Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Christmas Chaos with the Cats

Well it's Christmas Eve and I have to say, as usual I'm not ready. Main reason this year? I've been coughing and spluttering for the last 3 days. Thought I had escaped the dreaded bug but thanks to Lauren, my granddaughter, I now have the lurgy!

I managed to pull myself together this afternoon and tried to do some wrapping of presents. The cats decided to lend me a hand. Now I wouldn't mind but these are no kitten cats. You can expect chaos from little ones. Tuppence is is 20, totally deaf, has a dicky heart and a severe thyroid problem. The other, Oscar is 19 and I think he is losing his hearing too.

Despite some of their senses being impaired and health problems, their curiosity and wanting to be in the centre of anything going on, has not diminished at all.
I wish I could have videod it; they just swanned about all over the paper, on top of the presents etc, etc. It was done at a sedate pace, not the flying about and paper ripping of kitten cats, but it was still a pain. Still, I couldn't get annoyed because who knows, it may be their last Christmas. Mind you, I've been saying that for a few Christmases now.

Now, how can I help?

Where did I put those scissors?


Now I've lost the Sellotape.


Oh heck! Here comes Oscar.

Oscar, you always spoil the fun!


What a bully!

He starts to chase her about, so at this point I just give up! Too many cooks spoil the broth as they say.

Well it's late, just finished a midnight cheese, pickled beetroot and Pringle sandwich. That'll be enough to line my stomach for the Paracetamol before I go to bed. That way I just might get some sleep.

I have a red nose that Rudolph would kill for! Can't breathe very well though, no good for leading a sleigh.

In a few minutes I'm going to try that thing I've read about where you rub the soles of your feet with Vicks Vapour Rub before you go to bed. You'll guess I'm at the stage where I'm desperate and I'll try anything! Well Oscar is away up to bed so I think I'll follow.

I'll leave you with a nativity scene from Fatima in Portugal. Very unusual! (Source Wiki Commons)

Night Night and to anyone reading this I hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful year in 2009.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Christmas on the Telly

David Tennant - The Current Doctor Who

Christmas telly is usually the best TV of the year, apart from Children in Need, but that’s just one night. Well it’s a good excuse for watching so much telly and due to the weather there's not much else I fancy doing. Lots of people don't like watching TV but I have to say I've always loved the telly at Christmas. There's something special about it. I'm glad they do make it special because lots of people are on their own and the telly is their only company.

Brit Girl Sarah set me thinking about this when she talked about how the Sound of Music was always shown on the BBC on Christmas Day. I think The Great Escape was usually on the “other side”. Strange that because they’re not Christmas films. It started me thinking about our perceptions of how great Christmas telly used to be “when we were young”. Was it really that good? I think it was, but over time maybe people’s tastes and our expectations have changed.

What do I remember liking?

I loved to see It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s still one of my favourites. I have to say that it’s not the films I look forward to, it’s the Christmas specials.

I used to love watching the Andy Williams Christmas show with the Osmonds. Then there was Morecambe and Wise. Their shows were amazing. Who can forget Angela Rippon, (the BBC’s very sedate newsreader) when she danced with them and showed her fantastic legs in the 1976 show. We never knew she had legs. Morecambe and Wise still hold the record of 28 million viewers on Christmas Day 1997. That was half the UK population!

Then there were The Two Ronnies. We laughed so much at their sketches and their songs. Oh how I miss them. I bet Ronnie Barker has them in stitches now wherever he is.

So what’s on the cards for this year? Well I’ll give the films the go by, nothing much there I fancy. I don’t watch any of the soaps, I want to be entertained not depressed!

So it’s on to the Christmas Specials. They don’t really go in for the variety type shows now, mostly it’s a sitcom type of thing or a drama.
Rab C Nesbitt is back after 10 years! Now this string vested street philosopher wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but he was mine. Maybe I should say lager! A lot of people couldn’t understand his broad Glaswegian accent but he was great. He and his totally dysfunctional family were quite sad but at the same time hysterically funny. Maybe all great comedy is a bit black. Well I’m looking forward to this one.

The Royle Family, there’s another dysfunctional family who spent most of their lives in front of the telly. They’re back too. They’ve had some brilliant Christmas specials, the one where baby David was born and the last one which was a bit sad when they killed off Nanna.

As Time Goes By is one of my all time favourite comedies with Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. Such witty scripts and wonderful acting. They’re about to become grandparents. Bring it on!

Gavin and Stacey is one series I’ve never seen. I think it must have been shown on one of the other BBC channels. People raved about it and although I really love Rob Brydon and Alison Steadman, I never saw any of the programmes. I’ll take a look at the Christmas special and look out for any repeats of the series if I like it.

Doctor Who also has a Christmas special. Now I’ve always loved Doctor Who, but all my family hate it. My husband never liked it, my children never liked it and now my grandson doesn't. The result is I can't watch it unless it's on another channel late at night. I've watched them all right from the very first one, William Hartnell. I think David Tennant is probably my favourite Doctor, those tennis shoes he wears with a suit, kill me. However he’s announced that he’s leaving the show and there’ll be a new Doctor Who in 2010. Maybe it’s David Morrissey who’s appearing with him as a second Doctor in Victorian England in this Christmas show. Now how can on earth can I manage to see it?

From Larkrise to Candleford is another series I wanted to watch but never got to see. My husband doesn’t like these costume dramas. They have a Christmas special tonight so I bet I don’t get to see it. Unfortunately it clashes with the start of the new series of The Royal, the hospital series set in the sixties. He really likes that one. Why do these TV planners always put really good things on at the same time.

Clash of the Santas is one I won’t miss tonight. I love Robson Greene and Mark Benton and their not so friendly rivalries; so does my husband so we won’t argue over that. It seems like I’ll be watching quite a lot of telly this Christmas. Well short days and long nights and you have to make the most of it,
there probably won't be much on that's worth watching during the rest of the year.

Happy telly watching.

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