Don't Panic!!

So there's 8 days left. That's ages yet.  Hell, I've known years when I've been out shopping for presents still at 6pm on Christmas Eve.  In fact there's something to be said for that being the best time to do it. It's proper festive for a few hours. It's also proper manic mind you.  It's worth pointing out that the phrase "there's something to be said for" and the phrase "I would recommend shopping at this time" are in no way related, and neither should they be. You've been warned.

On the subject of days....  

1) Happy Birthday Jane Austin.  

2) There is one day in particular that will become of intense interest to a large number of people in the near future. I'm not talking about Christmas day, although of course that day is a good candidate for "Most interesting day of 2010". No, the day in question has already passed and is in fact July the 24th 2010.

It says here:

"Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create a user-generated feature film, shot on a single day, by you. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and will be available right here on YouTube. If your footage makes it into the finished film, you'll be credited as a co-director and you could be one of 20 contributors brought to Sundance to celebrate with Kevin Macdonald."

A fascinating idea, and I for one am really looking forward to the results.  

Sadly, it doesn't help me with my Christmas present aquisition problem.  To be more specific, the problem I have is that I'm waiting for arrivals for Mrs G, and the weather forecast isn't looking too promising for road based deliveries. With any luck they'll show up this morning and all will be well, but then one of them was supposed to arrive two days ago according to the online tracking system.

Online tracking is a double edged sword though. It lulls you into a false sense of security because you think you're being well informed and you know where your package is. This isn't the case because it relies on people updating the status of your package and this may not (and often does not) happen.

I recently had a package delivered from Germany. The tracking status showed it arriving in the UK at an airport near to London, 20 minutes before it was delivered to my front door. If only I could ship my luggage through customs that quickly I'd be a very happy air traveller. 

One of the other gifts is sitting in a shop in Bristol. I know it's there, I've seen it. But it does require me travelling to Bristol to collect it and that's a problem until Saturday, unless of course there's a serious amount of snow/ice in which case it will continue to be a problem until the weather breaks. I may be worrying unnecessarily as this particular gift could possibly be available in Cheltenham, but I haven't had the opportunity to wander round the shops there yet. If we do get the promised snow & ice, perhaps I'll be doing that on Saturday instead of driving to Bristol.

Re: the ear-ache. I suspect I'll be getting a second opinion at some point. Very painful this morning and I suspect an infection in my middle ear. You can't beat a bit of paranoid self diagnosis to wind yourself up with, but I'm not panicking just yet...


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