There are only 26 days left until Christmas!
Depending on your general organisation skills and present-purchasing acumen, that statement either fills you with pure unadulterated joy or a creeping sense of dread.
The ‘month-away’ milestone usually sparks off a mad rush to get everything together for Christmas, with gifts, food and all sorts of other little bits to sort out before the day itself.
Taken at face value, the shower is a place where people wash themselves under a pressurised stream of water. Beyond washing, however, the shower has a very-important yet not-often-advertised second function – a stage.
Stepping into the shower for some people is like stepping onto the stage at the O2 Arena; an opportunity to belt out some classic hits and give the vocal cords a much needed work out. Unlike the O2 Arena, there is no audience beyond the one in your head which, unlike real audiences, is always full of praise for your vocal acrobatics.
Yesterday (that’s October 19th 2013, future readers – hello, by the way), something truly remarkable happened – the word ‘selfie’ was named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year, narrowly defeating ‘twerk’ (a topic for another time…or not).
The ‘selfie’ is a beautifully simple concept that involves a person taking a picture of their own face without the assistance of anyone else. Selfies are generally taken on smart phones or tablets and are predominantly taken using mirrors – bathrooms are a particular popular choice of location. After taking a ‘selfie’, it is then tradition to upload the photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other social networks you happen to be using.
As anyone who spent a good five minutes de-icing their car this morning will tell you, winter is well and truly back.