Weather in September 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for September 2016. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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The Kings – SA, TB, TTBB

The words of The Kings by Peter Cornelius (1824 to 1874) with the music from, and english words from, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Philipp Nicolai written in 1597 and first published in 1599. Johann Sebastian Bach based his chorale cantata Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1 on it and used single verses for other cantatas.

Peter Cornelius composed “Die Könige”, a song for solo voice and piano with the “Wie schön” melody in the accompaniment; this was later reworked into an Epiphany anthem in English for solo voice and chorus in which the soloist sings the text “Three Kings from Persian lands afar…” (using Conelius’s original tune) over the choir, which performs the chorale tune “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”, taken from Cornelius’s original piano accompaniment, underneath. A version of “The Three Kings” is included in the first volume of the popular Willcocks and Jacques compilation Carols for Choirs.

I have known this work since my earliest days and can recall singing it at age 8 with my father. I remember him singing it before that so it is at least 65 years since I first came across this carol. The copy I have dates from then and is priced 3d. in old British coinage just to give you an idea. The booklet is undated and has no copyright information so I have assumed that it is no longer in copyright as it must be over 70 years old. If this is not the case please let me know.

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A transcription to MuseScore 2.0.3 [→] of that original leaflet yields the SA version of the carol: The Kings SA with piano (PDF)

I have also transposed that to TB as it is: The Kings TB with piano (PDF)

I have additionally made my own arrangement of the TB version as a TTBB score: The Kings TTBB with piano (PDF)

If you would like any files such as MIDI, Music XML, MP3 you can get them here.

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Weather in August 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for August 2016. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.

Daily Max and Min
carroward-max-min-pressure-2016-08(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)
The black line is the barometric pressure at midnight of each day and the Max and Min temperatures are from my own instrument.

The graph below shows the 7-day moving average of the Max and Min temperatures
carroward-7day-average-max-min-2016-08

In the next graphs there are figures for Knock Airport so it is useful to know how Knock differs due to the additional height. The chart below tracks the difference in Max and Min temperature between my readings and those from Knock Airport taken by Met Éireann.
carroward-to-knock-max-min-comparison-2016-08

The Sunshine graph!
knock-hrs-sunshine-2016-08

The comparison of Sunshine to rainfall and also incorporating Soil Mean Temperature. (Soil is the mean 10cm temperature in Degrees Celsius)
knock-rain-to-sun-2016-08

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Weather in July 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

Having got myself a fairly rudimentary gizmo to record max and min temperatures, and already having a good quality barometer, >68 years as it has always hung in my house – and probably more than 100 years old as I believe it came from my Grandfather’s house, I decided to start keeping some weather records. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres.

You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.

So the weather indicators for July 2016
carroward-max-min-pressure-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)
The black line is the barometric pressure at midnight of each day and the Max and Min temperatures are from my own instrument.

The graph below shows the 7-day moving average of the Max and Min temperatures
carroward-7day-average-max-min-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

In the next graphs there are figures for Knock Airport so it is useful to know how Knock differs due to the additional height. The chart below tracks the difference in Max and Min temperature between my readings and those from Knock Airport taken by Met Éireann.
carroward-to-knock-max-min-comparison-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

Now the important bit! The Sunshine. These figures are from Knock Airport as I do not have the facility to measure this. Since knock is so close – we can see the airport – the differences in sunshine are small.
knock-hrs-sunshine-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

And finally a chart showing the mm of rain compared to the hours of sunshine at Knock Airport.
knock-rain-to-sun-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

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I Know Her So Well (TTBB)

This is an adaptation of the song from Chess “I Know Him So Well” with words more suitable for male singers and arranged in 4 parts (TTBB). The tempo is set a bit on the slow side for learning purposes and could probably be raised from 64 bpm very slightly for performances. @64 it is 4m 25s. The slight problem with the track for a split second near the start is not resolved at present. If I fix it I will upload a new version. It does not happen on other versions such as “I-know-her-so-well_TTBB(no visible piano).wmv”. It appears to be a glitch in the notation software. FIXED
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James Delingpole: Who Protects Britain’s Birds from the RSPB?

**** James Delingpole, hot on the hypocrisy trail, pops up a fair and reasonable poser: who protects Britain’s birds from its Royal Society for the Protection of Birds? (BTW: We’ve added a few graphics to help James make his point).

RSPB: We must build more bird-chopping eco cruifixes
James Delingpole
Breitbart
26 May 2016

Britain must build thousands more bat-chomping bird-slicing eco crucifixes in order to stave off “dangerous climate change” says the RSPB.

RSPB stands for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and, no, this is not The Onion.

Source: James Delingpole: Who Protects Britain’s Birds from the RSPB?

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Hillary Clinton Talks About Inequality In Jacket That Cost More Than A New Car

This folks is simply obscene! I leave you to follow the link for the details: ZeroHedge

“I know how important it is that we get the campaign’s resources from people just like you, who go in and chip in $5, $25. I am grateful to every one of you. ”

And she said every word of it while wearing a Giorgio Armani tweed jacket that cost a hefty $12,495.

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