My Christmas run-up finally started this weekend, although not until I’d got through a seminar on face-processing (how it works in the brain) on Friday evening. I know. Friday evening. How uncivilized is that? The irony of swotting-up on face recognition is that I am extremely bad at it. I recently took a ‘face memory’ test and immediately got a very keen email from researchers – “Dear Victoria, it seems as if you might have a problem with face recognition, would you like to come in….” My immediate reaction was to feel vindicated: it’s not my fault I can never recognise people (including, once, my own father). Then a friend said I reminded him of the Rab C. Nesbitt sketch – the one where he says it’s not his fault he’s fat, it’s genetic, he was born, “a greedy bastard.” (Thanks, David).
Anyway – CHRISTMAS. Friday night was a Cornish Pasties & Carols party with old uni friends (still no clue as to HOW the Flying Pickets made it onto the song sheet). On Saturday I bought a wreath and some sparkly stars and put them up. And on Sunday I had a Christmassy lunch with a very dear friend who was passing through London, then, later, a couple more called in at my flat for a present exchange and as we sat drinking tea and eating salted pistachios, the voices of a group of properly good carol singers came drifting down the street and we opened the windows and leaned out into the cold night to listen to them.
I’ve yet to do the Christmas wine buy-in, although my big Christmas list has already appeared in the Telegraph – you can fnd it here. Apparently the Lea & Sandeman claret has been selling like hot-cakes. But there are more…when I put that list together I didn’t know about the very competitive promotions Tesco has on this week.
Tesco has 20% off if you buy 3+ bottles from its *finest range in-store (you have to buy 12 bottles to get the deal online on Wine by the Case) and a couple of my old favourites are double-dipping to prices that might make you want to leg it to the nearest branch.
finest* Limoux Clochers Chardonnay 2011 France (£5.99 down from £6.79 then £4.79 on the buy 3+ bottles deal which runs until 31 Dec) I’ve long been a fan of chardonnay from Limoux in the foothills of the Pyrenees and this one’s a lovely all-rounder.
finest* Prosecco NV Italy (Deal starts on WEDNESDAY, £6.99 down from £8.99 then £5.59 on the 3+ bottles deal which runs until 31 Dec) Ah, prosecco. The light-as-air, sparkling pick-me-up, and only 11.5%, blissfully. This is one of the two best widely available proseccos. The other is Waitrose’s San Leo, which has more flavour and is currently on promotion at £7.79. That’s Christmas and New Year parties sorted, then.
*goes off, humming…a ray of hope flickers in the sky, a tiny star, lights up….*