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Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays, Have a good one!

— by Alyson Walsh

Photo for the Daily Telegraph by Claire Pepper. Hair & Makeup: Carl Stanley

 

Another pandemic year, another quiet Christmas. We had been tentatively thinking of a trip up north to see my mum but given that Covid rates have been skyrocketing for weeks, we held back on ticket-booking and have postponed for the time being. We’re staying put. Hunkering down and making the most of the time off to watch films, read, walk, listen to music and loll about. To whoop things up, we have a larger than ever Christmas tree (extra decorations required) and a new set of fairy lights for the balcony. Where we’ll be ‘going out’ for a festive drink.

As for Christmas viewing, No Time to Die is out on DVD and this morning Mr TNMA returned from Sainsbury’s with a copy in his shopping bag. Result. I have really missed going to the cinema over the pandemic (I know we’re allowed to but I’m wary about the mask-removal-in-the-dark situation). And I can highly recommend Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, beautifully shot, Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as a nasty bully and it ends with a twist. That’s all I’m saying. (Campion’s 1990 film An Angel at My Table is also available on Netflix).

Another cool Antipodean, Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer – Alone at Alexander Palace is a pared-down, performance on piano. Recorded during lockdown and now available on BBC iPlayer. What better than the maestro singing solo for those quiet moments. Plus, I’m hoping to sign into a friend’s Disney account to watch Sundance-winning documentary the Summer of Soul. Described by Mark Kermode as ‘ one of the best concert movies of all time,’ the film by QuestLove covers the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival and features Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and Sly and the Family Stone.

 

My favourite new Christmas decoration from The Jacksons boutique

 

It’s taken all year but I’ve finally found the perfect replacement for Schitt’s Creek. Drum roll…I give you Superstore on Netflix. A warm-hearted sitcom with a diverse cast, covering current issues in a sympathetic way. It’s excellent. And I can also recommend We Are Lady Parts on Channel 4 and Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws on BBC.

Thank you, as always, for following That’s Not My Age and contributing via subscription. I’m thrilled by your continued support and wonderful, thoughtful  comments. Your positive energy keeps That’s Not My Age in motion.

Wishing you a peaceful, relaxing Christmas. Have a good one! (And don’t miss the latest podcast episode!).

 

 

STYLE NOTES: My old sequinned sweatshirt is from Jaeger London. New sequins are verboten (environmentally) but we can make the most of our much-loved glitz. The cotton sateen skirt from Boden is a cracker. The fancy suede flats from Hobbs are perfect for our Living Room Disco and have just been reduced in the sale. Earrings are from Completed Works and the chunky bracelet is from Pilgrim (shoes and accessories all loaned and returned).

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