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A year of beard

Over the past month I decided to let my beard grow out. There was no real reason for my decision other than I wanted a change in look and that I was bored of the “rough stubble” look. In the space of a month, I managed to grow a beard that was rather substantial in size and strangely comfortable to wear on my face.

Exhibit A

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As the recent days have passed and the idea of removing the chin warmer entered my mind, I felt sadness at the thought of separation. So, with much excitement, I announced to my family on Christmas that I was not going to shave the beard until, at the very least, December 25th 2015.

If nothing else, I really want to know how large of a beard I can grow in a year. Granted, I’ll have to maintain some sort of shape to it, otherwise it’ll just end up a fuzzy mess but aside from trimming it into shape, it will remain untouched.

For the next twelve months, I imagine that my chances of finding a woman, a “real job” as my family call it and the opportunity of being given social responsibilities will be slimmer than ever……..

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Grab a damn dictionary.

So we have now reached 2014 and 2013 is now over. I have to say that I’m rather indifferent to the whole “year change”

At the end of every year I witness people proclaiming that “next year will be better” and “next year will be different” and while that may be true for many, I don’t buy into it. The only thing I look forward to each year is new Doctor Who, Falling Skies and Comics.

This year I did make one resolution, a first for me in a good number of years. I gave up making resolutions years ago because I always break them within a matter of days. I used to make all the usual ones i.e “I’ll stop smoking” or “I’ll go to the gym more” and that kind of nonsense. This year I decided it was time to make a resolution again, more so for the people around me. I have a reputation of being slightly grumpy at times, and I’m not afraid to tell people when they annoy me. So this year I thought I would make the resolution to refrain from being as grumpy and more so I would refrain from telling people just how much they irritate me.

I am proud to say that two days in to the year 2014 my resolution attempt has so far lasted……..not very long at all. In fact, it lasted all of thirty minutes from the time I woke up yesterday morning.

Why?

Illiteracy, that’s why. Now don’t get me wrong I in no way proclaim to be the most grammatically correct or literate person in the world. There have been a few aberrations on my behalf over the years when I have written something.

What I do proclaim is that I have a basic grasp of the English language. Something which I was under the illusion that most people had a grasp on.

I’m pretty certain that most of you will have come across some of the illiterate people in your lifetime. It seems that now, with the rise of social media and texting, they are increasing in numbers.

At some point in your casual exploration I have little doubt that you will come across the people who do not understand the difference between the word “of” and the word “have” this in particular is a pet hate.

For example what should be a simple sentence such as:
“We should have taken the motorway”

suddenly becomes:
“We should of taken the motorway”

Now, can anyone explain to me exactly how that second sentence makes sense?

There are numerous other examples. Recently I have noticed a substantial rise in the amount of people who seem unable to spell the words “sense” or “angel” instead these words become “sence” and “angle”

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had an angle atop my Christmas tree, I don’t think it would have the same feel to it as an angel.

To sum up what I’m getting at……..I suck at New Years resolutions.

Crying Warriors

The turkeys have been picked to the bones, the oven is resting after working overtime and in a weeks time most if not all the decorations will be hidden away for another 12 months. Yes another Christmas has come and gone, the madness has subsided as now everyone looks forward to New Years.

As I’ve said before, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I go for the family dinner and I respect my family for what they believe in. This year was no different in that respect, except that this year it was a calm and peaceful experience. My eldest sister spent her first Christmas at home with my nieces and nephew and so my parents house was unusually quite. As much as I don’t celebrate Christmas, it goes without saying that Christmas without noisy children and hoards of wrapping paper just doesn’t feel quite the same.

Of course Christmas brought the final outing for Matt Smiths 11th Doctor. As a Doctor Who fanatic since I was able to open my eyes I’ve grown used to the regeneration process but this one hit me a little bit harder. Patrick Troughton was always the Doctor that I rated as number one but Matt Smith stole that position gracefully. I’ve never had to say goodbye to MY Doctor before and it was rather difficult. I do however look forward to Peter Capaldi, a tremendous actor and fellow Scotsman, doing his magic with the part.

