December 22nd, 2005

This IS me (by schwitters)Default

Festive Excess

It's an office tradition for each floor (there are three) to host a drinks and nibbles party in the week before Christmas. One year my floor refused on the grounds that this was a silly number of parties, but we were accused of being cheap and Scroogelike. So we've had three in a row this week, with the company knees-up at a restaurant called The Hop Cellars this afternoon.

The thought has crossed my mind more than once that there are probably people starving somewhere in Africa, and indeed closer to home, but of course they won't be helped at all by my denying myself another handful of pretzels.

It's also traditional to write a quiz for the occasion, though my floor didn't get round to arranging anything. The first floor asked us to identify countries from their outlines and 2005 celebrities from their photos. I failed dismally at this, placing only Cherie Blair out of 70 questions. The fourth floor, though, had done children's TV of the 1970s and '80s, which I won by a landslide.

I feel I've contributed in my own small way to sending this country to hell in a handbasket.
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