Christmas Day 2012

Tuesday 25 December, 2012

And here we are again. A full Christmas day nearly over, thank the primordial atom. Did we all have a good, joyous day?

If you said yes, good for you.

If you said no, join me on the woe train. woowoo, chugga chugga!

I’ve decided on a new tactic this year. Instead of looking at it from the point of view of Ebenezer Scrooge and crapping on it, I’m going to revel in my anti-Christmas opinions and celebrate them instead. Optimism in misery  what do you think? Well, it worked for me today but I wouldn’t recommend it for the masses. To be quite honest, it’s exhausting. I’d rather just go back to ignoring Christmas and scowling at people who’ve dragged me into it. It was a lot easier, I think. If I remember correctly.

So, what did I do today, I hear you cry!

Well, I started the day off by chatting to my Good Friend in our annual Awkward Awkward Christmas Phone call  That makes it the fifth year on the go! I’ve never had traditions actually last that long, and this year I was quite pleasantly surprised to find him arrange the time before I could get around to it. Well, my plan was to wake up today, text him and ask him what time was best for him, but he beat me by about 12 hours. He’s a business man, so he’s very efficient. Also, very busy, so it was nice to be sandwiched in rather than forego this tradition!

Well, I call it a tradition. He possibly calls it his “annual conversation with a fast talking weirdo”.

Anyway, so then it was a fry up dinner, card/present swapping (very low key ones, but I’d still rather forego it all), geeking about on the computer, Christmas tea at just after 5 (which in my family consists of roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, carrot and turnip, cauliflower, sometimes broccoli but not tonight, and sprouts for anyone who likes them, and gravy on top.) followed by mince pies.

Home made mince pies and very nice ones, even if I do say so myself.

And the rest of the evening has been spent like every other Tuesday.

One day I will get everyone agreeing with me. We’ll sod the presents, and gather around in groups of people we mutually get along with, and play parlour games instead. It’d be a lot more interesting and fun than all the commercial stuff that happens today, I’m sure.

And as for what’s next on my agenda… Well, that’s where things have gone a bit pear shaped, isn’t it? I’ve come back and said twice now that things have made blogging here difficult and that it should all blow over soon and it’ll be back to normal next week! but both times I’ve disappeared back into the ether. But I’ve been quite sick since from the end of October and engaging my brain to get something near journalistic-levels (the very reason for this blog!) has just been too exhausting. when I’ve even had the chance to try.

But I do plan to get back on this roller-coaster in the new year, because it makes more sense to start a’new then than it does between now and then. Just keep watching this space. Once the whole Christmas rubbish is behind me, it’s back into the saddle and back to riding the failed pony express.

Regardless of your feelings on Christmas and the whole Yule period, I hope you were able to celebrate something today/this week/this month, and I hope you have a very good new year.


Unofficial Asexual Awareness Week 2012 – Part 4

Friday 26 October, 2012

So I know I’ve kept comparing this year to last year, to give a clearer idea as to what’s going on in the asexual community and how attitude shifts outside of it have affected the dynamics within, or maybe it’s the other way around. This last entry will be no different, except this time the topic is about me specifically.

When I first delved down this path, I was still struggling to get my head around it all. I had some idea I was asexual around 2007 thanks to that friend of a friend bringing it to my attention, but I never said anything. I kept the label tucked at the back of my mind. I found people aesthetically pleasing, I liked the idea of being in a relationship (as long as sex was not involved) but knew it was very unlikely that I’d be in one at that point, so there was no big reason to mention anything.

And even though I’d end up lurking on the AVEN forums every once in a blue moon, I knew what it meant for me and me only. I didn’t know the rest. I’d only really just started to learn all of that in early 2011 and even on my blog entries last year, I still had more to learn.

Well, a years gone on and I’m still no spokesperson, but I am more confident that I know what i’m talking about, especially when it comes to myself. I’m no longer afraid of being backed into a corner by someone asking questions and pointing out the variety, as if a different person’s answer to the question negates my own.

When I wrote the last entry, I’d only ever said to three people that I was asexual. As I’ve said before, it’s never a case of me coming out that’s important, it’s not the aim. Raising awareness so that other people know that Asexuality exists is the aim. Since my last entry, though, things have changed.

During the last Asexual Awareness Week, one of my friends saw my daily twitter posts about asexuality and without even addressing it, accepted that I was asexual. I wasn’t even aware he’d put two and two together, because I had used very impersonal language to raise asexual awareness. A few weeks later when he was talking about his relationship, he stopped talking and chastised himself for “making the asexual uncomfortable”.

