Hello all and welcome to this Christmas edition of The Nubian Times and, essentially, the close of 2017.
Firstly, let’s give huge congratulations to Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Hahaha, that’s an end to the supposed blue bloodline. Although I suspect that ended years ago. I can’t help but wonder, how many African / Caribbean meals will be offered up at the palace in future! Maybe some Jollof rice or some curried goat or rice and peas and chicken. Ey, don’t come at me; Prince Harry proposed when they were preparing some chicken – and you know that was probably jerk chicken.
Well what can I say about this year, never a dull moment and at times more than I could physically bear. We don’t have to go into detail, but racists are still alive and well thanks to Brexit, the US police force and Trump, to name a few.
Now, for you guys who have known me from day dot, I love Christmas and the entire festive season but this year my patience is running out, quite literally. This year I have nowhere to hang my festive hat as I’m in between abodes. So, all the 5+ Christmas trees I own, will have nowhere to twinkle. Yes, you heard me five, there’s no shame in my game, people. Make sure your trees are up as soon as possible, as it will get you in the festive mood.
Let’s do a Christmas check-list: Cards sent including those abroad, food shopping, more importantly alcohol shopping, desserts bought? Try to do a little better than just mince pies and Christmas pudding; try something new. Bought all the in-laws, family, friends and work colleagues gifts?
In this month’s edition of ‘The Nubian Times/ TNT News’ newspaper you can hope to find lots of festive cheer on the front page with where to go on a Winter-Wonderland hunt for Father Christmas at Santa’s Grottos in Manchester. The upcoming wedding sweeping the nation and world by storm – Harry and Megan. However, sadly a family double tragedy of a Manchester Arena attack teenage survivor and her grandmother. We highlight the kindness, peacefulness and inspirational nature of the teen and her family.
Additionally, we know that life is about narratives and we have fabulous Christmas books for you. There is also some great theatre in the city this Christmas, with the first-ever all-black cast production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre. We’re giving you nuff jokes with Michael Dapaah’s success with ‘Mans not Hot’. Remember, even a member of parliament quoted his catchphrase in the House of Commons. He’s made it, but he is still not hot, though.
Anyone still going midnight mass? – That’s to all the Catholics out there! It’s an age-old tradition. “If you know then you know but if you don’t know now you know”. For all those who don’t celebrate this festive season, whether Muslim, Buddhist, Rastafarian, I wish you good health and prosperity in 2018.