10.6.42

The only time when one hears people singing in the BBC is in the early morning, between 6 and 8. That is the time when the charwomen are at work. A huge army of them arrives all at the same time, they sit in the reception hall waiting from their brooms to be issued to them and making as much noise as a parrot house, and then they have wonderful choruses, all singing together as they sweep the passages. The place has a quite different atmosphere at this time from what it has later in the day.

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3 Responses to 10.6.42

  1. Toiski says:

    New word learned: charwoman.
    Also, hearing a chorus first thing every morning sounds delightful. I wonder what they were singing?

  2. Knees Up Mother Brown, Down at the Old Bull and Bush?

  3. Hence the ‘prole woman’ singing as she cleans her slum home in “Nineteen Eighty Four”. Orwell had a love for the music halls and found a significance in the lyrics of popular songs – pre wireless, not records – that he valued.

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