Two months after Asexual Awareness Week, I redesigned the blog but I wanted opinions first before I finalised it. Despite me using a clone blog rather than redesigning and linking out the real one, my Good Friend remembered the Blogger address and checked up on that. He ended up reading all that I’d said about Asexual Awareness and about me being asexual. All in all, both very positive experiences with “coming out”, even though I didn’t really intend to.

This year I’ve mentioned a few times about being asexual in various corners of the internet, so more people do know that I am asexual. But these aren’t people in my “in person” life. I tend to keep groups of people separated, because I don’t have much experiences with worlds colliding like that, so although two very dear friends of mine particularly did know, the rest didn’t. Until yesterday.

I did the twitter/facebook posts again and again stuck to impersonal language, but my friends are apparently more intelligent than I give them credit for. It took just one person to comment on me being asexual for others to follow suit, including the friend whose friend it was that first introduced the concept of Asexuality to me.

I have effectively outed myself to all of my friends, and although it wasn’t intentional, although I felt very awkward and wanted to hide under my covers until they all went away… there was not one single negative comment.

There were questions. Of course there were. I was even geared up to answering these questions, in an impersonal way, but they were directed towards to me and my experiences. Nothing too personal, nothing to the degree I’ve seen. Just along the lines of “and what does that mean to you?” which was nice. It allowed me to talk of my own experiences and throw in how another asexual might answer that question without feeling attacked. A bit under scrutiny, but not attacked.

After seeing a year of the asexual community change, after witnessing more and more ignorant comments be thrown at the asexual community as visibility has increased, after being made to feel like we, on a whole, are making a bigger issue out of it than it needs to be, I needed a good positive experience like that. It did make it feel like a non-issue, but due to the fact that it was accepted, not because others were telling me that my experiences, my opinions, my own feelings on how I identify are incorrect due to their experiences being different.

So yes, I am asexual. It is not an orientation that negates your orientation. What asexuality means to me does not negate what another asexual might feel or do in regards to their relationship, and vice versa.

If somebody can’t accept that, then the problem lies within them.

This has been the last entry of The Unofficial Asexual Awareness Week 2012. Comments are welcome and encouraged!

-AFJ-


How To Get The Best Out Of Your LoveFilm Experience – Take 2

Thursday 29 December, 2011

I originally wrote an entry about how you can Maximise Your LoveFilm Experience back in September, with the idea of writing a second entry to expand on what I’d said at a later date, but a couple of months after I wrote that entry, LoveFilm changed things around a bit and made some of what I said retroactively inaccurate and pointless. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to combine the expansion with an updated, currently more relevant, improved version of the previous entry

(You don’t need to read the old entry, I’ll be repeating the still accurate and relevant details here, probably word for word.)

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The original entry was brought to you by my Good Friend pointing out that my assisting him with his LoveFilming should be turned into a blog entry.

So here we are!

I am a LoveFilm user. I’ve been a member since August 2010, courtesy of my aforementioned Good Friend, who has been a member for at least two years before me. Which is why it was quite surprising for me to be giving him pointers on Maximising The Experience and not the other way around.

First of all, you need to be a proper DVD/Game buff to get your moneys worth. As advertised, you can get a basic service for the minimum of £4.99, but that only allows you to get one DVD at a time and a limit of two DVDs a month, and there’s No Online Viewing Time at all. The more up the price ladder you go, the service vs money spent evens out for you. Think of your average price of a Movie or a Boxset, plus P+P, and then compare it to the subscription fee. If you’re looking to get the latest releases but run the risk of your list always being at 10 Titles or less, this service won’t be for you. There is also an issue of Copyright/Renting Laws that I won’t go in to right now.

The service I originally signed up for was the Full Whack one costing £16.99 a month. I could have 3 DVDs out at a time, and an Unlimited amount of them per month. That service also gave me an Unlimited Online Viewing and access to many free films to watch Online.

With the other, lesser packages, you get a limit on the amount of films (and games) you have out at a time, and a maximum amount of films/games you can have per month. You also have access to less free films on the Online Viewing service, as well as a maximum time limit, measured by Minutes, to watch a film online. A bit like a PAYG Phone Tarriff.

