Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lonely this Christmas

This will be my first Christmas in London (well, someone has to bagpipe FACT into NEWS, don't they?) and it's pretty eerie so far.

At the risk of sounding like a right old Scrooge, I dislike Christmas, for the same reason that I dislike Bank Holidays and Saturdays. It gets in the way. And although the British have many admirable qualities, being good at holidays is not one of them. We lapse into endless hand-wringing over the weather and the traffic and the fact there's nothing left in the supermarket. The French, by contrast, just agree that half the country will take July off, and the other half will wait until August.

Anyway, if I have to work this Christmas, I take exception to the fact that everything else stops.

Still, the fact that everyone else has gone home gives me the chance to watch hour upon hour of American drama... and start reading my early Christmas present, the Heston Blumenthal book.

4 Comments:

Blogger klank said...

gives me the chance to watch hour upon hour of American drama...

now thats what i call fun

12/25/2006 2:06 am  
Anonymous paul haine said...

Well if you weren't going anywhere over Christmas, why weren't you busy emailing me and keeping me entertained while I'm stuck in Somerset?

12/26/2006 11:01 pm  
Blogger andi said...

I think that if they weren't concerned about being labled 'scrooge' more people would express these views; I think that were he around today Scrooge would be doing very well on 'grumpy old men' with Will Self (no offence to Mr Self intended of course, I'm sure he adores Christmas).

My biggest source of amazement is the panic buying of food, for heaven's sake our local Tesco is only closed for two days, it's not like we're about to be besieged for millenia

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