Beer and Carols last night was a fun event – a packed Western hosted a brass band and keyboard with kazoos, garglers and impromptu descants. Sadly we did not do my favourite carol which I reproduce below. Still it was a fun evening and I saw some people I hadn’t seen for a while. And so to bed…
But yesterday, since I’m not working this week, I did something different and seasonal. Some wise person on Facebook said that instead of having ‘to do’ lists we should all make ‘I did it’ lists – lists of things we’ve actually achieved rather than focussing on what remains to be done. I thought this was a brilliant idea and so I scanned this blog for things I’ve done so far this year. I’ve only got as far as August but here are some highlights:
Did ‘Sing for Water’
Picked blackberries and made wine
Published a short story
Performed poetry in loads of places
Published a poetry pamphlet
Did poems at Calligraphy group and craft group
And read, read, read – loads of stuff including Kathy Reichs, Andy McNab, Ian Rankin, Stella Rimmington, Hilary Mantel, JK Rowling and many, many more.
It would be good to have a complete list of books I’ve read this year but I don’t think they’re all on this blog, and though I used to keep a notebook with lists and comments on books I’d read, I don’t any more. Perhaps I should go back to that. At the moment I’m reading The Life of Pi.
I think it’s good but, to be honest, not THAT good – in fact I’m struggling to see why it won the Booker Prize. There is no comparison with, say, Hilary Mantel who is a genius and thoroughly deserves any prize she gets.
Pleb or not Pleb?
So, normally in these cases I have a reasonable idea of what to think. If there’s a dispute between the police and, say, CND demonstrators, I believe the demonstrators – usually because I’m one of them. If there’s a dispute between the police and football fans over what happened I’d be more inclined to believe the fans but I’d probably think there were faults on both sides. But when a police officer on duty outside Downing St says that a cabinet minister called him a pleb, I believe him. And now it turns out he might have made it all up.
I can’t stand this kind of thing. The thought of having to believe a Conservative Chief Whip‘s account of things is just utterly abhorrent to me…
So that’s it. I sold another 6 poetry pamphlets last night and have just a handful left. If you want one you’ll have to be quick or else get the e-version:
And finally, here is my favourite Christmas carol:
Oh hum, all ye faithful
Oh, hum all ye faithful
Doubtful and neglectful
Oh hum ye
Oh hum ye
the words ye do not know.
Hum and forget them
Christmas song and sentiments
And hum it very quietly
And hum it slightly louder
Now hum it out with gusto
The tune, the bit ye know.