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Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Christmas Arch, Photo by PH Morton

Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Apparently, below is a list of world’s favourite Christmas songs, is your personal choice on the list below? ūüôā

50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, 1987 Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey 1994 Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
  3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure
  4. Last Christmas, Wham! 1984 George Michael
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Harry Reser 1934 John Fredrick Coots, Haven Gillespie
  6. Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby 1962 Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne
  7. Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir 1971 John Lennon, Yoko Ono
  8. Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney 1979, Paul McCartney
  9. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard 1973 Roy Wood
  10. Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade 1973, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  11. Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens 1985, Bob Heatlie
  12. Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson, 1950, Leroy Anderson
  13. Stay Another Day, East 17, 1994 Tony Mortimer
  14. Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea, 1988, Chris Rea
  15. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee, 1958, Johnny Marks
  16. Step Into Christmas, Elton John, 1973 Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  17. 2000 Miles, The Pretenders, 1983 Chrissie Hynde
  18. I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi 1962 / 2008 Hank Hunter, Mark Barkan
  19. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love 1963 Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
  20. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Vaughn Monroe / Dean Martin / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1945 / 1959 / 1963 Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
  21. Stop The Calvary, Jona Lewie, 1980, Jona Lewie
  22. Frosty The Snowman, Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys / Perry Como / Johnny Mathis / Kimberley Locke 1950 / 1957 / 2003 / 2007 Walter “Jack” Rollins, Steve Nelson
  23. White Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1942, Irving Berlin
  24. I Believe In Father Christmas, Greg Lake / Toyah Wilcox / Elaine Paige 1975 / 1982 / 1986 Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
  25. Christmas Lights, Coldplay, 2010, Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
  26. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), The Nat King Cole Trio, 1946 Mel Tormé, Bob Wells
  27. Thank God It’s Christmas, Queen, 1984 Brain May, Roger Taylor
  28. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year, Andy Williams 1963 Edward Pola, George Wyle
  29. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1953, Joahn Javits, Phillip Springer
  30. Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses, 1981, Chris Butler
  31. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Frank Sinatra, 1957, Ralph Blanew, Hugh Martin
  32. Please Come Home For Christmas, Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi 1961 / 1978 / 1995 Charles Brown, Gene Redd
  33. Spaceman Came Travelling, Chris de Burgh, 1976, Chris de Burgh
  34. A Winter’s Tale, David Essex, 1982, Mike Batt / Tim Rice
  35. Lonely This Christmas, MUD, 1974 Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
  36. Cold December, Night Michael Bublé 2011 Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock
  37. Mistletoe And Wine, Cliff Richard, 1988, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart, Keith Strachan
  38. Merry Christmas, Bryan Adams, 2011, Bryan Adams
  39. Christmas Time – Don’t Let The Bells End, The Darkness 2003 Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham
  40. Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord, Boney M, 1978 Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Lorin
  41. Power Of Love, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1984 Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole
  42. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley, 1957, Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
  43. When A Child Is Born (Soleado) Johnny Mathis 1976 Ciro Dammiccom, Fred Jay
  44. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry 1949 Johnny Marks
  45. Winter Wonderland, Perry Como, 1934, Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
  46. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jimmy Boyd, 1952, Tommie Connor
  47. Mary’s Boy Child, Harry Belafonte, 1957, Jester Hairston
  48. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters 1951 Meredith Wilson
  49. The Little Drummer Boy, Harry Simeone Chorale 1958 Harry Simeone, K. K. Davis, Henry Onorati
  50. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Additional favourite (Mine):

Marriage & Friendship

Marrying your best friend eliminates the risk of divorce by over 70%, and this marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.

Marriage & Friendship

The above statistic/psychobabble was from Facebook. ūüôā

Apparently if you are too scared to get married because you are too afraid to end up in a divorce, messy or otherwise, marrying a best-friend or friend has a guaranteed probability of successful marriage by 70 per cent.

I supposed a friend, is someone who understands and accepts you for who and what you are.  He/she knew your quirks and idiosyncrasies from way back as friends.  Shared secrets, shared hopes and dreams are pretty powerful force that binds you together.  Someone, who would cover your back no matter what is something that you would yearn in times of great need.  Being married to one is being so lucky!

In an interview of Blake Lively, this is what she had to say about her husband, Ryan Reynolds:

He is my friend first. ¬†I think that’s the secret to happiness.

Sleep Stats

zombie-silhouetteSome lucky ones can nod off anywhere as soon as they close they eyes. ¬†Some need help to go to sleep, resorting to pills, listening to soothing music, having a warm bath, spritzing lavander scent on their bedsheets, bedroom, some resort to hynotherapy, some need drink of warm milk, alcohol….

Sleep or lack of it, tells on our body and our health.  A study has found that lack of sleep or poor sleeping pattern can eventually lead to a greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.  Not too mention, poor concentration as well.

We are therefore rather fascinated with everything to do with sleep. ¬†Here are some statistics to dream about ūüėČ

Sleep Stats

According to a recent survey: –

86% of Brits said that they feel more relax when their bedroom has a fresh, pleasant scent.

