Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A White Christmas on Broadway

A new cast has been unwrapped for ‘White Christmas’ on Broadway this year. To find out more, click here.

Delia's Happy Christmas

What would Christmas be without Delia?

Well the queen of cookery writing has a new title out this season, with Delia's Happy Christmas.

Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations, and this year she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes.

Delia's Happy Christmas is the definitive guide to all aspects of cooking for Christmas. This cookbook will actually help you to plan your Christmas festivities to the very last culinary detail, even acting as an invaluable Christmas organiser from reminding you to make your Christmas pudding and chutneys in November to giving you a crucial countdown for the Last 36 Hours.

So what are you waiting for? Go here to pick up a copy for yourself so that Christmas this year can be as stress-free as it must be in Delia's household.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

A Victorian Farm at Christmas

If you missed this the first time round, you have another chance tonight. BBC 2 are repeating the Victorian Farm series and tonight it's all about the approach of winter, with all that that entails.

Watch it tonight at 7.00pm, on BBC 2, or from tomorrow through BBC iPlayer. To find out more about the episode, click here.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Jonathan Green talking about writing Fighting Fantasy gamebooks

I shall be at Ealing Central Library tomorrow, Saturday 19 September, from 2-4pm talking about writing adventure gamebooks.

Find out how I set about writing the brand new Fighting Fantasy adventure Stormslayer and get a special sneak preview of the forthcoming Night of the Necromancer. As well as the talk, there will be a range of activities for children of all ages to take part it and you can buy copies of Stormslayer on the day, and of course get them signed by me.

I've even had some new pencils made especially for the occasion, and the guys at Wizard Books have sent me a suitably ghoulish Creature of Havoc cut-out to set the tone for the afternoon.

And if you do happen to pop along, don't be afraid to say 'Hi!' and tell me The Blog sent you!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Christmas at the Rainforest Cafe

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary to hold your Christmas Party this year?

Then why not try the Rainforest Cafe this December?

You can download their Christmas menu here.

A Cthulhu Christmas

For the Lovecraft fanatic in your life...

Monday, 14 September 2009

Five Impossible Things to Believe Before Christmas

Published this week is Five Impossible Things to Believe Before Christmas by Kevin Scully, ordained in the Church of England and currently the rector of St Matthew's, Bethnal Green.

Here's what the book's publishers, The Bible Reading Fellowship, have to say about it:

Are you looking for a fresh look at things that we sometimes take for granted, skirt around or ignore completely - a dip-in book for Advent that sharpens our appreciation of and wonder at the season?

From the angel appearing to a teenage girl to give her the shocking news of an unexpected pregnancy, to the sudden appearance of mysterious 'wise men' following a star in search of a king, the Christmas story can feel so familiar that we can forget just how outrageous - and, humanly speaking, impossible - its many twists and turns really are.

The author of Into Your Hands presents non-dated Advent reading that combines reflection on the biblical events with wry comment on modern consumer culture. Five Impossible Things to Believe Before Christmas provokes Christians to consider afresh the shock of what we are asking people to believe. Each chapter concludes with questions for personal reflection, exercises for group use and a prayer.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • The wings of an angel: angel visitations
  • Threats to society: the subversive message of Christmas
  • Daring to say yes: Mary
  • The crack in the universe: how does God become a baby?
  • Rounding it off: the star in the east

To find out more about Five Impossible Things to Believe Before Christmas click here.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

What was the most popular girl's name in December 2008?

It's not hard to guess really - it was Holly!

The Office for National Statistics has published its findings and overall, throughout the year, Holly came 22nd on the list of most popular girls' names.

The top ten baby names for girls were: Olivia, Ruby, Emily, Grace, Jessica, Chloe, Sophie, Lily, Amelia and Evie.

The top ten baby names for boys were, in order of popularity: Jack, Oliver, Thomas, Harry, Joshua, Alfie, Charlie, Daniel, James and William.

And a suitably seasonal names for a boy, Gabriel, was a high climber, up 14 places to the number 78 slot.

Free mince pie!

Drop by my Christmas Miscellany blog (the American companion blog to this one) and receive a mince pie, absolutely free!

And keep an eye on the Christmas Miscellany blog over the coming weeks as people the world over start to prepare for the big day.

If you don't believe in God, how can you believe in Christmas?

Truth be told, I'm not sure quite what to make of this.

To find out more, click here.