The twelfth day of Christmas has gone, the tree and decorations are down and the cards are all half-price in the shops. We’ve struggled with the crowds in the Boxing Day sales and now we’re struggling to stick to that exercise plan we’ve put in place. We’ve taken the horrendous aftershave to the charity shop and returned anything unwanted that has a gift receipt enclosed. We’re sick of turkey and overindulgence. We’re skint and grappling with the desire to break the resolutions we half-heartedly started a week ago. And in just a couple of weeks, the papers will churn out articles telling us it’s “Blue Monday”, giving us licence to feel even more gloomy.
It’s not all bleak, though. At least the weather’s good for this time of year, if windy enough to make the Beetham Tower resonate. It was dry enough to put your clothes on the line yesterday. And in just a few weeks, we’ll really notice that extra bit of daylight creeping into the late afternoon and early evening.
If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, there is one event coming up that is sure to cure those winter blues with a heavy dose of laughter: Thinking Aloud! This revue, put on by the Levenshulme Players, is full of comedy sketches, poetry and songs that will lighten your mood and have you beaming like an old-style 100-watt lightbulb. This revue has something for everyone. Even – or perhaps especially -- if you’re a hassled parent who has only just recovered from being dragged to the festive panto by the kids, you should come along, switch off, relax and enjoy.
Happy New Year!
Saturday 14th January, 7:30 p.m. Bar M19, 847 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PW. Tickets: £3.
Visit www.levenshulmeplayers.co.uk for more information about the group.