A Cynical Shop Assistant’s Guide to Christmas Songs

One shop I work in has no Christmas music. This is a blessed relief, but does mean there’s no respite from the frankly odd year-long playlist. The other shop I work at has only two Christmas music CDs. Here are my responses to these tunes, which I’ve had rattling around my head since the start … Continue reading A Cynical Shop Assistant’s Guide to Christmas Songs

My Christmas Diary

Christmas Eve 8am – This is the earliest I’ve been up in a long time, even though my alarm goes off at 8 every day. That’s what shift work and winter darkness do to you. This morning, however, I have an incentive: it’s time for the traditional Wetherspoons breakfast with school friends. We started this … Continue reading My Christmas Diary

On 12 Books for Christmas (part 2)

Thus concludes my list of 12 books recommended for rather specific people. For the armchair survivalist – The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht If, like me, you grew up on a diet of adventure books, then you know how important it is to be prepared for that moment you are … Continue reading On 12 Books for Christmas (part 2)

On 12 Books for Christmas (part 1)

So Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and I have far too much wrapping, decorating and general sorting left to do. The heady optimism of having everything done soon after the switching on of the Christmas lights a few weeks ago has vanished thanks to general busy-ness and I’m at the stage I … Continue reading On 12 Books for Christmas (part 1)

On Festive Buildup

It’s less than five weeks till Christmas. Now that I’ve shocked you, I’ll say I’ve noticed that this week there’s been something festive in the air, and I’m not just talking about the various colds going around. It’s certainly got to me, and as the week’s worn on I’ve felt more and more Christmassy. Perhaps … Continue reading On Festive Buildup