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Bujold says - 5GU music

Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:55:11 -0600 (CST)
From: Lois Bujold
Subject: [LMB] 5GU music

This has been sloshing around the internet for some time, I'm sure, but
it's very like what I imagine some of those 5GU 5-voiced Temple choirs
to sound like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yYcq1_Vxco

There's another recording of the same in a train station with acoustics
like a Cedonian stone temple. Minus the PA system and the trains, natch.

Ta, L.
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Public holidays in Bujold

It's Veteran's Day here, which brings to mind the question: what public holidays would they have on different worlds Lois has written?

On Barrayar, with its default assumption of military service, would every day be Veteran's Day, or would there be some general public holidays, with appropriate booming accompaniment?

On Sergyar, they couldn't do Count's birthday [too close to Emperor's birthday], but might do some Founder's Day type of celebration.

One is tempted to think of Beta Colony having some sort of Scientist's Day, but once again you run into the default assumption of everyone being a scientist [or at least scientific & rational].

I could easily see Komarrans having individual dome founding celebrations, planetwide Founder celebrations, and teeth-gritting-reluctant Barrayaran celebrations. The language used by dome maintenance departments after obligatory fireworks would make a Barrayaran blush.

Escobar would definitely rock Veteran's Day, though, and remember with pride the day they stood up to--and fought off!--those Barrayaran bullies.

Thoughts? Discussion? Fireworks? Bueller?


P. S. Happy Veteran's Day! To all who have, do, or will serve, thanks for your service!
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this week's prompt: the dinner party

I've been reading ACC, and so for this week's 'missing scene' prompt, I thought we might take the infamous Dinner Party and fill in some of the gaps around it. Cordelia has off-screen conversations with the Vorthyses, with Alys and Simon, and with Enrique. Somebody tells Enrique about Cordelia's scientific attainments, and he starts to worships at her altar. Dono, Olivia and the Vorbrettens go off together - what do they say about it all, and is this the start of Dono and Olivia's romance? How does the gossip get loose and spread around the city? What are the servants and armsmen saying? You could go to the start of the sequence - what *is* Dono telling all the women over cocktails before dinner? There's Aral meeting the Vorkosigan butter bugs, the Koudelkas arguing, Simon feeling guilty, Galeni realising Kareen and Mark are together, the incident with the drains, and Ivan running off to hide... plenty of characters and possibilities to play with. Have fun!

Fic of all lengths and types is welcome, as is art. And, as always, you can use any past prompt instead if this one doesn't inspire you.