Archive for December 2011

Panto Palpitations

  So here we go. After more than a year of thinking about it, talking about it, and stitching on sequins for it, we’re less than two weeks from Curtain Up. Sleeping Beauty opens on January 12th at the Teatro Avogaria in Venice. The director tells me he’s not sleeping well. I know exactly why.  No…

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Trainer Wars

   These are the new Nike trainers Americans recently queued to buy. The lines started forming soon after midnight, some stores had their doors ripped off their hinges and, inevitably, when the starting gun was fired, those who were a little slow off the mark got trampled under foot. As far as I’ve been able to…

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A Whiff of Panic

Feelings were definitely running high at the supermarket this morning. White-knuckled women, over-filled trolleys, a gap in the shelf where the Heat’n’Serve Mulled Wine should be. And it’s only December 22nd. But as one of those fortunate people who will be someone else’s guest on Christmas Day, I’m outta there. Which is not to say all is calm and…

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The C Word

 We’re doing pretty well for cards so far. Only one ‘Holiday Greetings’ and one ‘Happy Hogmanay’. Baby Jesus is otherwise prominently in evidence. It’s going to be interesting to see whether the next generation are getting the message. Our grandson Alex is in Year 2 of a church school so he should know his Magi from…

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Itineris Interruptus

Here’s a nice little story that illustrates what happens if you overburden a population with regulations. Eventually the spiritless majority will jump off a cliff if required to do so. But a few will refuse. There will always, thank God, be a few. This incident took place on an evening commuter train in Scotland a few days ago. There was a…

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Pygmy Watch

   Nick Clegg, who is apparently ‘jolly cross’ that David Cameron made his firm stand against Sark and Merk without a final, ‘just-checking’ phone call to him, has emerged from his bunker long enough to make a statement to the press. What he fears, he said, is that if Britain leaves the EU, she will become a…

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Find of the Week

This is is Stephanie Blythe, of whom more in a minute. First my Sunday afternoon trawl through the week’s idiocies. Well, there was the public sector strike that turned into an extra shopping opportunity and an easy day to fly into Heathrow. I noticed a lot of PCS banners in the news reports. Many years ago I was briefly a…

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