This time of year always reminds me of my father’s annual ritual of sending out Christmas cards. Every December, he approached the task with the rigour and planning of a small military operation. First, and most importantly, was the drawing up of the list – each year, the backbone of old friends, extended family, fellow writers and colleagues would be added to, to include new people he had met over the previous twelve months.
One side of the potato-pits was white with frost –
How wonderful that was, how wonderful!
And when we put our ears to the paling-post
The music that came out was magical.
I was lucky to spend a few wonderful days with friends in the Haut Languedoc. It’s a quieter corner of France. Stunning mountains with dramatic rock escarpments, beautiful medieval villages with rivers running through them, lush vineyards yielding robust reds and vibrant rosés and mystifyingly, a Scottish person round every corner who has made a home and a life here. I can see some similarity with Scotland, and certainly the appeal.
Millionaires own our newspapers, and even the locals have foreign owners Millions got “played”. Every time you buy a copy of 1. “THE SUN” (owned
It’s no secret music can have a therapeutic effect on people, and it’s never more important than when you are in hospital. Various studies have shown the benefits to patients – whether that’s to help provide a calming atmosphere before an operation, or to provide them with additional interaction and company during their stay.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Our staff will be working over the Christmas and New Year festive holiday period to continue providing essential services to our local communities. Please find below important information to help you if you need your local health services over the festive period.