Greetings from Brighton. I’m staying with my brother and family over the Xmas holiday, but off to visit friends in London and Essex for the New Year.
Compared to our laid back Kiwi Christmas, here it’s full on. Every tv programme and advert is geared to the big day. In the shops, its mayhem as people rush around buying last minute items. When I lived in the UK it was busy, but nothing compared to what I’m experiencing this time.
The weather doesn’t feel much like Christmas with an abundance of grey skies and drizzle. I wonder how people cope when it’s over and they head back to work. January and February here are horrible, I remember the cold and standing for buses, or sitting in stationary traffic.
My time in the UK is drawing to an end. I’ve had an awesome time meeting up with old friends and seeing family but I’ve begun to long for the sun and NZ! I would never have said this 11 months ago when I left!
Yesterday I watched a programme on tv called ‘Naked Attraction’. I like to think nothing shocks me, well this did! The presenter is the only person who remains clothed throughout the show. It begins with six men/women in clear boxes hidden by a screen which as it rises exposes their bodies from the feet up. Yes, everyone of the contestants is completely naked. The object of the show is for a man or a woman (clothed) to pick a partner. The participants are quizzed about their bodies what they like or don’t. There are close ups and I mean close ups of male and female genitals and breasts. The screen gradually rises during the programme to expose more flesh. The contestant’s get eliminated because their breasts aren’t pert, or they don’t have a muscled torso. At the end of this horrible show the winner goes out on a clothed date with the person who chose them.
I watched the reactions of a couple of women who were eliminated. One was very close to tears as this guy made unkind and cutting remarks about her body. Why would anyone go on this show? Imagine walking down the street and being recognised afterwards? I hope it never, never sees the light of day in New Zealand.
On a more positive note, my grateful thanks to everyone who has read my newsletter, emailed, texted or message me over the last year. When I’d hit a rough patch, I’d read them again and they’d inspire me to keep going.
As for my writing, I haven’t exactly been prolific only writing two short stories, but I have regained my inspiration and enjoyment of life. I have the plots and ideas for an amazing 18 books!
Best wishes for an excellent, successful and most importantly healthy New Year.
The newsletter will return in the middle of January.