The service I have now, I believe, is the Full Whack One +Loyalty Extras. All parts of the Full Whack Services apply, but with what I’ve come to believe is a Loyalty Extras Scheme, I can have Four Discs out at a time instead of the standard three. This means I can now get through a maximum of 12 Discs a week if the Returns/Sending Out system and Postal Service runs smoothly.

I will talk about what could happen when these doesn’t work smoothly a little bit later.

There’s not really a downside to being a part of the Loyalty Scheme, if infact that is what it is, but I have noticed that those who now have four discs instead of three are no longer entitled to Free Extra Disc Tokens. These are things that are part of LoveFilms FilmExtra scheme, which I’ll go into a bit later.

Due to the fact that I’m just a film buff and not much of a console gamer, I won’t be going into the Games side of it. With me never using those services, I don’t have experience with them, or any reason to look into them, to have any opinions or suggestions. All I can say about it is that, for anyone as out of the loop as I am, you can rent games from them for the following consoles: PS3, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, DS, and Gamecube. For further information, you will have to google it.

So, now we’ve established what account makes the service worth it and the best kind of customer for such a service, lets move on to the service itself.

There is no point filling your list with films you don’t want to see or be sent just for the sake of buffing up your title list so that you’re not sent annoying messages telling you that your list is low. That is why you need to be quite the TV/Movie fanatic. Prioritising does work, but it’s not perfect. To date. I’ve only ever been sent “low” priorities three times, but it can and does happen without the influencing circumstances that befell me:

Once was when I had a short list of about 15 Titles and most of them were either “Short Wait” or “Long Wait”, the second time was when I’d entered a competition. (I will talk about Competitions a bit later). The third time was recently, just before Christmas. I had a Total of five titles on my High Priorities and the rest on medium or low. In the “low” priority list was a Christmas film. The only Christmas-related film on my list. I’m thinking that they had a system where Christmas films were sent out, regardless of priority, to watch at the appropriate time of around Christmas.

Unfortunately for them, or maybe just me, I had no intention of watching that film at or around Christmas Time and was waiting for a less-appropriate time in the future to watch it. I’ll consider it a lesson learnt.

Which brings me on to my next point. To make sure you can influence the discs LoveFilm send you so much so that you’re mostly in control of what you get, use Lists wisely. Separate different Genres/Themes/Mediums if need be and then prioritise within those Lists.

For example, I’ve made sure all films are in a Films List, and the ones that I really want to see as soon as possible are Maximum Priority. I have a Selected Television Series list so that I can make my way through a TV Series one by one. Sequels to Films and other Television series waiting to be watched after the current one are in a “To Be Organised” list. I also have a Documentaries list. On the Edit Lists page, Disc symbols symbolise the amount of discs you should get from each list. I have two on the Selected Television Series, One on Film and the remaining one on Documentaries. You can have 10 Lists on the go at a time.
When lists get to Ten or Less Titles, you will be alerted as such and told to add more. Sometimes, due to high demand, short stock of certain titles, and/or some other variable, LoveFilm will make the executive decision to send out a title from another list or a title of a lower priority and they do their best not to go out of order on grouped series. If anything happens where they do go out of order, though, send them an email letting them know. They’ll tell you whether you should return the disc or what they can try and do to correct it for you.

There is a Subscription option where you can get five Titles at a time, with a total of ten discs total a month. It also comes with a maximum of 10 Hours of Online Viewing Time. I’m guessing that would work quite similar to my system, if you wanted to get more discs from your lists at a time, but the total of 10 Titles a month for £17.99 might not be worth it when you can get that many +more in the same time frame with the Full Whack £16.99 subscription.

Some good methods of always keeping your Lists above the minimum amount, apart from being a constant film buff, is cataloguing. Don’t know what that is? That’s ok, I think it’s something that I made up a few years ago.

It’s where you choose an actor or a director that you’ve liked the work of, and you rent their whole catalogue of films and TV shows they’ve ever been in/worked on. That gets you, on average, a good 10 films, and maybe two complete TV Series as well. Even if they’re just in one episode. Obviously if you know you won’t like the film or have already seen it, don’t add it; But it can be a great way to expand your viewing horizons, it gives you a reason to see films or shows you wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

I mentioned this to my Good Friend and he liked the idea, and then came up with a good idea himself. Get your friend, who may or may not have different tastes to you, to list all the films they hate and add all the ones you haven’t seen yet/don’t know whether you’ll like or not to your list.

