Archive for December, 2006

It’s Christmas

Monday, December 25th, 2006

As anti-commercial whingers tend to remark, Christmas is starting earlier every year. And I have no reason to disagree, as it seemed this year to have ended by the 7th of December, when I sat down to Christmas dinner for the second and final time that week. In fact, as I’ve spent the rest of the month slogging through overcrowded shopping centres, and watching ancient repeats on TV, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas is actually dragging on a bit.

But don’t let such contrivedly-symmetric Scroogery get you down! It’s Christmas Day, and wherever you are, I hope you have a great day.

PS. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get some slush at the New Year.

My Year in Cities, 2006

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

I remember, last year, seeing Jason Kottke’s digest of 2005 in terms of the cities that he had visited. “What a nifty idea,” I thought, and contemplated doing the same. That was before I realised it would be a four-item set, comprising {Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Culrain}, all in Scotland. Although, in retrospect, perhaps 2004 was even duller, comprising {Glasgow, Guildford, Crawley}.


Gael Force Winds

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Many years ago, it would have been inconceivable for me to say, “It’s good to be back in England.” However, as I stood today, 27 miles south of Durham in the city’s eponymous international airport, this sentiment was first among my thoughts.