Winter is coming

I’m not talking about Game of Thrones. I’m not about to launch into a Jon Snow epic. In fact, I might be the only person I know who … [su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler Alert: GOT fans yet to finish the last series click here at your own risk”] … cheered when he died. I mean – those tiresome puppy-dog eyes, the painfully confused expression whenever faced with almost any decision, the fact that Sam is blatantly so much more interesting and entertaining to watch. I have a horrible feeling I’m gonna be disappointed as I smell the stench of resurrection steaming…

Halloween is over… but Christmas is coming

Goddammit, where the bleeding hell did Halloween go? Where did all the cobwebs and pumpkins and ghost stories around the campfire go? (Well, maybe not campfire. Maybe electric heater next to worn armchair, your legs covered by a blanket and one hand grasping a glass of wine.) Either way, why is everyone talking about Christmas already? It’s ages away. And, no – I don’t want a daily reminder of exactly how many hours are between me, right now, and the morning of the 25th December. I don’t want to know how many of your children have landed the lead role…

Happy Halloween

Yes, Happy Halloween fiends! Or, for you die hard pedantics, if you’re not happy to call it Halloween, let’s go with Dia de los Muertos. Either way, I hope the scares are enjoyable and the spooks are well behaved, and that the punch is full of an appropriate amount of spirits. Enjoy the horrors – I myself have cuddled up around a bottle of wine and a lit pumpkin head. I’m sure the smell of burning cheese is entirely normal. ROOOAOOOAOAAARRRRR, SPPPOOOOOOOOKKK, JANNGLLLLEEEE OF CHHHAAAAIINNS. *Happy Halloween*

5 tips for surviving Halloween

What’s that? You mean, you don’t want to be scared to the point of your hair falling out and your eyes turning to ice? You mean you’d rather think about what presents to get little Bobby for Christmas? You mean you’d rather drink sherry for breakfast and try out your new recipe for how to make the best, most scrummy, least smelly Brussels sprouts ever? Well, why didn’t you say so in the first place? Here’s five tips for how to survive the horror season. Avoid clowns AT ALL COSTS This probably means avoiding the heady heights of Northampton. I’m…

Halloween is coming…

Oh yes it is, with its claws and teeth and shifty eyes. With its heart-warming soups and hollowed out pumpkins. With its children that knock on your door and blackmail you into giving them a nasty case of tooth rot. And by far and away it’s the best time of year – the nights draw in, the wind starts to bite and there’s just a million excuses to curl up with a  book by the fire. It beats Christmas, the best thing about that being that you get to see more beards. It beats summer – the flies and the…