided by local authorities. By starving these authorities of cash provided by Westminster, town and city councils ceased to be able to provide their populace with housting within their boundaries which low wage and unwaged families could afford.

With the denial of the social, as caught in the quote in the work, Britain became, and remains, a much less tolerant and compassionate country. Capital reigns and money comes first. As a result, the country which first implemented the Welfare State has descended into a state where citizens are expected to fend for themselves through bad times and good. The safety net that cushioned the more egregious aspects of Capitalism no longer exists. And Britain is a much more brutal country as a result.

I had in mind to incorporate in the text of the work, “England’s Most Famous Prime Minister.” but decided this was redundant..­

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 21 November, 2018

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Dudley Taft – Have You Ever Loved a Woman


Dudley Taft – Have You Ever Loved a Woman

Malcolm  D B Munro
Sunday 18 November, 2018

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David Gilmour / Richard Wright – The Barn Jams


David Gilmour / Richard Wright – The Barn Jams

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 24 October, 2018

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50% off or more – Autumn Sale of Fine Art Work


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Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 10 August, 2018

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The Byzantine Project – Church of Saint Euphemianos, Lysi


Traditional interior Greek Orthodox Church

The Byzantine Project – Church of Saint Euphemianos, Lysi

The Greek Orthodox Chapel in Cyprus where the fresco that Dominique De Menil rescued and restored belongs.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 28 August, 2018

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Brohumil Hrabal – Closely Observed Trains


from p 10
And yet the beighbours could never forgive him. maybe it was because of Great -grandfathr Luke, who was only 18 when he was granted a disability pension of a gold piece a day, though afterwards, in the republic he got it in crowns.
My grandfather was born in 1830, and in 1848 he was drummer in the army, and as a drummer boy he took part in the fighting on Charles Bridge,. The students dug out cobble-stones from the paving to throw at the soldiers, and they hit Great-grandfather on the knee and crippled him for life. From that time on he was grated this disability pension, a gold piece every day and every day he would spend it on a bottle of rum and two packets of tobacco, but instead of sitting quietly at home to do his drinking and smoking, he went off limping about the streets and field paths, taking a special delight in turning up wherever there were people slaving away at some hard labour. And there he’d sit and grin and gloat over these workers, and drink this rum of his, and smoke his tobacco, and what with one thing and another, never a year passed without Great-grandfather Luke getting beaten up somewhere, and Grandfather would have to wheel him home in the wheelbarrow.
Bohumil Hrabal – Closely Observed Trains
Translated by Edith Parteger
ISBN:0349101256
Release Date: April 1990
Publisher: Abacus
Format: Paperback
ISBN13:9780349101255
Length: 96 Pages
Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 23 August, 2018
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Benedict Mason – String Quartet No. 1


Benedict Mason – String Quartet No. 1

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 8 July, 2018

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Ethan Rose – Song Three (Ceiling Songs)


Ethan Rose – Song Three (Ceiling Songs)

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 5 July, 2018

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Reprehensible or not: James Comey: ‘You stare at children crying – what kind of people are we?’


Reprehensible or not: James Comey: ‘You stare at children crying – what kind of people are we?’

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 21 June, 2018

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