I’ve been writing a lot recently, though not on here. I’ve been on an uninterrupted concept fodder with my book and it’s coming along nicely. My biggest challenge at the moment is just trying to keep each chapter interesting whilst still retaining a sizeable novel. I had to do a rewrite of the first few chapters after realising that another character could add another dimension, which although I’m pleased about, was frustrating having to adapt everything to fit in this new character. Hopefully it all works nicely though. Bouncing two characters off of each other is fun, especially when one isn’t quite as cognizant as you’re led to believe. I keep my fingers crossed that the start of 2014 will allow me to finish writing it and start getting feedback on it.

On another note, if anyone hasn’t yet watched “The Desolation of Smaug” then I would suggest doing it at the cinema relatively soon. I think there’s two types of movies – those that you can wait to watch on DVD and those that you NEED to watch on the big screen. Desolation of Smaug is definitely one that you need to watch on the big screen. The cinematography is magnificent and without giving too much away, a river and some barrels for me make one of the best scenes I’ve viewed in years.  Not to mention that Smaug himself is extremely impressive and Benedict Cumberbatch really shows his adaptability at voice work.

Speaking of the Cumberbatch, Sherlock returns on New Years Day and after two years we shall finally find out how our favourite consulting detective survived that fall.

It has been a busy time of year, the annual chaos. For some it’s a time of great happiness and joy, a large dinner and exchanging gifts. Every year I get reminded how lucky I am to have a family who I can go to on Christmas Day, this year was no exception. Every year however I am also reminded that there are those out there who aren’t so lucky, who woke up on Christmas under a box or in a shop doorway. I also realise that this happens to them everyday of the year. Spare a thought for the ones that matter…..

What I will be doing…

It has been a while since I posted anything new on here, part of the reason is that strangely I had nothing interesting to say. The truth is I probably still don’t have anything of interest to anyone to say.

As the world currently prepares itself for Christmas Day in little over a weeks time, the streets are packed of shoppers, the television is crammed with festive programming and the radio stations plough us with the types of songs that you only like at this time of year.

Most people are getting ready for the big day by planning a meal and wrapping presents and are genuinely excited for the 25th of December. I on the other hand couldn’t care less.

I am in no means a person who detests Christmas and I hold no ill feelings towards those who celebrate it joyously. I was raised a catholic and from a very early age I had it drilled into me that Christmas was an important time of the year. Along the strange path that is my life I eventually lost belief in a God of any sort but for a while I still revelled in the Christmas spirit.

For me Christmas holds no place in my life any more and that’s purely a personal decision. I do not preach to people that they should not celebrate something that makes them happy, gives them time with loved ones and gives them that one day escape from the harsh reality of the world.

Most people today look upon Christmas as a time to give gifts and less than half know the real history of the holiday. Truth be told, most people under 25 have no real knowledge of it’s origins. The whole “It’s the day Jesus was born” serves as sufficient reason for people, and why would anyone beg to differ? If you told someone that most of the Christmas traditions actually come from Pagan rituals they will most likely stare at you blankly before googling what ‘Pagan’ means.

Christmas Day for me is just an ordinary day where I get that special episode of Doctor Who to watch and I get to see my family who I don’t see for 364 days a year. They all do what they do as firm believers and people full of faith and I do what I do and don’t disrespect them, I nod and smile and am just grateful that I have family around me. You won’t see me pray or open a gift, you won’t get a Christmas card from me. If you say “Merry Christmas” to me then you’ll get a “Merry Christmas” back. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I would never go out of my way to ruin it for anyone else.

“Don’t you like getting presents” – people ask me.

I like getting presents, who doesn’t? The difference is that I like getting things at a time when I think they should be given out.

I heard someone walk past a homeless man once and without even going into their pocket they turned to their friend and said “He’s not getting anything today, I need to save for Christmas” and that saddened me.

To everyone who won’t be celebrating Christmas this year whether it’s just not your thing or it’s part of a different religion then whatever you do I hope you enjoy it.

To all those who will be celebrating Christmas then have a Merry Christmas and enjoy it.