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Prancing Jeeves


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Posted Tue Nov 13th, 2012 3:44am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

If we did a video they could do illustrations. I'm not sure.


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Wiwiel


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Posted Tue Nov 13th, 2012 7:07am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Prancing Jeeves, it's a good idea!
I think I'll try to read, but my accent...

I'm a Russian spy, ok? :)
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mvet88


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Posted Tue Nov 13th, 2012 11:03am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

So this will be like the V day project? We record lines and they get played over the top of the illustrations, yes?
I can't draw so I'll put my hand up for reading lines.

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Desideria


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Posted Tue Nov 13th, 2012 6:32pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

What would you guys think if those who don't want to record lines made a booklet with what the others read, with text and illustrations? A bit like what we did for his birthday? We could then send the recording and the booklet in two separate files.

But I also like the idea with the video. It's perhaps easier to make.

Anyway, I suggest we take the poems PrancingJeeves linked to and divide it in several parts for each participant to record. I will post the poems in parts and let people choose which part(s) they'd like to read. If someone would like to read something different it shouldn't be a problem, just record it and send it too. The more, the merrier.

What I would also like is if we could include personal messages, either recorded or as texts for the booklet / video.

And, very important, we need someone who puts all the parts together.

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Prancing Jeeves


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Posted Wed Nov 14th, 2012 12:25am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Wiwiel said:
Prancing Jeeves, it's a good idea!
I think I'll try to read, but my accent...

Ha, if I can do it with my voice, I'm sure you can do it with your accent.


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Prancing Jeeves


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Posted Wed Nov 14th, 2012 12:27am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Desideria said:
What would you guys think if those who don't want to record lines made a booklet with what the others read, with text and illustrations? A bit like what we did for his birthday? We could then send the recording and the booklet in two separate files.

But I also like the idea with the video. It's perhaps easier to make.

Anyway, I suggest we take the poems PrancingJeeves linked to and divide it in several parts for each participant to record. I will post the poems in parts and let people choose which part(s) they'd like to read. If someone would like to read something different it shouldn't be a problem, just record it and send it too. The more, the merrier.

What I would also like is if we could include personal messages, either recorded or as texts for the booklet / video.

And, very important, we need someone who puts all the parts together.

Those are both great ideas. I like the personal messages thing too.


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mvet88


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Posted Wed Nov 14th, 2012 3:28am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

I like Desideria's idea also Now who can we get that is tech savvy to put the bits into a booklet and recording?

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Stefi


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Posted Wed Nov 14th, 2012 9:04pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

I think I'll read too, if I can find a microphone or something! We have to have one somewhere...
I'm not a techy, I'm afraid

We are talking of the idea of beauty, and the beauty of ideas.

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Prancing Jeeves


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Posted Thu Nov 15th, 2012 5:39am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

If you have a good enough mobile phone you can record yourself on your phone and upload it to your computer with a cord.


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Wiwiel


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Posted Thu Nov 15th, 2012 2:12pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

I can put all parts together and even make video.

I'm a Russian spy, ok? :)
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Prancing Jeeves


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Posted Fri Nov 16th, 2012 4:59am Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Yay! I was thinking that you'd be able to!


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Desideria


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Posted Fri Nov 16th, 2012 2:14pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Yay! Thank you, Wiwiel!

So - how about a multimedia present with booklet, recordings and a video? It should give everyone the possibility to get involved. We could make a video with the fir tree poem and the booklet with the other one plus perhaps own poems or stories. What do you think?

Alright then, let's start with the recordings. As announced, I will post both poems PrancingJeeves suggested and assign letters to the individual parts. Let me know which part you would like to record, I will post the results in a separate thread so that we can keep track on who is doing what.

Recordings should be done by, let's say, 30 November. Is that okay with everyone? Wiwiel then has enough time to put all the parts together.

The people who contribute in writing or by submitting drawings etc. should be done by 30 November as well. This will give us enough time to create something by mid December.

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Desideria


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Posted Fri Nov 16th, 2012 2:19pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Poem 1: The Foolish Fir-Tree a Christmas poem by Henry Van Dyke

PART 1:

"A tale that the poet Ruckert told
To German children, in days of old;
Disguised in a random, rollicking rhyme
Like a merry mummer of ancient time,
And sent, in its English dress, to please
The little folk of the Christmas trees."

