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                     New Year Quiz        

A.       Christmas

1) According to the Bible, how many wise men visited the baby Jesus?
2) What was number 1 on Christmas day and who sings it?
3)Which fruit sauce traditionally accompanies turkey?
4)In which year was ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ released?
5)Which country traditionally provides the tree for Trafalgar Square?
6)How many Gospels tell the Christmas story- name them.
7)Which coin was traditionally put in a Christmas pudding.
8 )     What date in December did Good King Wenceslas look out on?
9)  According to the song, how many gifts did ‘my true love send to me?’
10)We traditionally kiss under bunches of what?

    B:New Year

1)     When letting in the New Year some people carry bread, a coin and coal. Why?
2)     Who wrote the words to ‘Auld Lang Syne?’
3)     On New Year’s Day there is always a concert of Strauss music in which city?
4)     Why is January so called?
5)     What was New York called originally?
6)     Which group had a hit with ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.’
7)     In Which City does the Statue of Liberty stand?
8 )     When making a fresh start you are said to turn over what?
9)     What is said to ‘Sweep clean?’
10) Which country’s New Year celebration involves fire crackers and a dragon dance?
    C: Who’s Who?
1)      Who traditionally makes a speech to the commonwealth on Christmas day?
2)      Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
3)      Who released ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ this Christmas?
4)      Who is the missing Tellytubby: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Po
5)      Who won a lifetime achievement award at the ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ awards in December?
6)      Who won  a) The X Factor
b) Strictly Come Dancing
c) I’m a Celebrity
7)      Who played the other Doctor in the Christmas Day episode of ‘Dr. Who?’
8 )      Who likes honey and has a friend who is a piglet?
9)      Who was ‘dead to begin with,’ according to Charles Dickens.
10)   Who, according to the poem, has a ‘broad face and a round little belly.’
(Thanks to my wife, Alison, for the quiz which she wrote for tonight’s party.)
Wishing all Readers a  Happy,Healthy and Successful 2009!     


Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas. This has been one of the best. The reason for this being that  for the first time we have a child in the house.

We have been fostering for a few months, and this young man came to us in August for a long term placement. During a year of training we were prepared for the worst case scenarios- children who have been moved from pillar to post often have attachment problems because it doesn’t pay to get attached if you’re just going to get moved on again. But in this case we have found a perfect match, and are getting so much from sharing our lives with him.

Okay- confession time: we went a bit O.T.T for Christmas. I even did the dressing up as Santa to pass by his room. Of course, he slept through it, so I went out and and tapped on neighbours windows- didn’t want the suit to be wasted!

Christmas morning was just the most magical experience ever, and I finally realised what friends with children had that we had been missing out on.

The rest of the day was spent tuning in his new television and setting up his model of a Tardis interior.

As I say, we have been lucky in that we are a perfect match. Even down to the fact that our foster child shares my obsession with Dr. Who.

6p.m. Christmas day, and my wife was chucked out of the living room so that we could watch the latest Christmas Special. Admittedly, it wasn’t the best story they had ever done but, what the heck, it was Dr. Who, Christmas day, and a perfect bonding experience.

Now we thought we had got it worked out- the Dr. goes to victorian England and finds, as well as Cybermen, another Dr. with an assistant called Rositta. Obviously, he was the Dr. from a parallel universe- the one from which the cybermen came. Russell T. Davies had cleverly led Whovians to this conclusion through a Radio Times interview where he said that the other Dr. also had a sonic screwdriver and a Tardis.

I won’t spoil it for anyone who may not have watched it yet, but the Tardis turned out not to be what we’d  expected.

And it’s nice to take a break from work, and from book related activities- the online forums have either closed or are, generally, full of goodwill.  When I say ‘generally,’ It is with reference to the friction between YouWriteOn and other sites which are critical of their POD scheme. I did suggest a truce, but from one quarter this was met with a staunch refusal. 

It was at this time of peace that warring opponents once climbed out of the trenches and played football in honour of the festive spirit. But  when it comes to disagreements in the world of  writing and publishing  it would appear that we are venturing into areas of life and death, where there can be no compromise.

Posted on: December 22, 2008

A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year to you all!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year to you all!

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