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Old 08-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #11
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Mike:

Did Abba ever sing Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree? I saw the late king singing it (with all the gestures) at a Boy Scouts camp in a newsreel before the war, but that was years before Abba.

The words are here:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?thr...538&messages=9

   
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I'll just go and crawl back under my stone...

   
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... which led here:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...772266,00.html

   
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Or maybe he is, indeed, following along with the lyrics in sign language.

   
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:41 PM   #15
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Actually, although I described them as 'Boy Scouts', I think they were Rovers, so the 'boys' would have been, I believe, over eighteen, and a year later (when the Time report was written) they'd all have been called up for the armed services). I am rather pleased that my recollection of a newsreel seen when I was eight was sustantially accurate.

   
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Actually, although I described them as 'Boy Scouts', I think they were Rovers, so the 'boys' would have been, I believe, over eighteen, and a year later (when the Time report was written) they'd all have been called up for the armed services). I am rather pleased that my recollection of a newsreel seen when I was eight was sustantially accurate.
Did I mention that I was impressed? I was impressed.

   
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:14 PM   #17
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Mike, I'd suggest looking over some books in whatever field yours will be in. Maybe at a library that would have some US books in stock, or a bookseller with a "Colonial" section?

I've seen all sorts of creativity ranging from "nice and just a tad different" to "what were they thinking" on books these days. There are no hard and fast rules, and US readers in the mass market are often quite happy to find that someone has simply proofread the damned thing. Forget fact-checking, the few remaining publishers won't spend a dime on anything.

Assuming that's some kind of "thriller" or "mystery"...the full range of creativity is open to you, and the readers will enjoy it, unless you go outright overboard.
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