Friday, 19 December 2008


We had our works Christmas lunch today, and nice enough it was too. As we stuffed our faces with reformed turkey and supped heartily at our warm own-brand cola, a CD of Yuletide tuneage twittered brightly in the background, on permanent loop. How nice. Except for when it got to Ave Maria which is, of course, heartbreakingly, wrist-sawingly sad.

I seem to recall that on The Smiths' live album "Rank", the band's exit music was Maria Callas's rendition of Ave Maria and so for me, an unswerving Smiths fan since seeing their gladioli-waving Top of the Pops debut in 1984, that is the definitive version. In a fit of seasonal cheer then, here's a link to Maria's Maria in all its tear-jerking glory. Happy Christmas...

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