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It’s beginning to feel it’s NOT like Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS 2020 ON THE M62 SERVICES: an exchange of presents is taking place in the rain, bags being moved between cars. A grandfather stoops into...

I wish you all a happy distanced Covid Christmas Day!

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So this Covid Christmas is all about contradictions. Government says we may get together (up to three households), but advises that we shouldn't. After our...

Well, well! Wellness trumps dry January

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You’ve heard and read all the usual advice on detoxing after the Christmas binge. You may have decided to go dry for the month:...

New Year humbug? ‘Tis the season to be grumpy!

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‘Tis the season to be grumpy. No, really. Ever since Charles Dickens invented the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, we’ve delighted in repeating his catchphrase,...

Thank you for the music

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Thank you for the music. No, this is not a tribute to the Abba song: but the infinitely superior possible title for this piece...

Bah! Humbug! Leave that cellphone at home, Santa. . .

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I AM OFTEN HEARD muttering “Bah! Humbug!” at this time of year. To say I find Christmas quite difficult is an understatement: I once...

Christmas is coming: well, sort of

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Christmas is coming: of that there is no doubt. But for any Poms finding themselves Down Under for Christmas, as we Traffords are, it...

YOU DECIDE: SHOULD THE BELLS RING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS?

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AN ugly internal dispute between bell-ringers and clergy means that York Minster's famous bells will fall silent on Christmas Day for the first time...