Sham Christmas Goodwill

A Christmas Carol (1982 film)
A Christmas Carol (1982 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Charles Dickens, a former resident of Lant Street.
Charles Dickens, a former resident of Lant Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After the late night movieBabel” on Malaysia’s NTV7 which ended around 2am, I accidentally flicked to TV3. It’s amazing how inverted priorities are in this country. It was quarter way into a children’s animation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. At 2.30 in the morning? Which child would be awake at this hour, except for those like me. Continue reading “Sham Christmas Goodwill”

Yuletide Coming In

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Dublin Bay

It’s like standing on a windy beach watching the tide come in. At last I went away again on a long break in October, to the fair merry city of Dublin in Eire (Ireland). I always find myself standing on a seafront or beach looking in wonder at the vast expanse of blue-grey or turquoise ocean. It is easy to lose myself in revelry and nostalgia of other similar occasions on wind-swept beaches in other places washed by the same salty waves which lap or crash on shores of colored pebbles, black, white or red sand, plain granite boulders or rocks painted black by the tide. A year is like the sea. Continue reading “Yuletide Coming In”

Sorry for the Silence

Dear Readers,

I realized that I’ve kept you waiting too long over the Holiday Season and am very sorry. Some of you may have waited eagerly and were disappointed with my lack of response. Continue reading “Sorry for the Silence”

Spare Them a Thought, It’s Christmas!

Warrington, Cheshire, England, two weeks before Christmas 1993. It is the usual awful buying frenzy that dogs every Christmas. Crowds of shoppers rushing around in the town square, dashing into Boots, Marks & Spencers, Littlewoods, C&A, WH Smith etc. Jon and I are caught up in this commercial frenzy and even have to fight off other shoppers grabbing stuff on the shelves in the middle-end high street shops. Imagine this is Christmas! Continue reading “Spare Them a Thought, It’s Christmas!”