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Chris Baron wrote:The Archers video isn't available due to copyright blah...Is it the same tune?

Video??? Wrong 'Archers' methinks.

Anyway, here you go. Enjoy.

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Chris Baron wrote:@Matthew: the Nazis never achieved a majority in free elections and they tried several times.

As in most proportional electoral systems with more than 2 major parties competing, they were never likely to; what's more interesting (in my opinion) is that they lost support (> 30 seats) in the short period before Hitler was made Chancellor. They were still, by quite a margin, the largest party in Germany though.

They got empowered by v. Hindenburg who pretty much fulfilled the role of a Ersatz-Kaiser. Wilhelm II was quite a moral arsonist and he f*cked up Germany so royally that he prepared the ground (or tableau) for the nazis.

Perhaps best left to another thread, but I disagree.

Anyways, this is about anthems, not 1930's politics. Anybody have any more?

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chris webster wrote:Don't forget the American "My Country Tis Of Thee".

Aaargh. Stop. I can't stand it any more.......

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Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Chris Baron wrote:The Archers video isn't available due to copyright blah...Is it the same tune?

Video??? Wrong 'Archers' methinks.

Anyway, here you go. Enjoy.

Winston


No no, that's what i see. The reason is our dearest GEMA.
 
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Chris Baron wrote:No no, that's what i see. The reason is our dearest GEMA.

Oh dear. Well, come to our fair shores, and for a mere £145.50 per year, you get unlimited access to the world's greatest media "Internet elephant", featuring interminable re-runs along, it has to be said, with the occasional gem like 'QI' and 'New Tricks'.

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world's greatest media "Internet elephant"

Do you mean BBC or Youtube? On Youtube mainly music is blocked due to GEMA but i've seen many episodes of QI, Top Gear and Mitchell and Webb.
 
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Chris Baron wrote:Do you mean BBC or Youtube?

Either would qualify, but the Beeb is what we pay for.

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Your verdict on 'Sherlock'?
 
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Praveen Kumar M K wrote:Your verdict on 'Sherlock'?

Hmmm. Flawed, but interesting. To me, Jeremy Brett is (or sadly, was) Sherlock Holmes (just as Clive Merrison is on the radio; and probably Basil Rathbone was for many ); but a brave try, nevertheless. I think the episodes were (are?) a bit too long; probably could have been done in a 1-hour format, maybe with a 'cliffhanger' for some stories.

Interesting question. Bit out of left field though.

BTW: If you like that stuff, have you watched 'Whitechapel'? Slightly better, IMHO.

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Winston Gutkowski wrote:
BTW: If you like that stuff, have you watched 'Whitechapel'? Slightly better, IMHO.


Since we were on the subject of Beeb, I thought I'll just check how 'Sherlock' is faring at its birthplace. I just got introduced to 'Coupling' last week, so I'll put 'WhiteChapel' after that.
 
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Praveen Kumar M K wrote:Since we were on the subject of Beeb...so I'll put 'WhiteChapel' after that.

It's actually an ITV production (our main commercial TV), so probably worth editing out the ads if you can.

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I am a huge fan of La Marseillaise Its a great tune, great fighting words, etc.

While I am an American, I think The Star Spangled Banner is a terrible anthem. Its un-singable by 99% of the people, the range is simply too wide
unless you are a trained singer. The tune is lame (and an old drinking song) and the words are commemorating a trivial battle of a trivial war.

 
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Pat Farrell wrote:... the words are commemorating a trivial battle of a trivial war.


That may be true, but the words aren't really that important. Remember that when the Australians were voting on a new national anthem a few years back, a large minority voted for "Waltzing Matilda".
 
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chris webster wrote:Don't forget the American "My Country Tis Of Thee".


You mean God Save the Queen, right?

That is a wretched song no matter what the words are.
 
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