PART 2:

A Little fir grew in the midst of the wood
Contented and happy, as young trees should.
His body was straight and his boughs were clean;
And summer and winter the bountiful sheen
Of his needles bedecked him, from top to root,
In a beautiful, all-the-year, evergreen suit.

PART 3:

But a trouble came into his heart one day,
When he saw that the other trees were gay
In the wonderful raiment that summer weaves
Of manifold shapes and kinds of leaves:
He looked at his needles so stiff and small,
And thought that his dress was the poorest of all.
Then jealousy clouded the little tree's mind,
And he said to himself, "It was not very kind
"To give such an ugly old dress to a tree!
"If the fays of the forest would only ask me,
"I'd tell them how I should like to be dressed,
"In a garment of gold, to bedazzle the rest!"
So he fell asleep, but his dreams were bad.
When he woke in the morning, his heart was glad;
For every leaf that his boughs could hold
Was made of the brightest beaten gold.
I tell you, children, the tree was proud;
He was something above the common crowd;
And he tinkled his leaves, as if he would say
To a peddler who happened to pass that way,
"Just look at me! don't you think I am fine?
"And wouldn't you like such a dress as mine?"
"Oh, yes!" said the man, "and I really guess
I must fill my pack with your beautiful dress."
So he picked the golden leaves with care,
And left the little tree shivering there.

PART 4:

"Oh, why did I wish for golden leaves?"
The fir-tree said, "I forgot that thieves
"Would be sure to rob me in passing by.
"If the fairies would give me another try,
"I'd wish for something that cost much less,
"And be satisfied with glass for my dress!"
Then he fell asleep; and, just as before,
The fairies granted his wish once more.
When the night was gone, and the sun rose clear,
The tree was a crystal chandelier;
And it seemed, as he stood in the morning light,
That his branches were covered with jewels bright.
"Aha!" said the tree. "This is something great!"
And he held himself up, very proud and straight;
But a rude young wind through the forest dashed,
In a reckless temper, and quickly smashed
The delicate leaves. With a clashing sound
They broke into pieces and fell on the ground,
Like a silvery, shimmering shower of hail,
And the tree stood naked and bare to the gale.

PART 5:

Then his heart was sad; and he cried, "Alas
"For my beautiful leaves of shining glass!
"Perhaps I have made another mistake
"In choosing a dress so easy to break.
"If the fairies only would hear me again
"I'd ask them for something both pretty and plain:
"It wouldn't cost much to grant my request,
"In leaves of green lettuce I'd like to be dressed!"
By this time the fairies were laughing, I know;
But they gave him his wish in a second; and so
With leaves of green lettuce, all tender and sweet,
The tree was arrayed, from his head to his feet.
"I knew it!" he cried, "I was sure I could find
"The sort of a suit that would be to my mind.
"There's none of the trees has a prettier dress,
"And none as attractive as I am, I guess."
But a goat, who was taking an afternoon walk,
By chance overheard the fir-tree's talk.
So he came up close for a nearer view;
"My salad!" he bleated, "I think so too!
"You're the most attractive kind of a tree,
"And I want your leaves for my five-o'clock tea."
So he ate them all without saying grace,
And walked away with a grin on his face;
While the little tree stood in the twilight dim,
With never a leaf on a single limb.

PART 6:

Then he sighed and groaned; but his voice was weak
He was so ashamed that he could not speak.
He knew at last that he had been a fool,
To think of breaking the forest rule,
And choosing a dress himself to please,
Because he envied the other trees.
But it couldn't be helped, it was now too late,
He must make up his mind to a leafless fate!
So he let himself sink in a slumber deep,
But he moaned and he tossed in his troubled sleep,
Till the morning touched him with joyful beam,
And he woke to find it was all a dream.
For there in his evergreen dress he stood,
A pointed fir in the midst of the wood!
His branches were sweet with the balsam smell,
His needles were green when the white snow fell.
And always contented and happy was he,
The very best kind of a Christmas tree.

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Desideria


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Posted Fri Nov 16th, 2012 2:31pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Poem 2: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)

PART 1:

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

PART 2:

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

PART 3:

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONDER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

PART 4:

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

PART 5:

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

PART 6:

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

PART 7:

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"

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Desideria


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Posted Fri Nov 16th, 2012 2:42pm Post subject: Christmas Project - Ideas

Oh, forgot one of the most important points: you can of course record more than one part!

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