Digest: December 2019

The last digest of the Old Year, the Old Decade, even, and December 2019 was busy with work and getting ready for Christmas. Now Christmas is over and there is just a great sigh of relief. I was in Morrison’s on Boxing Day and the music was normal, cheesy pop, not Slade or Wizzard or Mariah Carey or anyone else. Bliss.

On Saturday 7th December I went to see Hibs play Aberdeen. Jack Ross’s green and white army won 3-0. Braw.

The following day I spent the day around Glasgow with my dad. The Santa Dash was on as I headed to meet him at Queen Street and my spirited march was captured for posterity by the BBC Scotland cameras filming Inside Central Station at Christmas. We went to Kelvingrove and there was a pop-up orchestra on the go, which was glorious, making excellent use of that fine building and its acoustics. We also went to Street Level Photoworks and its excellent exhibition of Glasgow photographs by Oscar Marzaroli, featuring parts of the city which are no longer there.

On Tuesday 10th December I went to see Gremlins at the Glasgow Film Theatre, which was the monthly autism friendly Access Film Club film.

Friday 13th December saw me doing a bit of shopping. In between times I managed a look at the view from the flagpole at Queen’s Park, as well as a rather fine mural on Drury Street.

Sunday 15th December was a busy one, football then a Christmas night out. The football was at Celtic Park and it was as nauseating as ever. Celtic are very cringey and the combination of Christmas songs, Celtic songs and Celtic Christmas songs nearly put me over the edge. My meal out was nice, though.

I managed a trip out to Aberlady Bay on Friday 20th December, getting a wee while walking along the beach as the light faded. The football later was dreadful.

Sunday 21st December involved running a couple of errands in the town. Between the errands I managed a walk along the riverside, a wee bit of street art spotting and a turn around the Necropolis.

On Saturday 28th December I went to Durham, via Carlisle and Newcastle. Durham Cathedral was glorious as ever, just right for my mood that particular day.

This month also saw the annual Best of 2019 and Books of 2019 posts so have a read at them.

On Sunday 29th December I went to Livingston to watch Hibs. They got beat. It was awful.


Tuesday 31st December is usually a day I like to go somewhere. I don’t really do New Year yet it feels right to see the last light of the year while out and about. I went on the bus to St. Andrews. It was bright, cold and utterly glorious walking by the sea there.

December’s Scots word of the month is ‘thon’. As in, ‘aye, thon ‘hing’, or yes, that thing. I’ve also encountered it in Derry Girls recently so there may be an influence from over the water too.

January will be busy with getting back to work, a couple of planned trips to Newcastle and Dundee, plus life in general. I’m looking forward to it, strangely.

Thanks as ever for reading this December digest. Loose Ends returns on Wednesday and the Saturday Saunter will return on Saturday, naturally enough. Until then, have an excellent month. Toodle pip.

Posts this month –

Digest: November 2019

Loose Ends: Espedair Street

Saturday Saunter: Hate will never win

Ruling passions

Loose Ends: Glasgow Central Station

Saturday Saunter: Normality, podcasts, women’s football and boys in high heels


Loose Ends: Kibble Palace

Saturday Saunter: Radio, being an OU student and books

Short on time

Best of 2019

Books of 2019


10 thoughts on “Digest: December 2019

  1. I can commiserate with you on the Christmas song thing. They start playing them here in the States at Thanksgiving (if not before) and sometimes you can still hear them in the few days following Christmas. It gets very nauseating! I do love Celtic music, though. In fact, my Spotify playlist for Christmas was mostly Celtic in nature. 🙂

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  2. Alli Templeton

    Happy New Year Kev! Although I’m taking a bit of a break from blogging at the moment – pressures of study and other commitments taking priorities – I just wanted to drop in to wish you all the best for 2020 and to say how much I enjoy your blog. It’s been another busy month for you too, by the looks of it, and I love those coastal photos – wish I’d been there to enjoy the walking and the views too. And that street art is phenomenal. It must make a huge impact when you’re standing in front of it.
    Hope the OU work is going well and it’s been good to compare notes recently. I’m up to my ears trying to catch up from the Christmas break and my kids don’t go back to school until Wednesday. It’s a real challenge.

    So, for now, enjoy the start of 2020 and look forward to being in touch again soon. All the best.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Alli! Life is always the priority and the festive time definitely can be stressful. I enjoy your blog too. I certainly know more about mead than I did before! Take care.

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      1. Alli Templeton

        Thanks Kev. So glad you enjoy my blog too, and your comment about your mead education really made me smile! Looking forward to being back in touch as soon as life permits, and thanks for your understanding in the meantime. Here’s to a great 2020 for all!

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