Monday, December 27, 2010

Boxing Day Blues

Christmas is a time for families to get together at the feet of the matriarch, even if you're feeling like shit, as I was.

We spent Boxing Day eating a mixture of salad, jacket potatoes, cold turkey and ham, pickles, quiches, pigs in blankets, apricot cheese, stuffing balls, mince pies, trifle, Quality Street, nuts, crisps and our own bile.

"I always enjoy this more than Christmas Dinner," is said every year without fail.

After dinner, the tv recorders are put to work. There's one downstairs and one upstairs.

"BBC1: 6.30, Countryfile. 7.30 Antiques Roadshow. 9.00 Upstairs Downstairs."

"I'll go upstairs and record Benidorm and Deal Or No Deal".

"What about Harry Hill?"

"No, I'm not bothered about Harry Hill."

They have 150 hours of unwatched tv on the recorder. They're going to spend the rest of the week catching up.

We, however, have caught up. Our Sky Plus box is free for the first time in years.

You can judge a Christmas by the quality of its telly. This has not been a good one.


  1. Real pigs in real blankets? That would liven things up.

  2. Mmmm... Bile and Antiques Roadshow. A perfect combination!

  3. ...but what is (are?) pigs in blankets? Toad in the hole?

  4. Tim - Just realised I forgot the coleslaw, potato salad and tinned salmon. The pigs would have loved it.

    Rog - Go together like a horse and carriage.

    Christopher - Tiny chipolatas wrapped in bacon. A delicacy once experienced never forgotten.

  5. I watched this spectacle tonight.

    There’s a commercial and a brief introduction in French to sit through (it’s from Quebec) but stay with it, Geoff, for LA DANSE!

    p.s. 30 seconds or so of this should make you glad you’re in the UK.

  6. Ah. Thanks. Thought it might be. Next stop, devils on horseback.

  7. PS I tried that link of MJ's, but it won't cross the Atlantic.

  8. MJ - The video's only available in Canada. And I thought the world was a great big onion!

    Christopher - There are lots of names for them but pigs in blankets is the most twee.

  9. Apologies, folks.

    I didn't realize that Quebec telly was barred from the UK.

  10. Christopher's in France so even the French have barred it. Probably the Celine Dion factor.

  11. Peepshow and the Royle Family were my Christmas telly highlights.

  12. I used to like the Royle Family but something happened and it feels too sentimental to me now. I've tried Peepshow but I just couldn't get into it.

  13. I hope you didn't miss Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers on Five. It was the highlight of my Christmas.

  14. I was disappointed there was no Harry Hill review of it.