As an ice-white Christmas Eve counts the snowflakes towards dawn, robins peck at lardy bird feeders and panicked shoppers maul for the last bird in the shop, I thought I’d take this opportunity to wish all of you a merry, port-soaked Christmas. It is curious to reflect that almost a year has gallivanted by since I made my first, tentative posts here in January. Hopefully I’ve managed to inform and entertain a fair few of you over the course of the last 12 months. Both imperatives will continue be my chief Muses come 2010. To get you in Festive fettle, I’ll leave you with the spooky Carol of the Bells, written by the Ukrainian composer, Mykola Leontovych.