Or if you do have similar tastes, ask a friend to list their top rated films and add those instead. Unless you’ve seen them, that is.

When there is a “Long Wait” or “Short Wait” on some Titles, I find it best to rejiggle the priorities around so that they’re medium or low priority, so that you have a higher choice of getting something Top Priority, instead of them potentially bypassing the next disc and choosing something you didn’t want to see just yet, or had better things to watch right then. As soon as they’re no longer classed as “Short Wait” or “Long Wait”, you can re-prioritise them to their previous position on the list.

Sometimes, things don’t go as well as they should. Sometimes it’s the Postal Service’s fault; post is sometimes delayed and some discs have been known to “go missing”, but when it’s LoveFilm’s fault, let them know. If there’s a faulty disc, it’s easy to report it and get a replacement. Depending on how your lists are set up and what list your disc is from, you might even get a second Disc along with the replacement. All you have to do is return the one that doesn’t work.

I’ll be honest, in all of the time I’ve been using LoveFilm, I’ve had to report a lot of discs as faulty, but their extra discs on replacement and prompt responses of Customer Service make up for it. What you have to remember is a LOT of people use LoveFilm, some discs will be worn from over play and some will be scratched by careless people. The same can go for any rental service.

Something I referred to earlier was that LoveFilm sometimes do competitions. Sometimes they’re to win merchandise, or free cinema tickets, or even a free subscription to LoveFilm. The prize more often than not, though, is an Extra Film Credit Token for their FilmExtra scheme. And most of the time, you get one just for participating.

Due to the rejiggle of accounts, I’m not sure how many accounts have access to this scheme. I’m 99.9% that Full Whack +Loyalty customers don’t. There’s a chance that Full Whack customers don’t either, from what I’ve worked out from feedback and comments on Twitter, but their site still lists FilmExtra in their FAQ so I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been fully eradicated.

Running purely on that assumption, here’s some information about how it works:

An Extra Film Credit Token is exactly what it says on the Tin. You get one, you use it, you get an extra Film sent out to you from your list. Usually it’s from your Top Priority, sometimes it can be from your Medium Priority. Once I got one from my low Priority, but I won the token after adding a bunch of films I had no intention of watching to my List, just because it would have got me a Token.

When it comes to those kind of competitions, here’s a sneaky tip. Add the films you need to, to your main list, but put them all on low priority. When you get your token for it, delete the films you added and make sure your list maximises the chances of you getting a title you really would like to see, then choose to use it.

When you have more then one Token to be used, wait a good two weeks before using one token after another, because adding an extra film can make it go a bit wonky, in a good way, for a few Dispatches. And don’t worry, if a token disc arrives faulty, reporting it won’t lose you the extra film.

Last but not least, the CopyRight/Renting Law Issues I mentioned at the beginning of this entry. There is a problem between Universal Pictures and LoveFilm in the UK, just as there is with Netflix in America. Even if you reserve Universal Movies and they stay in your Reserve list until the day of release, once it’s been released, any and all Universal DVDs will be “Buy Only.” This is why you need more than just Coming Soon or New Releases on your lists, you’ll end up getting less than your moneys worth if you’re waiting for new releases to come out if they’re made by Universal Pictures.

For more indepth information on that, google it, because it’s a very involved topic that I just wouldn’t do justice by summing it up here. You just have to remember that the lack of Universal options aren’t purely LoveFilm’s fault. Many people don’t seem to understand that, and they end up reviewing the titles with complaints on the matter. Doing that is both pointless and wrong, because all that does is skew the title’s popularity rating and makes it seem all LoveFilm’s fault.

I hope I’ve been of help. If you’re not a member yet and my entry has tempted you to become one, I can get you a month free trial. Just drop a comment with your email (I’ll delete it straight afterwards if you’d like) and I’ll get back to you with the referral link.


Christmas Day 2011

Sunday 25 December, 2011

Ah, that day has been and almost gone again, and if we’re lucky, it won’t be back for another full 365 days. Or 366, considering next year is a leap year.

Which is a great! It mean’s Christmas won’t be back so quickly as it was this year.

See? I told you I’d be back to my Ebenezer Scrooge-ly self. I did use and abuse the thing that made me look forward to Christmas this year, and maybe next years and the year after that, to my hearts content. But I’ve exhausted the distraction and now I’m tired.

There was a trend this year, I noticed, of lesser gift giving. Whether it’s the value of the gifts, the amount of gifts or the meaning of the gifts, I’m sure it varies from person to person, but there was definitely a knew trend in the air.

