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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Date: 27th December 2009

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

And I don't mean alcohol.  One couldn't help but be infected by the Christmas feeling - one benefit of being in a snowy, icy, London in the run up to the Great Day.  Everywhere you looked there were twinkling lights, Christmas Trees, Carol singing,  and a general feeling of Goodwill despite the Recession.

Being in Theatre at Christmastime is rather magical - we are all children at heart looking forward to our Secret Santa (you pull a name out of a hat and then buy a present to a specified amount of money).  Santa visited us in the Albery Bar between shows - Mince pies and Coffee were on offer.  Actually Santa was Mother Christmas in the shape of Phil  Jupitas resplendent in, what I presume was, one of the costumes from Hairspray in which he is starring.  I received a posh bottle of Cava in a splendid fabric stocking (which I will hang at the end of my bed next year) and a lovely card which has now set me guessing - who did buy the present and write such lovely words?

My son came to the theatre on Christmas Eve and with a great sigh of relief we caught a train home - I say 'relief' as the previous day on trying to buy our tickets, they wouldn't sell me any because so many trains were being cancelled and delayed.  So I checked that Marks and Spencer didn't shut till 7.00 pm and mentally adjusted to the possibility of Christmas Dinner being Smoked Salmon sandwiches and a bottle of something at Jonathan's flat in Ealing.  However the thaw came just in time and most train services were running. .  Ours was a quiet Christmas - just the two of us - but we had time for conversation, good food and drink and indulged in watching 'Happy Feet' and a DVD of K.9 - both of us are mad keen on animals and we love the K.9 and Beethoven type films.

No trains on Boxing Day - well at least not down in my neck of the woods - so it was a drive in to London for two shows.  However, the joy of walking to the Car Park (and not the train station)  after the show and travelling home in the warmth and comfort of my car - not to mention the pleasure of listening to Classic FM on the journey instead of mobile phones, loud conversations peppered with expletives and loutish behaviour - made up for any inconvenience.

OH - JUST A LITTLE REMINDER.    ON 28TH DECEMBER ON BBC 2 AT 9.00 PM THERE IS A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE SUPER PROGRAMME 'NOT THE NINE O'CLOCK NEWS' AND YOURS TRULY WILL BE FEATURING IN IT.

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