1. Christmas Lights. On the whole I’m a big fan of Christmas lights. Christmas lights can be tasteful and festive and fun. There is a house in Islip which I pass every day on the way back from work, which has very elegant lights, which brighten up your heart on even the most dingiest and darkest and foggiest (as in today) days. For this, witness Exhibit A…

2. On the same route home from work, but this time in the heart of Bicester, is what I can only imagine to be an infamous house. Every year, the display of lights gets bigger and brasher and yet more tasteless. Any one element of lighting that this house if put outside a house on its own would be considered the very meaning of the word naff. However, in it’s grandiose splendour this house goes beyond naff – far beyond – and forms a whole new artform that you cannot fail to appreciate on some level. And so, please witness Exhibit B…
3. Further to arriving home, I had a couple of carol singers at the door. Nice enough you would suppose, except that in my book carol singers should either be young kids with song books (and ideally some form of live musical accompaniment), or they should be collecting for a recognised charity and have the gumpf that goes with it. What I had stood on my doorstep were two hulking youths of about 16 who burst out in a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas as soon as I opened the door. I listened from behind my door to a few bars before politely saying, ‘Ugh, thank you…” and closing the door, and then shutting the cats in for a bit until I was sure they’d gone.

4. Work was dull as dulldome could be today. There is apparently a ‘database error’ which was causing the system to run slower than a lame camel dragging three more lame camels through black treacle. I could have walked to San Francisco to deliver my articles faster.

5. I did however have a conversation with the guy at an agency for a job I applied for yesterday and he’s going to put me forward for it. Job sounds good, a ‘Multimedia Designer’ based in – umm, Cambridge. Well, you know it will give me something to think about! 😉

Yes dear reader, I do currently live near Oxford… :-\