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A Christmas Haiku

A brand-spanking new notebook from my beautiful girls for Christmas. With a little drawing and a message by each of them on the first two pages. Lucky Daddy.


Pine needles falling,

Children’s fingers rummaging,

Finding only spells.


‘Spell’ is also a Yorkshire colloquialism for a splinter.


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Christmas in Connemara

A little yuletide poem to get you in the mood for the festivities. And to say a big thank you to the 60,000+ people who stopped by to read There is no Cavalry.

If I don’t see you before, I’ll see you on the other side.

Have a very merry Christmas. And if Christmas isn’t your thing, have a very merry 25th of December.


Christmas in Connemara.

© David Milligan-Croft


Have you ever heard the Atlantic Ocean

Lapping upon the shores of Connemara?

With the Twelve Bens at your back

Under a vermillion sky that hangs

Beneath a stark, white daytime moon.


Seeing through the sea,

Onto an aquamarine bed speckled with rocks,

As the ocean galoshes in and out

Of the nooks and crannies

Of an obdurate landscape.


A flock of Little Terns skims the placid surface,

Heading home, over Doon Hill,

To the white sands of Ballinaleama bay.

Tiny islands sink, then resurface,

As a coruscating December sun

Slips deeper and deeper,

Into America.


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The True Spirit of Christmas

I’m not a religious man.

I prefer to measure our planet’s years in billions rather than thousands.

But each to their own. I respect everyone’s right to believe what they like.

For me, Christmas has more of a pagan twang to it than a religious one: Family, feast, festive fun and other words that begin with ‘F’. (Usually involving the family after a few too many mulled wines.)

That, and I get to play with my kids’ toys.

But t’other day, I was out for an early evening walk with my two children, when we happened upon a house that had more lights on it than a Vegas casino.

Some people may think this sort of thing is tacky. Personally, I love it.

And, more to the point, my kids loved it.

We were peeking over the garden wall, like a trio of midget burglars casing the joint when, all of a sudden, a man came out of the house clad in a Man City football top.

I was about to make my apologies for being a nosy neighbour when he invited us into his back garden to view the rest of his neon Xmas extravaganza.

And we weren’t disappointed – Santas, reindeer, snowmen, penguins, sleighs, trains, nativity dioramas, it was all there.

After a few minutes we made to leave, and the friendly man came to his door once again. This time he was holding two presents. One for each of my girls.

I was gobsmacked.

He didn’t want anything in return. He said it was just the spirit of Christmas.

I got the impression that this wasn’t a new thing for him. And that he probably gets lots of passersby whom he invites in to see the full show in the back, and no doubt he gives them a little prezzy too.

This man brought a little bit of sparkle and magic to the neighbourhood and wanted nothing in return. Now that really is, The True Spirit of Christmas.

Here are a few unimpressive shots taken on my iPhone. (Not great in the dark.) Trust me, it looked pretty amazing.

But the most amazing thing of all, was this act of pure giving.

Thank you, Barney and Theresa for making two little girls, (and one old man), very happy.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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