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I'm a 68-year-old disabled amateur writer living and working in Slough in Berkshire in the UK. I began writing in 1996 after having to retire from my career in the National Health Service due to heart disease. I've had a series of heart attacks and two heart bypass operations. Between 1996 and 2010, I contributed regularly to several UK leisure and lifestyle magazines. Many of these articles can be downloaded from the 'ARCHIVE' section of my website. I've also contributed to some television programmes. I'm a member of the 'Slough Writers Group' which is both interesting and informative. At the moment I'm preparing to start writing factual features for magazines. You can see the articles that have been published in the 'LATEST WORK' section of my website.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Wednesdays Wonderings

It was a good evening at my CityLit online course. Firstly, we shared our assignments from last week. Only three of us had completed our 'pitch' to editors. I got good feedback and the tutor Susan Grossman asked me if she could use mine as an example to students on other courses.
We were shown how to get the most out of 'X' (Twitter). I find it very difficult to understand. The first part of our assignment this week was to study 'X'.

Finally, we were introduced to writing a column and shown an example. The second part of our assignment was to write a couple of paragraphs of a column. I wrote and submitted mine this morning.

Here it is:

Bah! Humbug!

I seem to remember that, when I was young, that Christmas celebrations started in mid to late December. However now, it seems to me, festivities begin as soon as early November!

According to ‘The Guardian’: “Residents of Denbigh took to their community’s Facebook page, Town Talk, to largely complain, Grinch-like, that Christmas had come too early.” One angry local wrote: “Much too soon, there should be a date set across the country before any store can put Xmas items out.” Some said they could just about cope with Halloween stock being out – but not Christmas items.

‘The Telegraph’ claims that: “Christmas comes early as shoppers buy festive food and drink in October.” October indeed! Bah! Humbug!

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