Fight dirty against festive fatigue

Seasonal survival tips…#5 Dig it all better

A new study says time spent in nature builds better communities. What finer way to prove science right than by indulging in a little organic guerrilla gardening and digging your way to a better festive frame of mind.

Requisition a spade from a neighbour’s shed and start tilling the soil in secret for the sake of humanity. Clear away the weeds and feel the festive fog lift inside. Your efforts now could turn that local wasteland by the bus stop into a wonderland. Wear gloves though. Humanity can be unenchanting sometimes 🙂

Silk less serious. That’s the spirit!

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(for more on the study, see  http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/65/12/1141.full )

Party small talk – an (un)festive guide

Seasonal survival tips…#3 Talking therapy

Pick a random topic to introduce to every party conversation between here and New Year. We respectfully suggest the following: loft insulation (unless you’re in the building trade, in which case better make it animals in clothes), stuff you’ve found in skips (unless you’re my husband, in which case it’s going to occur naturally) or rabbits. After a while you’ll become aware of strange looks, at which point you can retreat to the bed covered in coats and lie down quietly with your silk pillow until the taxi comes.

Silk less serious. That’s the spirit!

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