Archive for December, 2009

“But why were you flying it out of your bedroom window?” I asked my son as he held the base of ladder. The damp chill of Boxing Day morning made the aluminium rungs very cold and slippery. Holding the rake in one chilled hand and wobbling at the top of the ladder I managed to […]

Merry Christmas


Email from Amazon arrived last night headed “Need a last-minute gift idea? Send a Gift Certificate”… Their customer intelligence is first rate. That’s the great thing about the online world. You can do things at the last minute. Which is why I haven’t sent you all Christmas cards, even though you are great friends… Because […]

Present tense


It’s too early to panic. I went to a large London department store at lunchtime yesterday to buy an iron. The shop was packed with lots of people queuing to pay for a couple of Christmas cards or a calendar. Thousands more were shuffling round the aisles with a hunted look in their eyes. They […]

Come on


By the time you read this the moment will have passed. I’m sorry. That never usually happens. But I’ve just found out that it’s Global Orgasm Day today. How was it for you? Apparently we live in a “vibrational world of moving energy”. If enough people experience strong feelings or emotions at the same time, […]

The headlong rush to Christmas has been stopped dead in its tracks, or rather slithered to an undignified halt, with a sudden bout of seasonal weather. It is just like the Christmas cards promised, but actually not quite what many people want on the last shopping weekend before Presents Day. I’m quite relaxed though. I […]



Did you know, in Norway, so I’ve heard, some people keep a tin of dog food in the car in case they get stranded in the snow and need something to eat? They know that it will always be there in an emergency because you will never eat dog food when you are just feeling […]

Softly falling


Snow falling in London is best enjoyed from a window. Preferably high up. At street level it is just wet and cold, but there is enchantment in watching snow falling against a backdrop of dark Victorian brickwork. The mood in the office changed the moment that someone glanced out of the window and said “Oh, […]