SHIRLEY Capital of Poland
SHIRLEY No. Another city.
ME Gdansk... Katowice...Krakow...Lodz...Wroclaw...
SHIRLEY No. No. Where stag parties and hen parties go.
ME Oh. You mean Prague?
"Articulate" is a pretty good board game though it could lead to family rifts. Frances and Stew bought me it for Christmas. Even when I was carefully reading the rules out before we started, Mrs Pudding was grumbling, "Come on get on with it" and she was on my team!
Having an influential vegan in the house on Christmas Day has its downsides. For example - no knobs of butter on the vegetables or in the chestnut stuffing and rather than having simple sweet brussel sprouts they had to be sliced in two and tossed in red onion and soy sauce. Mmm... sometimes it is best to keep schtum. Ian had shredded jackfruit in place of roast turkey. It certainly has the texture of poultry.
|Ian's vegan Christmas dinner with jackfruit north west|
My toothache has not disappeared. It is still there but like a whipped dog that has been sent to his kennel, it has remained still grumbling but in abeyance. My dentist does not reopen until January 2nd though I could access the NHS emergency service if the dog comes out of its kennel again. Thanks to blog visitors who showed kind concern and an upright finger to those who didn't!
Frances and Stew headed down to London on Boxing Day morning to be with Stew's extended family for the last part of the festive season. However, his brother won't be there. He lives on a little island south of New Guinea. It's called Australia. Stew had a special Skype call with his brother on Christmas Eve and learnt that his sister-in-law is at last pregnant! Whoopee!
Ian caught a very early train down to Bristol this morning to spend thirty six hours with a Bristolian woman called Jo before she heads off to South East Asia. He seems to be sweet on her. They met a month ago when her Asian trip was already planned and paid for. Ian has even bought her mother a Christmas gift.
So that's it. Christmas is over for another year. The three wise men have headed back to the east and the devastated carcasses of two or three million turkeys sit under aluminium foil in kitchens throughout the land. What is there left to look forward to?
THE LAUGHING HORSE BLOG AWARDS!
To be announced on New Year's Eve.