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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:NOVEMBER/DECEMBER


THE WONDERFUL AND COMPUTERS


“Bah Humbug!”


I can often be heard muttering: “Bah Humbug!” at this time of year. I find Christmas quite difficult, I even emigrated at one point to avoid the madness that is the UK Christmas holiday and even now, we normally leave the country for the festive period. However, this year we are going to be at home.


Let me explain my feelings: In a world where we see increasing suburban poverty and consumer debt, I find it hard to believe people are still suckered into it, following on from Halloween, the Xmas (I hate the shortening) retail marketing machine gets into full swing and before you know it, we’re all being sold stuff we don’t need. Then there’s the windows decorated with pretend snow and


people singing Jingle Bells as they walk down a wet street that before we broke the planet actually had snow falling on it.


It’s madness!


We’ve become so far removed from the reality of our lives and existence within our Eco-system, that we celebrate the birth of Christ by foisting lavish unnecessary gifts on our loved ones. Things they don’t need, which they promptly return for things they actually do want after the festivities have passed. How old am I that I miss the sock with a tangerine and a walnut in that was presented on Christmas morning alongside other more exorbitant gifts such as the Guinness Book of Records, or a new pullover.


However, what has this to do with technology? Well very little really, other than this: If you must take part in this false reality and absurd retail madness, don’t buy your technology gifts before Christmas. Buy your loved one a card with a promise to get them the gift in the January Sales. Large technology retailers are desperate to take your money pre-Christmas because they know they also get another chance as soon as the ‘Boxing Day Sales’ begin but don’t fall for it, wait. Mess up their pre-Christmas profits and get a real bargain after Christmas and preferably after the New Year.


Here’s my recommendation for Christmas: Skype those far away loved ones, wish your friends Merry Christmas on Facebook, then as a family, put the technology down. Maybe go to church, take a walk, give up some time for charity, go knock on a neighbour’s door, share a drink with them, take them a mince pie, interact with them in a real-life way and don’t take your phone with you. Do a good deed, wish someone you don’t know a real ‘Merry Christmas’ and take stock of what you have and where you are, reconnect as human beings and put the technology away for the day!


David Jeffries 016973 61066 • dj@ministryofdoing.co.uk Solving People’s Digital Problems


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Try our exciting new BRUNCH MENU


A great selection of delicious favourites are served daily 9am until 12 noon in The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie. With dishes such as American pancakes


accompanied by bacon and maple syrup, eggs royale with smoked salmon and Croque Monsieur, the new brunch options are a great way to fuel up ahead of a busy day.


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NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH Join us in The Courtyard Brasserie for a great brunch


with live music from our jazz band £24.95 per adult £12.95 per child. See website for full details and menus, booking essential


F ES TIVE WREATH WORKSHOP


Festive Wreath Workshop Sunday 26th November


Get into the festive spirit


and create a beautiful door adornment with the help of Helen’s Herbs followed by a delicious afternoon tea. £65.00 per person


See website for full details Armathwaite Hall HOT E L A N D S PA Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE Booking essential 017687 76551 www.armathwaite-hall.com 16 NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE 420 PAGE 11 WORLD OF DIGITAL


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Festive Dining


Festive 4 course lunch served in the Lake View Restaurant throughout December, with a glass of warm Winter Pimms served on arrival


Famous afternoon tea served daily 2pm – 5pm


The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie serving brunch, tea, coffee, lunch and dinner in a relaxed contemporary setting.


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