I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I don’t think I can remember a busier December. There were of course the Decembers when I was thirteen or fourteen and was dancing in the Nutcracker. It seemed like endless afternoons and evenings of rehearsals and weekends full of performances all balanced with school. Then there were the Decembers when I was a full-time music teacher. Preparing the children for their holiday concerts were always stressful. It seemed that I spent every waking moment thinking about the music, rehearsing with the students, designing programmes, and planning the logistics. When I went back to being a full-time student, suddenly, my Decembers – while busy – were just a bit more leisurely. Sure I had deadlines but there wasn’t that stress of everything riding on my shoulders. This December though has been another thing entirely.

Episode 01.12 – Winter Wonderland – 12 December 2017

It's our twelfth episode of You Say Toma(h)to! We're very sorry about the delay in releasing this episode, between travel commitments, working, and the holiday rush, we needed a bit of extra time to produce this month's tomato. This month Jeremy and I discuss our Christmas traditions and how they reflect or diverge from our wider … Continue reading Episode 01.12 – Winter Wonderland – 12 December 2017

An Englishman in New York

Many of my readers might remember Jeremy from my days as a student in Durham. Well, he's still in the picture and as a matter of fact, he went all the way to America with me to visit my friends and family for Thanksgiving. While he was travelling he kept a diary of what we did and some of his thoughts about my native country. What follows in this and the next blog post is an edited version of his travel diary (edited mainly for length as Jeremy is quite the writer).