This winter there’s simply too much to do in this city – and a lot of the good stuff is insanely expensive. However skating remains fairly cheap, and there are no less than 15 rinks in central London this year (including Somerset House, pictured), which means less crowding. There are also loads of Christmas markets, the German market and the Hyde Park Winter Festival, as well as South Bank events.
A good time, then, to avoid them all and stay indoors with the entire Lord Of The Rings DVDs. Except that the long versions aren’t on Blu-Ray yet! Who screwed up the marketing for Christmas? And there’s the whole vexed mess of 3D films, some with polarised glasses, some with shutter lenses, some with plain old red and green specs, and TVs that operate on their own system.
My personal Christmas viewing choice? (Not regular TV obviously, unless you want to watch Morecambe & Wise and pan ‘n’ scan ‘Indiana Jones again.) Most of these are reviewed in these pages.
Toy Story 3
Meanwhile, with the frozen tundra outside my window, I’m settling down to write some new stories, before booking those rink sessions for a few figure-eights!