Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot…

Well here we are on the last day of 2015. Very shortly, Julian Calendar’s latest offspring, who shall be nameth 2016, will make an appearance. It is anticipated, the announcement of the arrival will be made live on TV by Jools Holland, around midnight. I plan to toast the appearance of the offspring with a…

She’s Gonna Make You A Star

Yesterday I wrote of festivities at Chez Strachan on Christmas Day. I couldn’t share the taste of the turkey dinner or the mince pies via the medium of blogging. However, my narrative of around 800 words will have hopefully given a taste of my family’s experiences on this special day in the calendar. To avoid…

Are You Sure You Don’t Want A Clementine?!

It’s the 28th December. The Advent calendars are down, the turkey’s been consumed, the clementines (along with anything healthy) remain uneaten and the traditional photograph in the Christmas jumper has been taken. As the old saying goes it’s “all over bar the shouting”. I’m not sure when the shouting will take place, however I suspect…

Inspiral Carpets Boxing Day Sale – Open 8.30

I ventured out to see Inspiral Carpets and Shed Seven yesterday evening. For those who haven’t heard of them, I hadn’t been granted exclusive access to Boxing Day sales adverts for companies selling flooring and garden storage units. No, I’m relating to around three hours watching two 1990’s Indie bands at the O2 Academy, in…

That’s Another Fine Mess You Got Me Into!

Yesterday, I had a conversation with an old acquaintance about Christmas gifts. It wasn’t a long conversation, more me asking him “Where the chuff’s my Christmas present?!” Knowing I was joking he laughed and the conversation moved on. He confided in me he’d just undergone a minor hospital procedure to remove something on his head….

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Well we are into Christmas week. Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost’s nipping at my nose and Yuletide songs are being sung by a choir. Well that’s not strictly true. They weren’t actually chestnuts roasting, it was a different kind of nuts after I stood too close to the open flames. Additionally,…

Two Songs Don’t Make A Wright!

Yesterday evening I was at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, taking in a gig by a guy named Tony Wright. For those who don’t know him, he was the front man of the band Terrorvision. ……… Even if you do know him he was still the front man of the band Terrorvision. It was…

Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic!

Today is Panic Saturday! Apparently, it is the name that has been bestowed upon the last Saturday before Christmas Day. I’m not sure why we in the UK have started titling certain days of the year in this way. Up until a year or two back,  I’d never heard of ‘Black Friday’, ‘Panic Saturday’, ‘Cyber…

The Legacy Of A Grocer’s Daughter

I was sad to read that Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire closes today. As a result, the 18th December 2015 will be known historically as the end of deep coal mining in Britain. My first job as a 16 year old was for the National Coal Board (latterly British Coal) at their North East area head…