I’ve recently discovered an old show from the ’80s called "Inspector Morse". It’s based on a series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. The title character, Endeavour Morse, attended public school (private school to us Americans), graduated from Oxford, wears herringbone tweed jackets, drinks beer and whiskey like a fish, hits on women left and right, listens to opera, and drives around town in his classic Jaguar Mark 2. (Need I say more?) Morse works for the Thames Valley CID and his bailiwick is the City of Oxford and the surrounding countryside. He is accompanied by the loveable, but non-‘old boy’ Sergeant Lewis who hails from up north (Newcastle). Many of the episodes are filmed on the grounds and in the buildings of several of the colleges of the University of Oxford as well as in the countryside. A few episodes are even filmed on the grounds of old estates and castles. I highly recommend this show to those who haven’t seen it before. It runs through eight series (seasons) and is followed by the spin-off “Inspector Lewis” and the prequel “Endeavour”. All eight series can be found for free on Hulu; the spin-off and prequel are on Netflix, though they are incomplete.
"Songs of the University of Pennsylvania"—a 1954 album of University songs as performed by the Penn Glee Club and the Penn Band—is now available for download on iTunes. This is a great album to hear that classic, collegiate, glee club sound. It’s also a great way for any current or in-coming Penn student to learn our school songs.
N.B. At this time some of the tracks are mislabeled, so you may have to relabel them in iTunes. I have written to iTunes about this problem, but have yet to receive a response. Here are the correct labels: Track 5 is the “Franklin Field March”; Track 6 is “Ave Pennsylvania”; Track 7 is “Cheer Pennsylvania”. As well, “Hail, Pennsylvania”—the official alma mater of the University—is listed on the album cover, but is not among the tracks uploaded onto iTunes. I do not know if this was a failure of the original recording or of iTunes.
In any case, I am glad that this album is available for download. I hope you enjoy it too.
You can find the album by clicking HERE.
Feast Days of February according to the Anglican Kalendar (used in the American Episcopal Church). From “My Book of the Church’s Year” by Enid M. Chadwick.
Epiphany-tide & Feast Days of January according to the Anglican Kalendar (used in the American Episcopal Church). From “My Book of the Church’s Year” by Enid M. Chadwick.
"Our access to information gives us the impression we are wiser than we are. The fact that we can now all read about issues to a significant extent means we believe we understand them with, in reality, limited knowledge and even less context and background. This leads to a façade of wisdom—what little we know we consider to be enough, and consequently we do not spend time trying to understand the issues fully. Rather than embracing the learning process, wrestling with the ideas that confront us, we simply take for granted what others have said.
All this in turn leads to an increase in individualism. Our ability to find out things on our own means we no longer rely on the wiser, more educated members of our society for direction or seek to learn for ourselves. Our searching becomes instant and self-serving—a “what can I get out of this” attitude—and means when we are asked to give of ourselves, we are reluctant. It simply is not something we are used to doing any more.”
Advent & Feast Days of December according to the Anglican Kalendar (used in the American Episcopal Church). From “My Book of the Church’s Year” by Enid M. Chadwick.
Pennsylvania-Cornell Football Game 1993
In honor of the (University of) Pennsylvania-Cornell (University) football game that used to take place on Thanksgiving Day during much of the Twentieth Century I am posting a two minute clip from the 1993 game. (Click on the title of this post to view it.) Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m currently watching the University of Pennsylvania football team try to make an eleventh hour comeback against Harvard on Soldier’s Field in Cambridge, Mass. This game, which usually has Ivy League Title implications, is being broadcast on NBC Sports. Having several players out with injuries, Penn has racked up some uncharacteristic losses in the past few games and is most certainly out of the title race. Princeton looks ready to take the cup from us this year… “Fight on, Pennsylvania!”