Beginning to feel a bit like Christmas…

So just one more week at work (and a heavy one at that) before I get a 16 day break for Christmas. I’m so tired and ready for the rest. It’s lovely just chilling out at home at the moment especially with the decorations around the house. It’s beginning to feel a bit like….. 

Christmas love to Goa

Happy Christmas to all my readers x Alan

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all of my readers over the past year and thank you for your support; the graph below shows where you all come from. The countries in BOLD are ones that I have previously visited although there are many more (e.g. Seychelles, Guernsey) but I haven’t had readers from those countries yet. When I continue with my Royal Navy page I’ll be writing my memoirs of my travels.

Meanwhile with retirement about a year away I look forward to visiting places I haven’t been to yet and all of those in low case type below are on my bucket list. So if you live somewhere I haven’t been yet please do let me know what I’m missing. Cool Yule x Alan

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United States

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Japan

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GERMANY

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Canada

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INDIA

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Israel

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IRELAND

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FRANCE

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Spain

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Pakistan

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Republic of Korea

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ITALY

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SOUTH AFRICA

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Philippines

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Ukraine

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NETHERLANDS

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NEW ZEALAND

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MALAYSIA

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Norway

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Sweden

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Russian Federation

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Taiwan

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TURKEY

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THAILAND

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Sri Lanka

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GIBRALTAR

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SINGAPORE

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Indonesia

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United Arab Emirates

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Malta

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Saudi Arabia

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Mexico

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Argentina

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ICELAND

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Croatia

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GREECE

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Czech Republic

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Jamaica

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Chile

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Romania

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HONG KONG

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Estonia

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Poland

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Georgia

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Belgium

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Hungary

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Iraq

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Montenegro

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Bahrain

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Portugal

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Switzerland

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Lithuania

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Brazil

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Austria

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Mauritius

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Qatar

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Tunisia

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Bolivia

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Bulgaria

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El Salvador

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Oman

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Barbados

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Colombia

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How to cook a turkey

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So with Christmas around the corner I imagine people are beginning to plan their day, particularly the ladies of our world who very often get saddled with the very rare job of having to cook a great big bird and look as though they’re an expert at the task; notwithstanding the gentlemen who often do the decent thing and wash up afterwards.

Anyway, since I believe Christmas should be fun as well as spiritual, I came across this recipe and thought it might begin the fun part of the process – I’m sure I’ll get a little more spiritual as we get nearer to the big day.

Happy planning for your big day x

Rehearsing for the children’s Christmas party

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My days as a professional musician performing at posh hotels in exotic countries may well be over and I know the memories of those times will never leave me; there’s a few photos on my musician page. But performing for children at their Christmas party carries, for me, the same if not a greater responsibility.

Most folks who know me would probably say I come across as quite a laid back relaxed type of guy and to be fair they are right. But the reason for that is that whatever the stressy event that’s looming I always make sure of being well prepared and know that come the day it will work out. Hence here I am on a private rehearsal program at home getting ready for the children’s Christmas party constantly singing (rehearsing lyrics) in my head regardless of whether I’m driving, in a meeting or in the shower. When I’m not doing that I’m wrapped around my Tanglewood checking I’ve prepped the songs in the right keys and that the chords are firmly placed in my head.

Come the day I will, particularly for the children, be very relaxed and laid back because after so many years of going through my prep process I trust myself implicitly; more importantly I want the children to have a magical mesmerising evening.

Thoughts on Christmas

It’s starting to look very Christmassy at home now that Carol and Francis have put up the tree. I’m really looking forward to it this year because I have six days off and no formal commitments. In the past I’ve usually had half a dozen gigs to get through before polling up home in the early hours of Christmas day tired out of my tree.

As December goes on I guess we’ll all be busy shopping and planning and stuff so, in anticipation, I hope the festive season is brilliant for us all and that we all have a great Christmas.

If I had to find a simple sentence to describe what Christmas meant to me I guess it would around family and friends. In recent months I’ve made contact with both a family member (cousin Jane) and a friend (Saul Aytemiz Taylor) purely through my website here which I’m thrilled about. I’ve also made new friends across the world who have somehow stumbled upon me and become pen friends. Thank you everyone x I really appreciate your comments, sentiments, sarcasm, love and everything else you throw at me x Bless you all x Alan

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