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Boxing Day. Named because of… er… the empty boxes of … stuff.. or something.

I dunno.

I’ve eaten too much, drank… enough, and now that we are back home I’m nicely chilled out and ready for a curry and a movie. I’ve even put my new slippers on.

Christmas Day was a good one, good presents, good food and great company. Can’t ask for much more really (well, you can but that’d be greedy). We ended up with the usual Trivial Pursuit (with the ‘boys’ reigning supreme!) before firing up the Wii and playing silly games until the wee hours.

This morning I had my traditional breakfast, finishing off the trifle, and having left my parents late morning, we dropped in to see my Gran, who was very happy with her present; Violet, her new (sponsored) Orangutan. She (my Gran, not Violet the Orangutan) also had a good day, once again having a wee Drambuie to herself (from the bottle, through a straw…).

In fact one of the the only downsides came when, on the way home, the car decide it was broken so, after consulting the manual, it was a slow careful drive home and I’ll take it down to the garage tomorrow. Such is life.

Until then the curry is ordered, there is a cold beer gathering condensation as I type and it’s either Wall-E, Cars, The Shawshank Redemption, or the GodFather Trilogy.

Hope your Christmas Day was as good, and I’m sure you were all good girls and boys and got lots of fabby presents. Right?


Blimey, the days just flash past at this time of year, don’t they. So, a quick recap before I head off to… er… lie on the couch or something…

Christmas Eve was fairly relaxed. We finished packing bags, double-checked we had all the gifts we should, and settled down to watch the Muppets Christmas Carol. It’s a tradition that still manages to bring a warming tear to my cynical eye. Oh yes.

Christmas Day was pretty damn good. Despite the fact my sore throat was blossoming into some rather disgustingly coloured phlegm, we ate like kings at my sister-in-laws house, even pausing between starter (prawn cocktail of course) and main course to chew on some Wild Hibiscus. Quite tasty. We is posh us. As usual we ended up eating too much, and as it was a while before we managed some pudding, so it was a while before Louise and I realised that we’d forgotten to bring the roulade with us!

Still, Louise had made creme caramel, using her Mum’s recipe and the same bowl that was always used. A nice touch on a family day. We spoke to my father-in-law who seemed quite ‘merry’, and had a call from our nephew, somewhere in the mid-Atlantic. After that we cleared the tables, and got the games out. Specifically the Nintendo Wii the kids had been given from Santa!

I have to admit that my brother-in-law and I had a hard time giving up the controller, it’s so much fun! In fact I’m seriously considering just selling my Xbox 360 the minute it arrives (first week in January) and getting hold of one myself.

After that we headed to my parents, some pills for me, a few drinks for everyone else and a never-ending game of Trivial Pursuit (the boys won). All of a sudden it’s midnight and the day is over.

Boxing Day was a bit of a washout as I really wasn’t up to much. So we came home in the morning, and vegged out for the rest of the day.

Present wise I got a tripod and a new lens for my camera, an electric shaver, some books, aftershave, a magazine subscription, t-shirt, books, headphones, and … some other things that I can’t recall but it was ALL good! Yes it seems that I was definitely a good boy this year.


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Weekend Inspiration
Saturday we ventured through to see the families and drop off an HTML book to my nephew (15yrs old and I just KNOW he’ll be coding like a pro in about.. ohh 2 weeks?). Ended up staying at my parents for dinner, having a few Guinness and a game of Trivial Pursuit. Now I’m at pains to go into my great idea here, as I’m not sure how popular Trivial Pursuit is these days but… ahh hang, it’s not like I’ve got the time to do it so… well… it’s kinda simple… in fact I’m thinking I should really check and see if someone has already done something like this already…

A Trivial Pursuit companion book.

For example, you get questions like: Who was second in the 1972 … race.. ? After much mulling, considering, scratching of collective heads you admit defeat and the answer is given to you (usually in that slightly sarcastic way that implies – what? you mean you didn’t know THAT? ohh I thought everyone knew THAT… I digress).
So you got the question wrong, but you’re an intelligent adult and your mind kicks over and you think.. “well if that person was second… who won?”.
So you ask the assorted peoples and none of them know… enter “The Trivial Pursuit Companion”. Find the question and learn some additional facts..

Q: What is banana oil made from?
A: Coal.
Trivial Pursuit companion says: Banana oil is actually a mixture of amyl acetate, which has a banana-like odor, and nitrocellulose.

Whaddya think? Is it a go-er? Or is the influence of a couple of glasses of wine and 3 or 4 Guinness evident?

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