Gifts were either useful, born of a sentimental notion, or one singular “expensive” item. Is this because of the economy? Are we all getting too old for novelty gifts that take up valuable floor space? Are we becoming less frivolous simultaneously, maybe? Are we seeing a bigger picture?

A mixture of all of the above? I imagine that’s the case for most people.

I’ve been saying, with more and more frequency, that I don’t want or need anything, I just wish I could have a good time with the people insisting on buying me gifts. I’m grateful for the gifts. The lovely, thoughtful, funny, useful gifts. And the chocolate. But maybe the money should go towards more important things? Or stored away to be used on a day spent together.

Who needs a musical lava lamp when silence can be filled with the conversation of a loved one? (Too cheesy? Meh)

So. Now we’re crossing over between evening in to night. I’ve done all but one Christmas Tradition, which is my Annual Awkward Christmas Phone Call with my good friend. He’s been quite the busy fellow this year, and he had many people make plans with him for today, so I’m waiting for him to give me the signal so that I can call.

I hope I get the signal soon. Like I said, who needs a physical present when you can have a good conversation with a loved one?


How To Get The Best Out Of Your LoveFilm Experience…

Monday 12 September, 2011

This blog entry was brought to you by a good friend pointing out that my assisting him with his LoveFilming should be turned into a blog entry.

So here we are!

I am a LoveFilm user. I’ve been a member for over a year, courtesy of my aforementioned good friend, who has been a member for at least two years. Which is why it was quite surprising for me to be giving him pointers and not the other way around.

First of all, you need to be a proper DVD/Game buff to get your moneys worth. As advertised, you can get a basic service for the minimum of £4.99, but that only allows you to get one DVD at a time and a total of two DVDs a month. The further up the price, the service vs money spent evens out. Think of your average price of a Movie or a Boxset, plus P+P, and then compare it to the subscription fee. If you’re looking to get the latest releases but run the risk of your list always being at 10 Titles or less, this service won’t be for you. There is also an issue of Copyright/Renting Laws that I won’t go in to right now.

The service I use is the Full Whack one. I get Unlimited DVDs a month, three discs at a time. I can get through about 9 Discs a week when the service runs smoothly. I will talk about what could happen when the service doesn’t work smoothly a little bit later.

As a film buff and not much of a console gamer, I won’t be talking about the Games side of LoveFilm.

So now we’ve established what account makes the service worth it and the best kind of customer for such a service, lets move on to the service itself.

There is no point filling your list with films you don’t want to see or be sent for the sake of buffing up your title list so that you’re not sent annoying messages telling you that your list is low. That is why you need to be quite the TV/Movie fanatic. Prioritising does work, but it’s not perfect. I’ve only ever been sent “low” priorities twice, but it can and does happen without the influencing circumstances that befell me:

Once was when I had a short list of about 15 Titles and most of them were either “Short Wait” or “Long Wait”, and the second time was when I’d entered a competition. I will talk about Competitions a bit later.

To make sure you can influence the discs LoveFilm send you so much so that you’re mostly in control of what you get, use Lists wisely. Seperate different Genres/Themes/Mediums if need be and then prioritise within those Lists.

For example, I’ve made sure all films are in a Films List, and the ones that I really want to see as soon as possible are Maximum Priority. On the List’s Edit page, I have two disc symbols next to it so that I get two Films every dispatch. I have a specified TV Show list, where I move specific TV shows in to so that I get discs from that TV show and only that TV show so that I can work through the show without getting mixed up with other shows. My remaining Disc symbol stays next to that disc.

There is a Subscription option where you can get five discs at a time, and ten discs total a month. I’m guessing that could work quite similar to my system, if you wanted to get more discs from your lists at a time.

And just for the record, I also have a List made up Documentaries and another one of TV Shows that are waiting “To be organised”. By which I mean, they’re just all there out of the way of the Film List, waiting to be selected for the next show I work through. You can have 10 Lists on the go at a time.

Some good methods of always keeping your Lists above the minimum amount, apart from being a constant film buff, is cataloging. Don’t know what that is? That’s ok, I think I made it up a few years ago.

