Things From My Trip Back to the UK for Christmas

  • I will never fail to go to pieces in the presence of comedy legend Chris Morris (spotted in the National Theatre, wearing shorts. I didn’t say anything).
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is amazing. The moment when I got completely consumed by excitement was (SPOILER ALERT) when Poe and Finn stole a TIE Fighter and did a runner from the First Order. I had a manic grin for the rest of the film.
  • I spotted Cara Delevingne in the BFI lobby. A quick Google would suggest she is 5 ft 8. I’m not saying that this may be untrue, but I didn’t have to raise my head to look at her iconic eyebrows (I’m 5ft 2 on a good day).
  • My young nephews are developing wonderful personalities. One is turning into a mini evil genius, the other a reluctant superhero. They’re bonkers and I love them.
  • Christmas weddings are lovely. Especially so when they involve a young friend tying the knot with a gorgeous woman. I was very honored to be part of such a beautiful day (thanks, Barry and Cat).
  • Mother of aforementioned groom commented at the wedding that I haven’t changed since I was a teenager. Not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
  • Manchester is basically the same as when I left it. Well, maybe a little bit more damp (RIP, the Mark Addy).
  • My friends are still absolutely amazing, and are doing incredibly exciting things. Thanks to you all for making time to see us.
  • Byron Burger isn’t as good as everyone says it is.
  • I was very excited to be reunited with Monster Munch, Vimto, and Jaffa Cakes. They weren’t as amazing as I’d remembered. I didn’t even end up bothering with Jaffa Cakes.

This final part deserves a bit more explanation. Will and I spent Christmas Day with Will’s mum, Pauline, and her partner, John. We were very well looked after. However, Pauline shared a story about how her and John had recently been to Denmark, to meet up with one of John’s old school friends. This school friend had moved to Denmark a few decades ago, and found quite a unique job. Below is a picture (he’s the one sat on the log).

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Turns out, John’s schoolfriend has found a great deal of success dressing up as a chicken on a low-budget kids TV show in Denmark. It’s called Bamses Billedbog, and if you fancy a laugh I’d highly recommend checking it out on YouTube (the one I fired up around the kitchen table had the unsettling title of “Bamses Billedbog Baby Kylling“. Not even the frightful description could prepare me for the horrors within).

Happy New Year, everyone!

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