New Year: into the unknown…

I started this blog post exactly 293 days ago (apparently, thank you WordPress), but I couldn’t put it into words, which was not all that handy for a blog post… But I’ve long had a particular struggle with New Year. Aside from the overwhelming urge to go to sleep at round 11:14 (only 46 minutes to go…),  despite my usual bedtime being in the vicinity of 12pm anyway, the TV programming that is never entertaining enough for me, and the anti-climax at 12:11 once the fireworks are ended, there’s a key element I don’t like. ‘Ooh, what’s going to happen … Continue reading New Year: into the unknown…

Muppet Christmas Carol: the summer of the soul in December

I recently wrote for Threads on the times in your life when that summer of the soul is more like a storm and borrowed Helen Russell’s idea of ‘hygge’. This is a Danish concept that denotes a cosy environs of home, friends and family. To my mind a hygge space is dimly lit and warm. I would recommend Helen’s book for both learning more about Danish culture, and for laughter, it was an anthropological book that I couldn’t put down. The fact I’m inherently nosey and love to read about people probably helped. This cosy comfort can be an elusive … Continue reading Muppet Christmas Carol: the summer of the soul in December

Nativity: What I miss about the classroom at Christmas

I’m a little late to the Christmas party this year – my tree went up weeks into December and even a colleague who’s only known me a few months was astounded…I’ve not got a six-foot tree, it’s actually shorter than me this year. So over the next few days I’m going to share a few Christmas film reflections, now I’ve finally got time to watch them – I hope you enjoy! This year, classroomless, I subjected my colleagues to my Christmas vision. It involved Photoshopping, a lot of tinsel and lights, and resulted in two Christmas trees. I was ill … Continue reading Nativity: What I miss about the classroom at Christmas