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772319.  Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:22 pm Reply with quote

I just wanted to share this brilliant article I found in relation to some research I've been doing. It's regarding the Handel Commemoration Festivals, in honour of the composer Handel, which took place at the Crystal Palace in the 1850s, every three years until 1926. They included enormous orchestras and choirs - around 400 players and over 3000 singers. However the particular bit of Quite Interesting information I wanted to share was an article in a scottish newspaper (the Calendonian Mercury) from 1859 describing the refreshments on offer: some of the language used to describe the chickens 'passing into the condition of "refreshments"' is just brilliant!

Source: Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday, June 27, 1859; Issue 21763

772323.  Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Lovely piece, and the fact it starts with a mention of the "loyal anthem of England" leads me to suspect the writer was not a happy bunny at being at this event in the first place, to concetrate their piece on the food consumed was brilliant.

772531.  Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:03 pm Reply with quote

Great stuff sofiev - thanks :-)


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