I just want to see if I can; I want to hang around with people in pubs, and go to parties, and see if I can manage it all and have a good time doing these things, all the while being sober as a judge.
It's been trending on twitter, it's provoked speculation and news articles across the UK: it's none other than Tony and Cherie Blair's 2014 Christmas card! You may have thought personalised photos on festive cards were a thing of the nineties but the Blairs prove, well, yes, maybe they should have stayed in the nineties.
With Christmas round the corner it is time to start thinking about party season. There are some easy mistakes to make when looking for love in party season so here are some tips on how to start a lasting romance...
As Christmas approaches, cities across Europe transform themselves into winter wonderlands - converting town squares and open spaces into traditional alpine villages serving up Glühwein and arts and crafts.
I've gone back to basics with some suggestions you may find useful if you're looking for a thoughtful gift for the cook in your life. Some will cost you a bob or two. Others are as cheap as chips, or nearly.
Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.
Our first stop is North America, but not the USA. Instead we head further north into Canada, or Nova Scotia to be more precise. Here you will find Christmas Island, a place where the Post Office does a nice little sideline in postal markings for those people who like their festive letters to have an extra seasonal sprinkling.
Consider these ideas for memorable, educational and long-lasting gifts for children. Here are some gifts that you won't be taking to landfill in six months' time.
All this busy activity distracts us from the fact that even though Christmas is meant to be a joyful affair, it also happens to fall at a tricky time of year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere). A time of darkness and decay. A time of introspection and reflection - activities that make for potentially unsettling pastimes.
Since moving to London from a small town in the Midlands I've really noticed the levels which people go to in order to avoid helping one another. I've noticed how detached everyone is, how wrapped up in their own lives they are and how nothing can stop them in their tracks as they get from A to B.
And so it came to pass that primary schools began to drop the traditional Nativity Play from their winter schedules, favouring instead a Winter Celebration which offended nobody and in which everyone got a part.
Much as I relish the creativity of many of their efforts, I feel that this trend tells a worrying story both about the faltering attempts of business to redefine its place in the world and about our own need to grasp at almost anything to create meaning in our lives. In my book, we could do with rather more powerful stories at Christmas time. Any ideas?
Politicians do a disservice to the public to pretend otherwise. It is possible to celebrate difference while encouraging cohesion, but that is not by - out of fear or misplaced respect - ignoring the symbols that divide. It is possible to laud tolerance while criticizing those (flag-wavers?) who undermine it.
There is nothing quite like the holiday season; the warmth of family, the delicious food, and the overall good cheer that's in the air. One way to quickly crush all of this holiday goodness is knowing you have to turn up to your family's big event without that holiday date in tow.
"It's my exes turn to have the children for Christmas this year and it's all I can think about. It makes me so sad to think that I won't share Christmas Day with my kids, they are what Christmas is all about. What can I do?"
Only a week ago, I sat squashed into a tent filled with a family of fourteen Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - surprised that even that much body heat could not thaw the freezing cold I felt...