Month: December 2016

Love came down at Christmas

JWP, Going Postal

Love came down at Christmas,
love all lovely, Love divine;
love was born at Christmas,
star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus:
but wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
love for plea and gift and sign.
Christina Rossetti

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The GP Advent Calendar of Cuisine – LetEnglandShake’s Game Terrine – H F-W

 LetEnglandShake, Going Postal
LetEnglandShakes’s Game Terrine

Any or some of these

selection of lean game meat, about 1kg/2¼lb in all, which could include:

  • breasts of pheasant (hung about 5 days)
  • breasts of pigeon
  • breasts of duck or other wild fowl
  • saddle and hindquarters of 1 rabbit, boned
  • saddle and hindquarters of hare, boned
  • lean strips of venison (from the leg or fillet)
  • oil or butter, for frying

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A Collie Christmas

We all know what happens at Christmas. The timing varies only depending on certain circumstances, such as  having young kids in the house, or elderly relatives:
Breakfast optional – presents must be unwrapped at first light or after breakfast – mum emigrates to the  kitchen to deal with the Turkey – Dad, granddad, uncles, older brothers emigrate to the pub if open,  otherwise, the various cans of beer and lager need to be tested. Grannies, aunts, older sisters either help  in the kitchen (to the horror of mum) or are delegated to keep the bloody kids quiet and prevent inter- sibling warfare.
Meanwhile, scores of mince pies and chocolates are being scoffed …
Then, finally – The Turkey! With all the trimmings! And: The Plum Pudding, with brandy sauce, brandy cream,  brandy in it’s natural liquid state …
Then, when everybody is bursting and quiet: the telly! The Queen!
More sherry, dear?
Let’s draw the curtain over the rest of the day, from squabbles amongst kids to fisticuffs amongst  relatives, until everybody sinks into their beds, sodden with alcohol and swearing never ever ever to have  turkey again. Evah. Until next year ….
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A Going Postal abridged fairy story – Coal Black and the seven intellectual dwarfs

Northern Man, Going Postal

Scene 1 – a fairytale castle.  The sun is setting, the birds are singing and multi-coloured pennants are flying from the flagpoles.  We are in a stately bedroom, with a four-poster bed and a large and ornate alabaster-framed mirror on the wall.  Enter the Queen….

Queen Yasmin Alibaba Notwhite:  “Well, another busy day sending communiques to the lower orders.  Probably a waste of time.  I bet most of them can’t read.  How I despise them.  Still Princess Coal Black is tucked up for the night so time for the traditional check” [turns to the mirror and says, in an unnecessarily dramatic voice] “O magic mirror on the wall, who is the most racist one of all?”

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How Right Are You?

Coloniescross, Going Postal

It’s always nice at this time of year to spend a little time in the company of friends and relatives. Sometimes though family gatherings and parties can be disrupted or can even descend into violent anarchy if the people sharing the festive food and drink aren’t like minded on the main topics of the day.

With this in mind Swiss French Bob asked Colin Cross if he could devise a fun, news based quiz to make sure all the social gatherings that you might attend, even that often fractious Christmas Lunch with your brother who works for the council and your sister in law who is a deputy head at an inner city state school, go ahead without a hitch.

After a little thought Colin came up with a multiple choice quiz designed to be topical, entertaining and fun for all the family.

All you need to play RIGHT ON, ALT-RIGHT, ULTRA FAR RIGHT are some pencils and as many multiple choice quiz sheets as you need to ensure each adult has their own.

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A slightly unorthodox orthodox Christian writes…

1642again, Going Postal

Into the lions’ den I know, but here goes…  And it’s that time of year so show some goodwill…

Firstly, I write to explain: it’s my personal viewpoint, no one else’s, and neither to convince nor argue into belief.  Second I am in some ways a reluctant Christian: it’s against my naturally confrontational and driven personality, but I’m a better person for my faith even if it is a struggle.  I was 30 years ago a strident atheist having rebelled against my upbringing, but bit by bit as I studied for my doctorate in Classics my work shredded my atheism, fading it into agnosticism, then deism and finally into an unorthodox orthodox protestant Christianity informed initially by scholarship and latterly, after many years in business, by life experience and the gaining of, hopefully, some wisdom.

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