A very Merry Christmas

24 December 2013

Firstly, thank you to all our readers who entered the recent competition – mathematical rather than historical but diversity is a good thing, right? We are sifting through the entries and have now approved all the comments posted as the competition has officially closed. Tomorrow, the winner will be announced – double celebration for someone on Christmas Day!

For many years we have been aware of a wonderful Christmas song which we thought we would share with you today to enjoy during the festive season. Dominic(k) the Donkey is a well known Christmas song written by Ray Allen, Sam Saltzberg and Wandra Merrell and was recorded by Lou Monte in 1960. The song describes a donkey who helps Santa Claus bring presents to children in Italy. The song was re-released on Amazon on 26 September 2011 on Dexterity Records with the spelling of “Dominick” being modified to “Dominic” for the re-release. It was included on Volume 2 of the “Ultimate Christmas Album” series produced by Collectables Records and on the Christmas compilation album “Merry Xmas 2011” by Cinquenta Musica. It’s one of those songs which will just stick in your heads – so, click the link if you dare! (Blame firmly lies with the ‘Saviour of Radio One’ @CHRISDJMOYLES during his time on the R1 breakfast show with Newsreader, Dominic Byrne @domisatwit)

And finally, the run up to Christmas would not be the same if we didn’t share with you another odd occupation in 1911. Mistletoe was a suggestion from one of our readers – ask and ye shall find! Retired Australian Mistletoe was how Mr Badcock‘s profession was described. It looks more to us like Retired Unitarian Minister but one thing we are sure of is that it was nothing to do with mistletoe!

Some of you will be far from the Internet tomorrow so before you switch off, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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