Wait until next year

Putting off what could be done tomorrow, today

Advent Calendar 2016: Day Three

An early morning trip to a local shopping centre. The decorations gave away Christmas is on its way, but the lack of bustling shoppers made for a strange experience. It was hard to tell if we’re still in the Christmas shopping phoney war, or if everyone was shopping elsewhere, or if they were just having another half hour in bed.

Advent Calender 2016: Day Two

Christmas trees in van

On my lunchtime walk I came across two guys delivering Christmas trees. One was having a fag and drew attention to the whole enterprise by wearing a kilt and branded fleece. I guess he was the face of the operation. The other was sorting through the trees, getting the right one out. He wasn’t wearing a kilt. They have obviously discovered their niche. I wondered if they were Christmas tree growers all year, preparing for the big rush in December, or if they did something else from January to November before joining in the festive commerce. Either way I guess this sort of thing is big business now. It isn’t enough for a workplace to just send someone out to buy a tree and some decorations. It is now a professional enterprise.

The Beer Dinner

Beer drawing

Stan Hieronymus is hosting this month’s Session, asking bloggers:

If you could invite four people dead or alive to a beer dinner who would they be? What four beers would you serve? Read the rest of this entry »

Advent Calendar 2016: Day One

Christmas tree in square

A Christmas tree sat in one of those weird public private spaces. Or are they private public spaces? The sort of place you can wander into, but is essentially private land. It often replicates public space, is a square, or an avenue, or similar, but is in fact owned by someone. And that someone can ask you to leave at any time. It is only public on their terms, for as long as they want, and for whom they choose. The security guards are discreet, but ever-present. The even more discreet signs convey your rights, or lack thereof, within the space. By entering the space you agree to being stopped and searched etc etc. I wondered if someone would stop me taking the photo. I moved on before they had the chance.

The price of a pint

Beer cans on bar

The latest edition of monthly beer blogging activity The Session asks bloggers to “capture ONE thing you think we will see MORE of with an explanation of the idea.” Here are my brief thoughts on a Beer Future. Read the rest of this entry »