The view from the rock

I was beginning to feel a little unfestive this year. Fortunately it’s been a case of another Christmas, another trip to Jersey (handsomely illustrated by my snap of St Hellier from above). Fantastic narration to Cinderella and Prokofiev, some William Tell, a few other nuggets, then on to carols for 800-plus people for the second time in 2 weeks. The Jersey Symphony Orchestra celebrates 20 years in style.

It’s not just that though. Everywhere’s decorated. Everyone’s smiling. There’s a real sense of community, and whilst everyone is out buying gifts, it’s not the crushing crowds of shoppers in one thronging mass you see elsewhere. I arrived a candidate for Scrooge, but go back relaxed, serene and ready for Goodwill and peace to all men. Let’s see how long it lasts!

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