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The Rev. Eli Jenkins’ Prayer

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , on May 5, 2014 by telescoper

Well, this Bank Holiday Monday is drawing to a close. I’ve spent a lot of it working, actually, but also occasionally listening to the wonderful celebration of Dylan Thomas Day on BBC Radio 3. Among other things, this actually made me feel a bit nostalgic for Wales (where I lived until last year)…

This is  the Reverend Eli Jenkins’ Prayer from Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas which is also sometimes known as The Sunset Poem. It’s a different choir, though. This is the Dunvant Male Voice Choir and they’re filmed on the breezy clifftops overlooking the beautiful Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula.

Dylan Thomas and a Male Voice Choir; what could be more Welsh than that?

Every morning when I wake,
Dear Lord, a little prayer I make,
O please do keep Thy lovely eye
On all poor creatures born to die

And every evening at sun-down
I ask a blessing on the town,
For whether we last the night or no
I’m sure is always touch-and-go.

We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.

O let us see another day!
Bless us all this night, I pray,
And to the sun we all will bow
And say, good-bye – but just for now!

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Poll: Have we reached ‘peak beard’?

Posted in Beards with tags , on May 5, 2014 by telescoper

Here’s a very important blog post about one of the great questions of the day. Please participate in the poll, as it could be crucial in shaping the fate of the nation.

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peak beard poll

We brought you news that we had apparently reached ‘peak beard’ – where the number of gentleman supporting beards has reached its capacity, and the facial haired fellow will soon go the way of the Dodo, retreating to the doldrums alongside the yoyo’s and Johnny Borrells of this world.

Not only did we bring you this news, but we also disproved the study with our very own Bearded London certified version, carried out on the streets of Shoreditch last week.

Now that the dust has settled, we want to put this matter to bed once and for all. Have we reached peak beard or is this all just a load of mumbo-jumbo?

Poll: Have we reached ‘peak beard’?

You can also tweet us your thoughts @beardedlondon using either #yes or #no. Speak up, vote and let your voices be heard. No one wants to be Johnny Borrell.

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