Friday, December 22, 2006

Seasonal Greetings

Right, I am pausing in my prepartions to do a last post before Christmas. I shall have to undergo several hours of armed combat in Tescos later and then will be chained to an oven for the next three days. I will emerge battered and bruised and covered in a sheen of bacon fat on Boxing Day.

I have to say the only thing I'm looking forward to is the Royal Institution's annual Christmas lectures on science, see here, which I have watched every year since I can remember. But then, I am a bit of a saddo, as you know. They are on maths this year, hurrah! I would highly recommend these talks especially to wannabe geeks without a background in science but with an interest in cryptography.*


Hope you all have as happy a time as it is possible to have when confined in a small space with your close relatives and a shedload of alcohol. I will leave you with a seasonal scene courtesy of littlest realdoc (who is so excited she is spending at least 75% of each day standing on her head.)

*You know who you are.

27 comments:

Dave said...

Well, that's lovely. Thank you.

Does standing on your head help with the excitement? Perhaps you should try it (do post pictures).

*Dave smiles smugly, knowing he's seeing his nearest and dearest over the weekend, so that he can eat his Christmas dinner in peace*

paul said...

Ooh, du Sautoy, he's good.

By the way, is that a piano i can see in the background to littlest doc's festive scene? The pedals? Does this mean the realdoc family will be gathered around, singing Hark the Herald Angles Sing etc?

paul said...

angles, angels, whatever

realdoc said...

Maybe they'll sing Hark the Herald Angles at the Christmas lectures, I do hope so.

patroclus said...

Ooh, she means me! Me! I shall be watching the code one, thanks realdoc. I've got his book about prime numbers as well, but, along with so many others, I haven't got round to reading it yet, sigh. Maybe on the train to Cornwall...

You and Mr Realdoc and the little realdocs have a lovely Christmas, I command it!

Ooh, sorry for the effusiveness, I have had some wine.

annie said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours xxx

Valerie said...

I know you mean P, because I'm a *real* geek (though not a math geek), but still wish I could watch them. Fortunately we're spending Christmas with a friend who is a world expert on cryptography! So that'll almost be as good, eh?

Have a wonderful holiday. I plan to try to remember how to sing, edit a literary journal, and watch endless repeats of Green Wing. Ahhh. Now that's a holiday.

herschelian said...

My darling daughter will be glued to the RI Christmas Lectures too - she went to them for real five years running from 9-14yrs and grew up to be a true geek, a materials science engineer. Personally I suspect she may have been swapped at birth, I haven't a mathematical gene in my DNA.
May one and all in the Realdoc household have a very Happy Christmas.

Wyndham said...

Cheers, Realdoc, all the best for Christmas - but where did you get that picture of my relatives?

JDA said...

Ah those Royal Institution Christmas lectures..I can remember years ago when it all started and featured Dr Carl Sagan doing a lecture about the cosmos! it was brilliant.

ziggi said...

Merry Christmas Doc - hope you emerge the otherside in one piece - good luck with the kitchen!
XX

Just off the Tescos - aaargghhhhh!

Mangonel said...

Merry Christmas Realdoc, and everything good to you and yours. Thank you for letting me join in.

geoff said...

Christmas Day's the only day of the year when I seem to drink myself sober.

Is there a proper medical term for that?

Have a good one.

MotherPie said...

Merries and Happies!!!!

Billy said...

Merry Christmas. There's maths lectures on Christmas day? Why was I not informed?

llewtrah said...

I used to watch all the biology and chemistry RI lectures (my geekiness lies in that direction). Maths confuses me, which is why I need Billy.

Have a cool Yule!

JDA said...

Merry xmas Realdoc......Jif

rockmother said...

Hello Realdoc - lemon jiuce is good for removing bacon fat if you get really covered in it!!

Have a lovely Christmas - see you on the other side.

Romo xxx

Betty said...

I had some strange memories of the nativity play I was in this morning. The girl who was narrating it was wearing a pink crimplene dress and wellies. I can remember not being allowed to wear my jelly shoes on the stage, so my mother was really angry with me for having dirty feet.

Erm, anyway, have a happy Christmas Realdoc.

First Nations said...

sliding in under the wire here!
have a great christmas and all those extra bonus holidays (boxing day, boxer rebrellion day, wrestling day, jeer the french day)
XOOfn

rockmother said...

Have you survived Realdoc? Hope so. Happy Boxing Day. Romo xx

violetforthemoment said...

Sylvanian Families DUCKS! Awesome!

realdoc said...

It's all over; the house is empty apart from vast amounts of cardboard and empty bottles, more Sylvanians and a copy of High School, the Musical.
Hope you all survived more or less intact.

llewtrah said...

Yep it's over. Back to the All Bran and sensible meals cos my belt feels too tight.

Dave said...

Congratulations on achieving your first wicket for BMCC, despite the frozen pitch.

rockmother said...

Yes - like the lovely Llewtrah I've just had my first sensible meal - a bowl of oat bran cereal. We are awash with cold cuts, straggling mince pies and an extra Christmas pudding. No one wanted the brandy butter.

ziggi said...

come on you, time to post something different! We're all slowly surfacing and need cures for hangovers, food poisoning, the best way to kill out-laws without leaving any evidence ETC!