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"Dennis, Tales of a Rascal" The Christmas Horse (Épisode TV 1960)
Mr. Maguire's only appearence in the show was Ernest Truex, the actual Sylvia Field spouse who was Mrs. Wilson. As Mr. Wilson goes outside to buy a Christmas Eve from Mr. Maguire, the microphone's shade is crossing the Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve in Maguire's cars - even though they are in the midst of the road and there is nothing that could produce such a shade of natural.
That Skeleton-Walisian horse you must fight in a battle of rhymes.
There' s a skeleton horse rhyming outside your front yard, and he wants in. It is the Welsh Mari Lwyd traditions, a mid-winter practice in which the head of a horse adorned with a bell and ribbon is shown on a cane by a celebrant under a handkerchief, challenging the neighbours in return for drinks and meals.
Of course Mari Lwyd now appears around Christmas and New Year, but this is a pre-Christian ritual, one of those heathen rites that were kept in the British Isles over the ages. Mari Lwyd's rather frightening play almost disappeared from Wales at some point, but recently it has flared up again, with Christmas decorations that were sometimes used for the eye instead of old glassbottom.
Slanders in the "pwnco" fights, as they are known, are less severe nowadays and drink a little less, but the horse skull's sardonical smirk, sometimes with a springy pine, stays to follow your Christmas season. The 1966 BBC Wales movie below shows the Mari Lwyd Dialog in appropriate poems until the untote filly is let in.
The Music Traditions Wales (which features a flatpack Mari Lwyd for schools) refers to the profound optical arts of the British horse, such as the later, pre-historic Uffington Snow Horsecarved in the Oxfordshire Heights. The Welsh writer Vernon Watkins praised his nation's customs in his 1941 "Ballad of Mari Lwyd" (his script was commented by T. S. Eliot in the British Library).
We have Mari Lwyd, Frost Horse, Star Horse and White Horse of the Sea. Traditions have also influenced the fine arts. The deceased William Brown painted a portrait of Mari Lwyd as an animation animal with man's foot, while Clive Hicks-Jenkins researched the figure in a string of dramatic images; in Cardiff there is even a wall painting by road performer Phlegm.
Mari Lwyd's roaming days vary from city to city, so keep an eye on her.