Simply Having a wonderful Christmas Time

Well my dear friends, I am extremely privileged to have some time off and so I am stepping out of role …. and stepping into Christmas (now have Elton John in my head). Looking forward to time with family and friends, speaking on a Ski Trip and attending a conference.
Talking of Christmas songs (yes, we were .. Elton John, remember? Keep UP) I got some great comedic mileage out of McCartney’s “Simply having …” song. Make sense if you will of this verse:
“The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don’t look down”

Thank you so much for keeping me company here in blogville, on other Social Media and occasionally in actual real life (I guess we might call it ‘actual virtuality’).
I wish you the most blessed Christmas
“…… And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine”

Thank you Mr Betjeman
Back in January

The Future of Youthwork the Conference

Although there is no YC16, the organizers are keen to know a bunch of stuff from you as they think about 2017. If you are happy to answer 10 questions then here is the Portal
(I’m not sure it is a ‘portal’ but it’s such a great word, I really wanted to use it)