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Christmas – 2017

christmas-claus-cute-gift-41665 Christmas is just around the corner. And once again it is a strange holiday because it seems to have the ability to sneak up on you despite the fact that it is in the same place each yeah.

I think I am as ready as I will ever be for Christmas. I enjoy family time, the giving and receiving of gifts, but the enforced jollity is not for me. To quote Mr Worf. ‘I am not a merry man.’

So I hope you enjoy your Christmas, Hanukkah, or wherever else you may be celebrating. And Happy new year to you all too.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


The picture here is from: https://www.pexels.com/


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Sorry Enya fans this post has nothing to do with her. In case that is why you are here I’ll just post this:

No I am talking about a different Orinoco: 20170826_214306 This is from the Eaglemoss the Official Star Trek starships collection. I have been cherry picking these for a while and have finally got this beautiful runabout.

The runabouts were a wonderful idea. Like a shuttle but they certainly pack a bigger punch and actually seem to have an airlock – unlike the silly shuttles used in TNG.

Having this model allows me to tell you a little story. A poorly timed story but who’s counting?

I don’t remember how old I was when I stopped believing in Father Christmas. But this little ship might have been something to do with it. I have the vague recollection of asking for one for Christmas once – not a model an actual ship!

I have no idea what five or six year old me was planning to do with such a well armed vessel but there it is.

I do remember often asking for impossible presents from Father Christmas. It was my thinking that he was magical. He didn’t need to go down to Toys’R’Us did he?

It was all rather wonderful to be a child and believe in magic. I look forward to those days with my nephew.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


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Christmas is less than four weeks away. It is time to start panicking.

Well panicking is optional but it does seem to be a fairly typical response to the forthcoming season. It is the season of goodwill – or the season to fight people to get a cheap TV. If you don’t know to what that refers just try googling for black Friday and Tesco.

I went into town today and picked up a few things. Actually I only got a present for one person and somethings for myself – so I suppose I rather failed at that. I have bought something else on line though.

For obvious reasons I can’t tell you what I’ve bought. Amazon seemed to have missed that and still suggests that you tweet about purchases – or am I the only one who’s parents might see his Twitter.

I think that I’ve only got two or three presents left to get. Some people are very had to buy for. Hell I’m hard to buy for. I have most of what I want and what I don’t have is expensive.

I received excellent customer service in the shop I went into today. Again I can’t tell you where that was… maybe I didn’t think this through.

I hope you’re doing well with your Christmas shopping.

Why does Christmas always seem to be far away and a shock all at the same time?

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When I was young it seemed that ( life was so wonderful) birthdays took so long to arrive. I was thinking about them a good month in advance.

Today is my 26th birthday. Now it seems birthdays have become stealthy. In someways its nice to be relaxed about the whole thing. These days, in terms of presents, the things I want are either practical or expensive, and sometimes both.

Christmas too can now arrive in its own time. I’m no longer counting down the days and jumping around with excitement. It arrives in its own time and is still fun. Last year it was about two weeks in to December before I really realised how close it was getting.

The one thing is though that now it feels like the magic is gone. Perhaps that is one reason to have children to rekindle that fire of excitement.

To quote Babylon 5: ‘Now we make our own magic. Now we create our own legends. Now we build the future. Now we stop being afraid of shadows.” (Babylon 5: Into the Fire)

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