January 4th

Don't worry, I'll get bored of this soon, or start drowning in other work, but so far today I have written an AimHigher session, finished an exam paper, rang the tax office (one of those calls which has moved daily across Outlook), chased up an insurance claim, taken delivery of a (very powerful, especially when braking) hire car and sent my little car off to be repaired (my neighbour drove into it taking out the…

(Slightly belated) Happy Christmas 2009… but on time for Happy New Year 2010!

After taking 15hours to move about 4 miles along the M20 in Dover, finally made it to Lauterbrunnen where I've been cooking for 50 people all week (along with John P, who is in charge!). Christmas Eve was my day for skiing - didn't quite work, so just enjoyed the train ride/apple fritters in Brandegg on Christmas Day, before we came back and cooked up a storm... Heading back into the UK 27/28 December, so…

Panto: The Three Musketeers

Tonight, for a little bit of time out from the everyday attachment to my computer, I went to NWCC's annual pantomime, written, directed and front-performed by David Simpkin (currently studying at the University of Winchester for an MPhil/PhD entitled "'An analysis of the ways in which amateur pantomime in performance relates to the community for which it is performed, with particular emphasis on the ways in which the creative and rehearsal process affect the intended…

Politically Correct Christmas

Councils are turning into politically correct Scrooges... so the celebration of Halloween, etc. is to be encouraged, as are celebrations of other religions (e.g. Diwali, Eid, etc.), but not Christmas. As a Christian I don't mind that other religions continue their traditions, and find it offensive that they are required to stop events that are part of their tradition. Christmas is nothing without Christ, so let's just scrap it all together (but then we'd have…

Christmas Keep Calm and Carry On Style?!

I'm not sure that I'm bothering with Christmas Cards this year (I usually do an e-card, and then a handful of cards for people who are not online/who I won't see... otherwise where do you stop with the writing of cards - it just goes crazy). Christmas is about more than cards, food, etc. (30 seconds to explain what I believe), but I can recognise Christmas for many in these cards! Me... this Christmas I'll…