December 20, 2013

Not a Yule Log

The trouble with coming in so late to an event such as this is it has mostly been said. We’ve heard the spectrum from bah humbuggers to deck the hallsers – though none were very rampant  – and have all … Continue reading

December 19, 2013


Posted by Donkey on behalf of KTD As a boy, I used to love Christmas. Particularly Christmas Eve. That was when the telly was best: Laurel and Hardy trying to get a piano up some steep steps, endless Disney cartoons. … Continue reading

December 18, 2013


Christmas has always revolved around three things in my family (by which I mean the family consisting of me, my parents and my brother – my other family (wife and son) are relatively (pun!) recent interlopers and so must fit … Continue reading

December 17, 2013

Curmudgeonly Christmas

Karen tweeted “… probably christmas grumpiness on Tuesday from @Gammidgy” It’s true, I am a miserable and cynical sod, and Christmas provides me with so many delicious reasons to rant and rave. So many tacky, expensive and ridulous Christmas traditions, … Continue reading

December 16, 2013

Make your own

‘Ssshhhhhhh, you’ll wake Mum and Dad’ My sister was born when I was 7 and a half years old – back then that half was very important – so as her big brother it was my duty to induct her … Continue reading

Gordon McLean
December 15, 2013

A Ghost of Christmas Past

“There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas” has always been untrue. Kilimanjaro has a year round white cap, the Atlas mountains get frequent dustings down to the village altitudes, and the Mountains of the Moon still have glaciers (just).

December 14, 2013

Midway Point

It’s the 14th, so we’re halfway through the runup to the Festering Season, and pretty much in the midst of the whole marketing frenzy. It’s started earlier this year – my local Tossco had Christmas cards on sale in September … Continue reading