Monthly Archive: December 2019

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Joyeux Noël

Can a Boatwif report on a totally boat-free trip…? It had been the idea of Godmanchester Friend 2. “Lille,” he’d suggested back in October. “For the Christmas Market…?” Failing to find any serious objection to a fun-sounding plan the Captain and Boatwif agreed. As the designated day drew nearer unforeseen aspects became apparent. The 1104 Eurostar train from St Pancras (such a civilised time) would require a very early start. True, there is little daylight in mid-December but to leave...

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Bands, bells and the elf on a shelf…

On the morning of December 1st Charlie was spotted  – he’d arrived overnight from the North Pole. Charlie is an elf, his role being to monitor children’s behaviour (US: behavior) during the day and to report back to Santa overnight. The elf’s job then is to return to the child’s house by morning, hiding in a different place, from where he can continue his observations.  His report on whether behaviour has been naughty or nice will make a critical difference...

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Are you SURE you want to do this?

Thanksgiving in Southern California was marked by rain, rain and more rain, by the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, televised across the nation from New York,        and then by a blow-out lunch. Gradually the rain lightened to short, sharp showers. By the afternoon of Black Friday pent-up energy needed to be spent… “Are you SURE you want to do this?” Cal Son asked as he outlined the options. “Peace and quiet at home for a couple of hours...