Beer! (and other good things)
You don’t have to be my most devoted follower to know my general attitude to the season of humbuggery. In summary, I don’t hold with it. I don’t send cards, I don’t give presents (except to children), and I try hard to discourage anyone giving me such things. If I should happen to get you a present, it’ll be a random time of year, and probably opportunistic.
This year for the first time in many, I’ve had a genuinely pleasant surprise with a present. A coffee-table book entitled simply “Beer” amused me when I first opened it, and I think it’s going to be a delight to have around. Thank you F. !
Also for the first time for a while, I’ve overeaten in company on this day. I know my host is a regular reader (and would probably have been eating meat if I hadn’t been there), so thank you again for a truly delicious lunch and entertaining company.
 Any normal book I’d rather have in electronic form than on paper, as I lack space to store the latter. Music is an exception. The coffee-table book is another, that hadn’t even occurred to me before!