It’s where you choose an actor and you rent their whole catalogue of films and TV shows they’ve ever been in. That gets you, on average, a good 10 films, and maybe two complete TV Series as well. Even if they’re just in one episode. Obviously if you know you won’t like the film or have already seen it, don’t add it. But it is a great way to expand your viewing horizons, see films or shows you wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

I mentioned this to my good friend and he liked the idea, and then came up with a good idea himself. Get your friend, who may or may not have different tastes to you, to list all the films they hate and add all the ones you haven’t seen yet/don’t know whether you’ll like or not to your list.

Or if you do have similar tastes, ask a friend to list their top rated films and add those instead. Unless you’ve seen them, that is.

When there is a “Long Wait” or “Short Wait” on some Titles, I find it best to rejiggle them so that they’re medium or low priority so that you have a higher choice of getting something Top Priority, instead of them potentially bypassing the next disc and choosing something you didn’t want to see just yet, or had better things to watch right then. As soon as they’re no longer classed as “Short Wait” or “Long Wait”, you can re-prioritise them to their previous position on the list.

Sometimes, things don’t go quite well. Sometimes it’s the Post’s fault; post is sometimes delayed and some discs have been known to “go missing”, but when it’s LoveFilm’s fault, let them know. If there’s a faulty disc, it’s easy to report it and get a replacement. Depending on how your lists are set up and what list your disc is from, you might even get a second Disc along with the replacement. All you have to do is replace the one that doesn’t work.

I’ll be honest, in the year I’ve been using LoveFilm, I’ve had to report a lot of discs as faulty, but their extra discs on replacement and prompt responses of Customer Service make up for it. What you have to remember is a LOT of people use LoveFilm, some discs will be worn from over play and some will be scratched by careless people. The same can go for any rental service.

As I mentioned earlier, LoveFilm sometimes do competitions. Sometimes they’re to win merchandise, or free cinema tickets. The prize more often than not, though, is an Extra Film Credit Token. And most of the time, you get one just for participating.

An Extra Film Credit Token is exactly what it says on the Tin. You get one, you use it, you get an extra Film sent out to you from your list. Usually it’s from your Top Priority, sometimes it can be from your Medium Priority. Once I got one from my low Priority, but I won the token after adding a bunch of films I had no intention of watching to my List, just because it would have got me a Token.

When it comes to those kind of competitions, here’s a sneaky tip. Add them to your main list, put them all on low priority and then once you get your token for it, delete the films you added.

Wait a good two weeks before using one token after another, because adding an extra film can make it go a bit wonky, in a good way, for a few Dispatches. And don’t worry, if a token disc arrives faulty, reporting it won’t lose you the extra film.

And last but not least, the CopyRight/Renting Law Issues I mentioned at the beginning of this entry. There is a problem between Universal Pictures and LoveFilm in the UK, just as there is with Netflix in America. Even if you reserve Universal Movies and they stay in your Reserve list until the day of release, once it’s been released, any and all Universal DVDs will be “Buy Only.” This makes the method of only adding new releases pretty pointless. You’ll get less than your moneys worth if you’re waiting for new releases to come out if they’re made by Universal Pictures.

For more information on that, google it.

I hope I’ve been of help. If you’re not a member and my entry has tempted you to become one, I can get you a month free trial! Feel free to comment here and I can give you the code.


Christmas Day 2010

Saturday 25 December, 2010

Well, the big day has arrived! We’ve all woken up, saw presents under the tree thanks to a Father Christmas, and stuffed ourselves silly on Christmas Turkey Dinner. Unless your day varies from traditional like mine does…

So far, we’ve woken up, we’ve ignored the Christmas tree altogether (It is up, begrudgingly so, we’re just ignoring it), waited a few hours before digging out the presents from their hiding places, swapped, had a cup of tea and a mince pie, watched A Muppet’s Christmas Carol and had a Full English Fry Up for dinner.

Then we mosey about until either the next big movie or meal, whichever comes first. In Today’s case, it was a movie in the shape of Madagascar. That was followed by my Annual Awkward Christmas Phone Call to my good friend, who for some reason, I can never think of anything to say to, and so I end up just babbling about the first things that come to my mind.

The big meal tonight will be Chicken, as we prefer it to Turkey in this house, with all of our usual trimmings, followed by Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding.

The bottom line is that I don’t like Christmas, so what does it matter if it doesn’t follow the traditional route. Some argue that that maybe Why I don’t like Christmas, that it’s so different from other people. They may have a point. But unless they actively want me to do something different, I shall stick to my traditions with my Chicken and Mince Pies.

Merry Christmas, Everyone.