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Merry Christmas to all my readers and here’s to 2013

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Rather apt for this time of the year Rather apt for this time of the year

When the sun will shine and the rain will go away

For those of us hoping for a “White” Christmas all we got was a “Wet” one. At least by the time we get near to cricket again we will not be hearing about potential hose pipe bans. Last Christmas my regular followers will remember that the Junior Heaton’s disappeared to the Caribbean on the good ship Ventura. This year they remained in the country and we were welcomed at Chez Acresbrook Walk on Christmas Day. Thomas had recovered from his poorly chest and my gout riddled finger was also much improved. Our Pam did us proud with a magnificent Christmas Dinner and Number One Son looked after my liquid refreshments with aplomb. In fact he inadvertently opened two bottles of the Beaujolais Villages at once meaning that we had to finish them both off – which we did.

 

Now there is a subtle twist to the way in which our television companies provide festive fare for the post-meal period. Gone are the days of Morecambe and Wise or perhaps Corbett and Barker. You know the sorts of offerings that brought a smile and a glow to the evening to sit alongside a glass or two of scotch. We now have the “Soaps”. Now Philip and myself kept the tradition of having a glass or two away from the TV whilst the rest of the family soaked themselves in the atmosphere of Corrie, Eastenders and Emmerdale. I regrettably have to say that it looks like Tom has become a Corrie fan as well. There were so many “happy events” going on to remind us that Christmas is a time of fun and jollity. It was drama, drama, drama in abundance – buckets full of it. Marriages at Christmas are meant to be very meaningful and special – in Corrie you knew from the outset that it was going to be a NO NO. I haven’t really got a clue what was going on in Emmerdale but that was possibly down to the Beaujolais Villages. Bless the BBC as Eastenders finished with Derek popping his clogs in full high definition. Oh happy days. Fortunately we were tucking in to some supper produced by Pamela when ITV’s blockbuster special edition of Downtown Abbey ended with the nation’s heartthrob crashing his car just minutes after holding his new born baby. The TV Companies really know how to make you enjoy Christmas.

 

Anyway between all of this we had a wonderful day with the family. Tom had his iPad mini, Sophie had five pairs of shoes, I had a case for my Kingle and the missus had a new coat. I also have to report that unlike previous Christmas experiences in Tottington when we were in the taxi going home there was only one road in front of us and only one tele in our house. On a number of previous occasions the double vision delight which afflicts so many at this time of the year affected me as well. By the time I had enjoyed a quiet Tesco Moment before retiring however the TV Screen in our lounge had started to get a friend. I refuse to tell you exactly what time we rose from our slumbers on Boxing Day as I will get into trouble with she who must be obeyed – except to say it was pretty close to being the afternoon.

 

The Shakers were at Preston for a Boxing Day treat BUT I had already said that we would give it a miss as I was sick of not seeing them win a game for some considerable time. It would appear that this was a wise move as the game ended without a goal for either team. To be honest I am not too sure where the ground is in Preston as I believe the last time I saw a game there Tom Finney was still playing for them. My next dose of Shakers delight will be on New Year’s Day when we host Tranmere Rovers at Gigg Lane. I suspect that my long run of not seeing a win will continue as Tranmere are flying this season.

 

Where are we with the fixtures for 2013 ?? Well I am pleased to say that with the exception of around three dates they are all in place. I am hoping that we will be able to publish the list for Under 10 to Under 15 boys teams within the next week to ten days. As always they will carry a warning that some dates may change. There are still some details of festivals that need sorting but I am hoping these will be finalised quickly. I am rather pleased with the way things have worked out and especially that it looks like we will not only maintain the move to have Development teams but will be adding games at Under 12 level as well as Under 13, 14 and 15.

 

I made a major decision just before Christmas. I did tell you that Open Reach have a box just outside our house on Turks Road and that many people had beavered away for the past few weeks installing what we now know is fibre optic capacity. Thursday January 3rd an Open Reach engineer will knock on our door to install said Fibre Optic Broadband in our establishment. The brand new Sky Hub has already been delivered. When the Most Valuable Zoo Keeper in the Universe is busy mucking out her animals it should all happen at lightning speed whilst I can wing across the WWW on my Kingle Fire without it crashing – I hope !!!

 

Enough for now. Unlike many of my previous blogs I have written this one in the morning whilst the Mrs was watching the latest episode of Eastenders post Derek. This has been completed and she is now updating her Zoo. I have Tiny Monsters on my Kingle but still have to access my Tiny Zoo on my smartie phone. A decision will have to be made as to what we will do this afternoon. There will probably be zillions of people in either Bury or Bolton town centres so I suspect we will remain in situ. Having sorted out how to download and read Kingle Books I may settle down with the latest Tom Clancy tale.

 

Just to finish with I must put paid to the rumours flying around the Greenmount area over the past week. Our Danny has not signed as professional for the Brox. The word was out that he had indeed committed himself to Brooksbottoms for 2013. I am not sure who was behind these ugly rumours but I was in the presence of the man himself on Christmas Eve when he had a phone call from a mightily irate 1st XI Captain. He assured Stewie that he was not joining the Brox. Whether he will indeed continue with the Mount is not as certain however. He does tend to change his mind rather often but there was no way he would have coped with the Brox especially as you need to have one leg shorter than the other to cope with the slope.

 

See you in the New Year.

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