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My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).


2011 in review, courtesy of the number crunchers at WordPress

It’s not really very interesting, but it’s available, so I’ve made it public. Just “because”.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Welcome to 2012! 2011 was a bit rubbish, I’m hoping for better this year, doubt I’ll get it.

*sigh*

For me, 2011 was a bit of a disappointment. For others around this planet, it was a complete nightmare, and the drums never stop!
This year is the year of that Mayan prophecy that documentary channels have been warning (read “grabbing for ratings”) about and now the 2012 countdown is up, running and counting down … to our doom! Supposedly. Should be an interesting year then, and an even more interesting December. Continue reading


At the End of the Feast by Anonymous

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of At the End of the Feast by Anonymous.
A traditional English Christmas Carol, first published in New Christmas Carols in 1642.
This poem was the Weekly Poetry Project for the week beginning December 25th 2011.(Summary by Lucy Perry)


 
http://www.archive.org/download/endof_feast_1201_librivox/attheendofthefeast_anonymous_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=2m 47s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…


The Feast of Lights by Emma Lazarus

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of The Feast of Lights by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 18th to December 25th, 2011.

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is the Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century BCE.
This poem celebrating Hanukkah was written by Emma Lazarus, a Jewish American poet. Emma Lazarus also wrote ‘The New Colossus,’ a sonnet which is inscribed on a plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

 
http://www.archive.org/download/feastoflights_1112_librivox/feastoflights_lazarus_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=3m 37s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…


Thrice Welcome by Poor Robin

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Thrice Welcome from Poor Robin’s Almanac. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 11th to to December 18th, 2011.

Poor Robin’s Almanac first appeared in England in the 17th century. It ran until sometime in the 18th century.
It was originally a satirical publication, although over the years it became less humorous and more of a source for traditional homilies.
Poor Robin is a pseudonym whose original user is unknown. William Winstanley and Robert Herrick are both possible candidates. More works were published under this pseudonym in America in the 1800s. (Summary by Lucy Perry)

 
http://www.archive.org/download/thricewelcome_1112_librivox/thricewelcome_robin_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 15s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…


The Little Mud-Sparrows by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Little Mud-Sparrows by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911). This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for December 4th to December 18th, 2011.

This poem is taken from CHRISTMAS IN LEGEND AND STORY; A Book for Boys and Girls, complied by Elva S. Smith, Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and Alice I. Hazeltine, Public Library St. Louis 1915. (from the book’s frontispiece)

 
http://www.archive.org/download/mudsparrows_1112_librivox/littlemudsparrows_phelps_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=2m 57s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…


The Fiddler of Dooney by William Butler Yeats

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of The Fiddler of Dooney by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 4th to December 11th, 2011.

William Butler Yeats was a notable Irish poet and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.
The Fiddler of Dooney first appeared in Yeats’ 1899 book of poetry ‘The Wind Among the Reeds`. (Summary by Lucy Perry)

 
http://www.archive.org/download/fiddler_dooney_1112_librivox/fiddlerofdooney_yeats_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 22s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…