Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year: A mono­logue

The McLeod River Post - - News - Ian McInnes The McLeod River Post

To all of our read­ers we wish you a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year. We are not be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and make no apolo­gies for it. Our cul­ture that we were brought up with is that this time of year is Christ­mas and New Year and that’s it. If we were liv­ing in an­other land with an­other cul­ture, we would, of course, re­spect that one, and pri­vately do our own thing.

In our view, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has got way out of hand. More re­spect and tol­er­ance all round please. If there was more of that in the world maybe we could stop killing each other for be­lief or grind­ing the lit­tle guy down in the pur­suit of a buck. After all, you can’t take it with you.

If you’re trav­el­ling on the win­ter roads over the fes­tive sea­son please take care be re­spon­si­ble if you’re plan­ning on hav­ing a drink, don’t drink and drive and us­ing a mo­bile de­vice is a just plain no.

On the topic of mo­bile de­vices maybe just set aside some time to leave them alone and ac­tu­ally talk to peo­ple. You may be sur­prised at the re­sults.

My cell­phone com­pany is of­fer­ing points now. I have points but there is noth­ing I want to spend them on. I could get a pen­guin shaped Blue­tooth or a selfie stick with a mir­ror on it. Fan­tas­tic, I may never want for any­thing again.

In fact, the older I get the less stuff I seem to want and ac­tu­ally do, sell, give away or take stuff to the dump all of the time. Is this a clear­ing out process that one goes through in prepa­ra­tion for ter­mi­nal down­siz­ing? Have I started too early? Will I have to get more stuff to sell, give away or take to the dump to main­tain my habit? Time will tell. Per­haps my crap de­tec­tor has kicked in.

Any­way, I di­gress too much. Go out, stay in, be with those who love you and with those you love, eat and drink within your lim­its and be as happy as you can.

June McInnes The McLeod River Post

To all of our read­ers we wish you a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

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