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Molly the Editorial Assistant Kitty is ready for Christmas. She's sitting on the organ, hoping the Editor will leave it alone. For a couple of weeks now, the Post Office kittehs have been giving me the stink eye, due to overindulgence in organ practice. Lola the Doglet wants to go for a walk the minute she hears that Leslie speaker start up. We think it's the Bagpipe Effect. One reason for the practice is the upcoming Christmas carol party at our house. There will be cider, snacks, and lots of music. Organ and piano duets are planned, and the youngest Hoggett has promised to bring his tuba. . . Don't you make lots of music during the holidays? Or at least sing the traditional 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer'?
FWR assures me this photo represents a holiday tradition at his house. He adds, 'We did have a rather cool golden duck in sunglasses but I think the dog ate him.' Chacun à son goût, as Superfrenchie says. I know a fella who grew up in Nebraska who claimed it wasn't a real crêche without dinosaurs. He grew up in a small town with rather unusual public art, and Christmas just wasn't the same without a T Rex looming over the manger.
Whatever you do this month, whether it's traditional or something you just thought up right this minute, please enjoy it from your hearts. Share in the gaiety, as and when you can, and no matter how grumpy the cold and snow and computer glitches make you, take a mental step back and think, It could be worse. There could be a centipede in my manger scene.
Have a great week, and stay warm!
Breaking Newsflash from the Isle of Wight! And now, for a word on the UK's favourite subject, weather, here's Bluebottle:
Driving Snow:They've been reporting that snow has been affecting the UK 'countrywide', with 'countrywide' meaning as it usually does 'London and the North' (unlike ‘National’, which just means ‘London’). Obviously it didn't snow on the Isle of Wight or where I work in Southampton so I had been saying that we didn't have any snow at all. However I must admit I now have to eat my words and take that back, as technically we did have some snow.
Obviously it hadn't fallen anywhere nearby, but the snow had settled on a freight train from up north somewhere that passed through Southampton taking cars on their journey to the docks for export overseas. But it still counts – it is real, genuine snow. So please see an exclusive photo of all the snow to have affected Southampton in the last week.
It's the most snow I've seen in years.
Thank you so much. Go ahead, rub it in. The photo on the right shows the view out the Post Office window yesterday. It hasn't stopped snowing since then.
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NASA and the Killer Robots.
Top Chef, 1851.
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