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Stan Rogers in Mongolia

18 Dec 01 - 01:12 PM (#612413)
Subject: Stan Rogers in Mongolia
From: GUEST,harvey andrews

If anyone's posted this before my apologies; George Courtauld was a Queens Messenger who published three volumes of diaries. He's a Daily Mail Tory and the last person on earth to be a folkie so imagine my suprise on reading this..(I collect diaries, even those of Daily Mail type Tories..sorry, it's a weakness I know)

Excerpts from "The last travels of a Fat Bulldog" George Courtauld. Constable. 2000.

It's December 1997 and he's in a nightclub in Ulaan Baatar A sing around begins..
"Someone hands out sheets of paper upon which are typed the words of the choruses which will be sung during the evening.
The bearded man sings a lot...a Scot keens "Wont you gang to the Hielands Lady Lindsay?"

etc ..the evening progresses and he gets quite pissed...

"things are getting blurry and the singing and conversation are merging into a babble and everyone is singing and talking at once:
So away away with the rum by gum....that's the song of the Salvation Army"

Then he rambles on a bit before suddenly quoting

"Ah for just one time I would take the North-West passage
To find the hand of Franklyn reaching for the Beaufort sea
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a North-West passage to the sea"

Then he rambles again before

"Now, have you heard this one?

Rise again, rise again, tho' your heart it be broken and life about to end
No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love a friend,
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!"

I bet the bearded man who sang a lot had something to do with all this but I love the thought of Stan's work having penetrated as far as a night club in Mongolia. There's hope for one and all.
Merry whatever and a Happy New whatsit to 'e all!

18 Dec 01 - 02:34 PM (#612462)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: breezy

"At last I'm ready for Christmas, I've even finished the tree." Well the wife has, thank Stan for this festive season's song.

18 Dec 01 - 02:38 PM (#612467)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: Willa

A wonderful story, Harvey. Best wishes to you, too, and many thanks for the enjoyment I get from listening to 'The Gift'; 'Anon' and 'The Song' are my favourites.

18 Dec 01 - 03:31 PM (#612494)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: Jack the Sailor

That is impressive! As was Stan, I have a shipment of Stan Rogers CDs Video and books at the Post Office! I can Hardly wait!

18 Dec 01 - 03:46 PM (#612497)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: katlaughing

That is so kewl! Thanks for sharing it with us. Interesting hobby!


18 Dec 01 - 10:11 PM (#612774)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: McGrath of Harlow

Reaching Mongolia is one thing, but maybe getting through to a Daily Mail Tory is even more impressive...

And thanks, Harvey, for "Margarita" - a song that's always bracketted in my mind with Eric Bogles No Mans Land. The other half of the story. (But more understated, which I like.)

18 Dec 01 - 10:52 PM (#612830)
Subject: RE: stan rogers in Mongolia
From: Melani

Thanks for reminding me of "I'm Finally Ready for Christmas." I'm not, but at least it makes me feel better.