64% of Brits agree that lavender scent is very calming.

42% of those surveyed agree that they get a good night sleep at night.

7hours and 20 minutes, an average amount of sleep needed to function best.

43% want a hot drink before bedtime.

30% of Brits sleep naked.

15 days worth of sleep is lost every year because of fretting and worrying according to a study conducted by Leeds University.


Did you know?

On average, we sleep off 30 per cent of our entire life.

Get a good zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Harry Potter Wind His Wands On Top of the Children’s Book List

imagesThe Harry Potter series of books are top of the children’s book list and I am in no doubt that it is the top list of some of adult readers too.

Whenever the a new book of Harry Potter comes out, you can see mostly adult commuters on buses, trains, tube and even as passengers in cars deep in their noses in the new Harry Potter blockbuster.

Peter, the hubby, positively revel on the stories. He can finish a few inches in thickness of the Harry Potter within a few days.

I do love the Harry Potter books as well but have not really finished any. It is so descriptive that I get waylaid by imagination and go off somewhere else.

But it is in my bucket list of books to read one day soon when I am retired from the daily grind of being a working girl (not as adventurous as the street-walker, I am afraid!LOL)


16 January 2014 Last updated at 07:38

JK Rowling and films dominate children’s book list

By Angela Harrison Education correspondent, BBC News

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Are children tempted by films to read harder books?

Harry Potter author JK Rowling tops a new list of children’s favourite books which is dominated by titles that have been made into films.

Six of the author’s books about wizardry feature in a list compiled by online education company Renaissance Learning.

The Potter series has a reading age of 11-12, but is popular among children as young as six.

Other books on the list were similarly advanced.

The study looked at the reading habits of more than 400,000 children in 2,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, with children being asked to vote for their favourites.

The top books across all age groups were, in joint first place: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

Fourth place was shared by Inheritance (Christopher Paolini) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Branded productsEight books shared sixth place:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban¬†by JK Rowling
  • The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Renaissance Learning calculates an estimated “reading age” for the Harry Potter books, launched in 1997, as being between 11 and 12 years old, based on the complexity of words and language and sentence length.

But a breakdown of the lists suggests the books are very popular with younger readers.

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Films certainly do give a book added value for children‚ÄĚ

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One of the Harry Potter titles is in second place on the most popular book list among pupils in Year 2 (six and seven-year-olds) and three are in the top five books picked by children in Year 3.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire – which were both made into successful films – have an estimated reading age 11, but appear popular with children from the age of nine or 10.

Renaissance Learning says the fact that children are reading books which are quite challenging for their age group suggests films, computer games and branded products linked with books might be boosting literacy.

It is not thought the final study, when it is published later this year, will show a causal link however.

Prof Keith Topping from Dundee University, who carried out the research for the company, looked at what children of different ages were reading and how much they understood about those books.

He said: “It is wonderful what reading highly motivating books does for children.

“For the Years 1-5, children are reading favourite books at far above their chronological ability, but still maintaining a high rate of success.”

He said it was not just that films might attract children to reading books – a child might also be drawn to seeing a film if they had liked a book.

Added value”The Hobbit was high on the lists before the first film came out,” he said.

“However, since the first film came out, The Hobbit has risen up the lists and become even more popular. So films certainly do give a book added value for children.”

Last year the Booktrust charity asked people of all ages to vote for the book they thought all children should read before the age of 14 from a list of 100.

JK Rowling also topped that poll, followed by The Hunger Games and many others which had also been turned into films, including novels by Roald Dahl, Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman.

Viv Bird, the chief executive of Booktrust, said: “We’re not surprised to see another list topped by Harry Potter. It’s been several years since the last film was released, and many of these children weren’t born 16 years ago when the first Potter title was published, yet it truly endures as a modern classic.

“The common fear among parents and teachers is that books have to compete with the rest of the entertainment industry for children’s attention, but we are seeing more and more of this trend for films sending young people back to books.

“It can be a reciprocal relationship and actually help turn reluctant readers around, which can only be a good thing.”

Dr Who 50th Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr Who, Goggle Doole created the cutest cartoons and animations of the Doctors. So cute.

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Dr Who was officially acknowledged by the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a tv drama. This record was for the 50th anniversary special which was broadcast simultaneously to 94 countries, spanning 6 continents.

Not only that, Dr Who also hold the record for the most successful Science Fiction series!

Well Done Dr!



Chinese Ming Bowl Auctioned at $18M


Ming Bowl

Rare Ming bowl sells for $18m at auction

The above Ming ceramic bowl was auctioned in Hong Kong’s Sotheby’s. It created a bidding frenzy, and it eventually sold for $18m (¬£11.2m).

I bet you wanted to know, as I, why a little porcelain bowl can cost so much?

Apparently this particular piece is rather rare and has the history of having been a royal ware used by a 15th century king.

This Ming bowl created a record of being the second most expensive piece of Ming porcelain ever auctioned.

I wonder what the most expensive ming porcelain was?!!!

Let us know if you knew!