Archive for December, 2009

12 Days of Christmas – more or less…

There was a time when this used to conjure up visions of innocent celebration and festive spirits, only to be replaced over the years by more bizarre, even sad, consumerism. Remember the incident about the Walmart employee trampled to death by rampant shoppers? That was even much earlier in the season, I think, on ‘black […]

Ask not what your country can do for you…

… ask what you can do for your country.” This memorable passage, part of President John F Kennedy’s inauguration address, is perhaps one of the best-known and most often-quoted of our presidential speeches. We are all familiar with that, but where did this passage come from? Was it  a JFK original? Or, did he paraphrase […]