There are two elements that make this year’s Christmas chart battle particularly unusual. Firstly, the Christmas chart will be announced on the afternoon of Christmas Day itself, rather than on the Sunday before as is usually the case. This keeps the suspense going until the day of Christmas itself.
Secondly, the X Factor winner’s single, usually public enemy number one (and so often the number one) at Christmas, has effectively bombed. … More The Christmas Chart Race 2015
Staying in Reunion for Christmas had always been part of the plan; coming home would be too expensive and spending the festive period abroad would be an informative, strengthening and interesting experience. However, nothing prepared me for the profound sadness that hit me a couple of days before Christmas, when I remembered everything that I … More Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
So I’ve already been in Reunion for more than ten weeks, would you believe. Time flies. I can already tell that this December is going to be a December like no other. Decembers are meant to be grim, cold and frosty affairs; instead I’m living it under the tropical sun of Reunion. Spending Christmas here … More Elvis Presley and America
So I’m back in the English rain, in a nice, warm house up to its armpits in Christmas decorations, with my family and the dog and the Playstation 2 and Sky Sports and carpets and bean bags and hot cross buns and smoothie. My return home also meant that I could have my first pizza … More Return of the Pizza
Something to Talk About This week it was finally time for me to do my presentation in our Expression et Compréhension Orales class. By this point, I had seen many others go before me, with a variety of topics: Kurds and women’s rights in Kurdish society, Hungarian author Agota Kristof and living abroad, Tim Burton, … More Day 95: Presentation Time and Obscure British Overseas Territories
This morning I was totally oblivious until I opened my curtains to find some pretty impressive snow. I’ve got to say, now that it’s December, with this snow, and with Fairytale of New York and All I Want For Christmas already beginning their annual surge up the charts on iTunes, I’m starting to feel quite Christmassy!
Welcome to December I know it’s been a while since I last wrote but there we go. I’d rather write something slightly interesting every so often than write really boring stuff all the time. Anyway, it’s now December, would you believe, and this coming week will be our last week of classes for the year. … More Day 91: Pretty Good So Far