As the modern world proceeds in its helter-skelter T-twentified manner, FB finds that previous years are no longer a sound guide to what he can expect during the Christmas season. Time was when every surface at Chez FB was covered in Christmas cards. But now e-mails, tweets, and other devices have stemmed the once endless flow through his letter box. Those sparkly ropes with little pegs which Mrs FB purchased years ago at an eye watering price remain empty. A sad reminder of Christmas past.
However FB is very happy to report a hopeful sign that this trend is now being reversed.
For less than a week after Fantasy Bob reported in these pages on his and Mrs FB's stressful visit to Hamilton and Inches, the go ahead Edinburgh jewelers honoured Mrs FB and him with not one, not two but 3 identical Christmas cards, separately enveloped and delivered .
FB commends Hamilton and Inches for its full commitment to the Christmas spirit.
Although as Mrs FB observed with a pointed look at FB as he celebrated the opening of the third card , '............not as useful as diamonds or emeralds, but I suppose I've no hope of them................'