I wrote a field-blog, shooting from the hip and on the road blog to wish you and yours the best for Xmas 22. See, Kathryn and me went to my folks for Christmas 22; Alison was there with Betsy, and Michael & Hannah stopped for Christmas lunch and stayed the night, with family in tow. But, that field blog did not get published. Instead, I am writing on Boxing Day with an actual bit of news.

I was part excited about Christmas, part dreading Christmas; the potent blend of a four-year-old, a six-year-old and a puppy with a loud bark means I did not get much peace. But, peace and quiet are not what you get with a family Christmas when there are under-ten-year-olds. I can have my peace and quiet when I am in my dotage.

However, I hope you make a silk purse out of a sows ear with how you spent your day; it can be a challenge for some – it boils down to not being a nob.

My Christmas was spent mainly asleep – it turns out that I have a festive dose of Shingles. This is a bit uncomfortable and pretty minging; blisters appearing on my limbs and stiff, unco-operative joints means that the added confusion makes for a bleary eyed bear of a man.

A quick hike to the Hospital Out of Hours GP and Medication was prescribed to stop the pox.

There is a party on Wednesday that I hope to attend, the Christmas drinks do for the radio station that I am part of – I will be winging it solo this year, boo.

But, either way, as I write this on Boxing Day 22 I wish you and yours the very best for the season. I hope that 2023 is all you hope for and that you get that pay-rise.


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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