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End of the Christmas Lights – 9 January 2012

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our amazing Christmas decorations.

Over the course of the day, Dad’s been removing the Christmas Lights: taking down the various boards, stripping the blue tissue paper off the walls, and tearing out now-redundant wires.

TOOLS FOR THE JOB: All that remains of the Christmas Lights decorations are these tools on the control tower. (IMG_1800)

All that remains of the Lights are a few scars on the wallpaper, but more obviously the large control tower. That’s because Dad’s hoping to rebuild it in time for next Christmas’s display, using more modern technology that can be more easily replaced – unlike the vintage telephone exchange components that run the current system.


I decided against producing a video for family archive purposes of the show, knowing this can take many hours. That said, I’ll need to do one next Christmas, as the 2009 video (the only motion-picture record we have) has a very noisy SD picture, having been filmed on my old tape camera.

However, it was essential to get some good-quality photographs before the demolition began, and the best of these follow (rollover for captions).

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Review of the Week – 2 to 8 January 2012

Review of the Week: 2 to 8 January 2012

That Was The Week That Was

So here we are at the end of the first full week of 2012. This Review of the Week idea is to become a weekly feature, incorporating but replacing the Photo of the Week style of blogs that ran during the middle of last year.

The nation and the world has been gripped by the verdict of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, which has found Gary Dobson and David Norris guilty of the racist murder of the black teenager 18 years ago, thanks to the presence of new evidence. Other news this week includes the discovery of a murdered woman on the Sandringham estate; FrankTwitchy’s video of his dancing granny going viral; and the London 2012 Olympics ticket website breaking – again.

SPLASH FOR CASH: Me and my friends from the Dragons Explorer Scout Unit, shortly after the claxon sounded at the end of our stint at the Swimarathon on Saturday.

For me, it’s been a pretty quiet week, returning to school on Tuesday after the festive period, but with a fairly pointless school trip to the Science Museum on Thursday. Due to my attendance of Taplow Youth Choir, I was only able to swim once at the Lions Club’s 27th annual Swimarathon yesterday (Saturday), contributing towards the 56 50-metre laps my Explorer Scout unit racked up. I managed to raise some decent funds, which will be split jointly between the Lions Club’s charities and the Unit.

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London Prepares For Christmas – 17 December 2011

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REGENT STREET LIGHTS_Looking down Regent Street at its shining Christmas lights.

With just a week to go until Christmas Eve, I headed to London with my good friend Zac Brooke to marvel at the sights and enjoy the Christmas lights.

THE HOUSE AND CASTLE_'My' hotel in Westbourne Street, Paddington.

We got off the train at Paddington and walked through Hyde Park, eventually ending up at its annual Winter Wonderland and traditional German Christmas Market. It’s not the first time I’ve been, so I knew what to expect, but (unlike the brilliant Mary Portas) I still don’t like it. Like two old codgers, Zac and I cursed the commercialisation of the ancient Christian festival and moved on.

CHEEKY BLIGHTER_A well-camouflaged squirrel seen in Hyde Park.

BUSY BUSY_The annual Winter Wonderland always draws crowds due to its free admission.

COOKING UP A STORM_A trader at the authentic German market.

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