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  • jullietwright 1:08 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: How to have a miserable January - and it's only the 10th.   

    If little green men from Mars visited us, what would they think? Christmas is obviously the time for buying cheap sofas, January is the season for diets, detoxes, exercise plans and other punishments for lounging on cheap sofas. Even in this secular age, we retain a puritan streak which could, ironically be responsible for those few extra inches on the waist. Those of us brought up during post-war austerity cannot stand waste – the last mince pie in the packet, the chocolates with the centres no one really likes, the remains of the bread sauce lurking at the back of the fridge, they would be better inside the bin than inside us but we just can’t do it. So ditch the guilt – we are the victims here.

    By the way, Stephen who runs St. Mark’s Coffee-Bingo is now recycling unwanted Christmas gifts.

     
  • jullietwright 12:54 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Thoughts on Christmas and related topics   

    That’s Christmas over for another year and creme eggs are in the shops. Our turn to have the Crawley branch of the family for the festivities this year. Forget eating turkey into the New Year, we had to go out for fresh supplies on Boxing Day, supervised by Jem who, at nearly 10, shows all the signs of being an astute shopper. We took a jar of loose change with us and he watched with interest as the total mounted up on the machine – extra pocket money for him and his twin sister.

    On Christmas Eve, we were at St. Mark’s for the Nativity Play and Christingle. All very noisy and festive. The Christmas tree had been comprhensively decorated by the Junior Church – well, not so much decorated as smothered in glittery stuff. Kitty was a shepherd (head dress courtesy of the Internet, tea towels are so last year) and Jem one of the kings. Each had a line of dialogue and the combination of Shiremoor and West Sussex accents was an interesting one.

    The pantomime at the Tyne Theatre was Cinderella. No actual pony for the coach (boo), but great fun with much enthusiastic shouting of “behind you” and “oh, no he isn’t”, not least by Grandma who thoroughly enjoys the whole spectacle.

    We had a break from putting the house to rights (K suggested making soup from the detritus under the table) for the New Year’s Day concert at the Sage. The programme was mainly Vienna-centred but included selections from the Nutcracker, and, of course finished with the Radetzky March. Who remembers the original General? I was reminded of a concert we attended on a barge on the Danube Canal. The Radetzky march was accompanied by much clapping, banging on tables and stamping of feet as is customary. Out of the corner of my eye, i caught sight of a party of Japanese tourists their faces frozen into horrified immobility at this sudden strange behaviour by these Westerners.

    Cultures may differ but friendship is universal and Christmas is a good time to make sure our friendships are in good repair. Wishing you all the best for 2015.

     
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