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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

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The festive or festering season is upon us, depending on your point of view...  Every year I say I will be a bit more organised and every year I'm not.  Wild horses could not drag me to Oxford Street and I am bored with mince pies already. Woe betide anyone in our office who mentions Christmas in October .  I tend to grump and moan my way through November but any day now something magic kicks it and even though I am not religious, I get it!  This weekend I will put up a tree and some decorations and throw a duck in the oven and open some bubbily come Christmas Day for my wee family.  Good health and good cheer, everybody ... :)

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Sounds like a plan, harper. We have such a large family that the house is already snowed under with present wrapping paraphernalia and the diary is fast filling up.  However, this year I also have an important birthday so Jim and I will have a couple of days away before Christmas. We're going to St Andrews. So I'm looking forward to that.

Tidings of comfort and joy, folks. :-)

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I was in George Square yesterday and Glasgow is looking very christmassy. I will not be going away this year but I will have a long break right into January so will see a lot of my family and my friends.  Happy Christmas.

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A 'hello' to everyone from south of the border and yes, everything is looking very Christmassy where I am. Manchester is crammed full of Christmas market stalls which are spread across the city centre. I was also in Bath a week or so ago - a beautiful and interesting city - and enjoyed being among the lights and their Christmas market. I hope everyone is well and I can see some very familiar names so a special 'Merry Christmas' to you.

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Got Hollowhorn on my mind this morning after watching No Direction Home last night on BBC4.   ... Jigging round my kitchen to The Travelling Wilbury's this morning, thanks to H. "Sadly, gone but not forgotten" - such a cliche but so true. 859.gif

 

Happy Christmas to you and yours, Glads...  I love Bath, especially when the river swells.  I've still to discover Manchester:)

 

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I've still to discover Manchester and Bath but lovely to hear from you, Gladtae. Hope you have a very happy Christmas. :-)

I'm going to have a peep at George Square today as going down to GOMA for the International Human Rights Day Disco.

Love the T. Wilburys, harper.  Hollowhorn will be much missed this Christmas.

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Too many good people have passed this year; friends, family, internet buddies and icons. 

I struggle for energy at this time of year.  I seem to run out of steam by November...  I am off to the ballet on the 22nd and the rugby on January 1st and that's my socialising done.  I refuse to do Christmas parties.  Jings, I am a socialable introvert - and that doesn't change just because it's Christmas.  I leave that stuff to the extroverts. :D

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The celebrtions begin – off to see The Commitments tonight and had a lovely afternoon at Creative Converstions, University of Glasgow. This week I have dates at Eusebi's, Kelvingrove and my pal's house. :-)

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Went along with friends for lunch in Kelvingrove. We chatted about the poor people in Aleppo, the job centres being closed in Glasgow, people who'd been sanctioned and all sorts of similar cheery stuff. We didn't mention Trump though.

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12 hours ago, tamd said:

Was George Harrison not a member of the Willburys....

Yes he was. I would have loved to have hung out with them Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty – I'm missing someone?

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The old who would you love to invite to a dinner party?

 

5 favourites - Sophia Loren, Humphrey Bogart, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and James Maxton

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Jeff Lynne was part of the group and I had never heard of him.....just saw another damned mouse, a month since I saw one and no droppings which means I might just be getting one at a time....

Is that list of five favourites from all walks of life....if I were to pick one favourite black person who tried to make a difference it would have to be Paul Robeson, third black man to graduate from Rutgers, magna laude which is pretty near the top, came home from a singing engagement in Russia, made speeches all over the place until the US State Department rovoked his passport....Sophia as a beautiful woman and a good actress but, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Judy Dench, Helen Mirren and a few others....would love to have met George Bernard Shaw....and Frankie Laine was my favourite singer....must be away off topic, don't remember what it was/is

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Glenda Jackson, Billy Connolly, Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle and Michelle Obama.  Some class and some laughs.

 

I had a practice run at Christmas tonight turkey, gravy, roast totties, brussels – munched my way through Strictly. Braw.

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I'd quite like to go to CL's. Would be a laugh for sure. I'd like to have GaGa and my niece Lauren, because she loves GaGa, Usain Bolt, Nelson Mandela and Jack Savoretti (to provide the entertainment). :)

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if Usain was willing to bring the food in to the table, you'd be guaranteed it would still be warm :-) 

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Curried goat might be a good choice. Mohammed Ali would be a good guest as well. I would invite Rabbie Burns as well and maybe Flora MacDonald or would that be a better choice for Hogamanay? Santa would be good as well.

I am cooking a goose this year.

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Sounds like a plan, rory. I sidestepped the festive stuff to celebrate my seventieth birthday today.
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Thanks, guys. Off to St Andrews for a couple of days. :-)

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Off for the hols.... wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, when it comes.

In 2017, I hope everyone is able to have what they need and be happy with less than they want. - Schopenhauer, terribly misquoted, I think :P

 

 

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Happy Christmas. Surely 2017 will be better than 2016. But boy are we lucky when you see people in other places. Be glad for what you've got, folks. :-)

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