Steve Mansfield Posted July 3, 2010 Share Posted July 3, 2010 Back in the day I was very active on, and maintained the FAQ for, the uk.music.folk Usenet newsgroup. On umf a habit developed - part running joke, part safety valve - whereby if the dread topic 'What Is Folk Music' ever reared it's head, someone would head it off with a post of 'Horse!' or somesuch, in reference to Louis Armstrong's famous and much abused and misattributed quote, "All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song." And 9 times out of 10, at the cry of Horse!, all bets were off, daggers were sheathed, and everybody walked away and went about their business with honour intact and no harm done. It strikes me that Cnet would benefit from a similar escape valve whenever the equally contentious and bile-producing topic re-emerges, the dread topic of Which concertina system is best? I therefore propose the equivalent cry for Cnet: Noel! Noel! For reasons which are, I hope, reasonably obvious. Thoughts? Alternative suggestions? Flames, accusations of being a cheeky whippersnapper, and Mudcat-style beatings for complete misreadings of a small part of what I've written, all welcome ... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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