Thursday 31 December 2020

The New Year's Eve Ishmael

  "Ring Out, Wild Bells"  by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

 Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Talking of foul disease, the remuneration for G.P.s is so complex  it requires an explanatory book of hundreds of pages. It is basically a system of piece work and expenses. They do not think they are paid enough and their trade union, the BMA, had attempted to negotiate a 14% pay rise; therefore they are most disappointed in the above-inflation 3.9% increase, which will come into force in April 2021. Until then, the average GP net income is £54,220 plus indirect expenses of £24,510 and directly reimbursed expenses averaging just over £60,000, totalling £139,000 on average .

The other 2.6 million public sector workers, including teachers and police are not getting a pay rise. The Chancellor, Ritchie Rich has given them a pay freeze. Again. No doubt they would be delighted to be offered the GP percentage increase. As a reminder, and for comparison purposes, the national average annual wage in the U.K. is £29,600 and the National Living Wage is £8.72 pence per hour.
60% of the GP fee scale comprises:
  • A standard payment for each patient on a GP's list;
  • A registration fee for taking on new patients;
  • Fees for child health checks;
  • A supplement paid to GPs working in deprived areas;
  • A similar payment made to GPs working in rural areas.

Other fees include:

  • Seniority payments - paid to long-serving doctors;
  • Education allowance;
  • Payments to take on assistant doctors;
  • Payments to the practice to recognise local needs or start-up costs;
  • Payments to fund cover when the surgery is closed;
  • Payments for providing health promotion services, and other incentive payments The rest of the fee scale is made up of piece work, including:
  • Minor surgery fees;
  • Night visit fees;
  • Payments for providing contraceptive services;
  • Maternity service payments.
On the 06/11/2020 it was announced that GPs will be paid £12.58 per Covid vaccination jab administered and, to add insult to injury, on the 30th December we learned that GPS are to receive an additional payment of £10 for every care home resident they vaccinate against Covid. Thank goodness our GPS are a fine, altruistic body of men and women, all with a strong sense of vocation. God knows how much they'd cost us if they were in it for the money.

Friday 25 December 2020

The Christmas Ishmael 25th December 2020


I was pissed a lot in the late 'seventies, never really got on top of booze until I was in my forties and realised that there was no law said I had to get inebriated as often as possible.  I remember the moment that I just thought I don't have to do this, I don't even like it;  beer, I fucking hate it, it tastes like piss, worse than piss, all of it, the real stuff and the other stuff, it's all piss.  And the whisky, fuck me, being intoxicated means being poisoned, who'd wanna do that? Who'd wannna poison themselves and stagger around the place being clumsy and stupid and rude and then, the next morning, feeling like guilty Death and cracking-on about what a great night it was, Fuck, did I tie one on, last night.

Anyway, I just stopped.  Really pissed people off.  My late friend, Dick, I'd go to his house, just like normal, for dinner.  I'd still take him a bottle of Scotch or a bottle or two of that pissredwine that he liked and he'd bound up to me and say Ishma-a-ael, what can I get you?  You got a cup a tea, Dick? Cup a tea? Course, right away, I'll put the kettle on.  You can't beat a cup a tea, Dick, there's nothing like it, I'd say;  y'know, one pint of beer is much like another, a gin and tonic is, especially after a couple, much the same as a scotch and ginger or a brandy and soda.  But a cup a tea,  there is nothing like a cup a tea. When you want a cup a tea a cup of Horlicks just won't do, will it?  But if you've got no whisky, then a brandy'll do fine, right? Kettle's boiling, Ish, I'll go and make your tea.
Just stopping booze was easy, same as the fags, there's nothing to give up, you don't need fagplasters on your skin, not if you want to stop.  You just stop.  You just say Oh, fuck that, I'm not doing that anymore;  it's fucking killing me  and I don't even like it, why would I carry on doing this;  am I a fucking lunatic or something?

One of the things, you see, about being a boozer or a smoker is that you're always - fucking always - running out of booze and fags, especially fags.  When we used to be drinkers we always had to get in the car, go down Spar or even further, to the Offy, buy a bottle of gin or something and drink it, generally all of it, more or less at once. You wa' ishe an' lemon? naah,  no worry, ash it comesh, make a double, eh? Ish already double.  Okay, mekkit quadruple double, eh?

 And then there'd be no booze in the house again and, if you weren't drunk enough, after the bottle of gin, you'd have to get in the car a second time and drive, pissed as a rat, down to Spar again.  And if it was too late for that you'd have to crack open some three-week old bottle of Home-Brew-From-Hell Rhubarb wine which we'd optimistically if incompetently made ourselves and which was  a substance whose only purpose on Earth was to give the drinker ruinous, crippling, blinding and agonising diarrhoea -  endlessly recurring  explosions of high-temperature, jet-propelled, bowl-splattering  liquid shit. Le posterieur flambe.  Christ almighty,  the stuff I've drunk, it's a fucking miracle 'swhat it is, that I'm alive in any form at all.

I was invited to a party one night, in Earlsdon, Coventry.  It was two neighbourhood  Jack-the-Lads, doing their understanding  of hospitality.  When I got there, there was one bottle of dry Martini and about six blokes, all already pissed from the pub. What  sorta party is this?  No worries, Ishmael, we're going out for some booze.  A few minutes later I heard an odd, metallic rumbling in the distance and going out for a look I saw these two rolling a metal beer barrel down the middle of the fucking street.  They'd liberated a ten-gallon barrel of Guinness from the backyard of the local British Legion.

How we gonna drink that? I said, back inside;  you need a tap and some gas to pressurise it, either that or an oxy-acetylene tin-opener.  We can shake it.  Waddayamean, shake it? Shake it. You know. Up and down. How's that gonna help? Well, if we shake it and you stick something in the valve, a fork maybe,  and some fucker stands over there with a bucket, it'll spray out, into the bucket.  But it's fucking Guinness, who drinks Guinness? 'Sall we could get at this time of night.
And that's what we did.  Took turns shaking the barrel and drinking the Guinness from the bucket.  Best party I ever went to. 

I was in hospital within twenty four hours, though.  Renal colic.  Renal colic is the worst thing that can happen to you.  You could have your legs blown off and it wouldn't feel as bad as renal colic.  Kidney stones, in case you don't know, are nasty, sharp-edged  little deposits of calcium which build up in the tubes around the kidney.  They're fine as long as you don't get dehydrated - like you do after drinking  Guinness from a bucket - because when you get dehydrated those tubes contract and the stones start to move, inside you, scraping and slicing along.  Renal colic, they call it. It's fucking murder.  Nurses say it's worse than childbirth.  They gave me morphine in the hospital.  And I've never drunk Guinness since.

But when I was properly on the piss, in about '78, I was hanging out with an  Irish waiter, Billy.  Billy was the most accomplished drinker I have ever met.  It was his life, drinking. Oh, he had a wife, Joy and a son,  William - my wee William - whom he loved but who had left him because of his drinking and this only made him drink more.  We were on the piss morning, noon and night, living in that hazy netherworld where you can drink yourself sober, or so it seems.  

One day, anyway, in 1978, I read in the Sunday Times about a wine that was particularly good at that moment and fetching £25 a bottle, a fiver a glass;  this was when a pint was about thirty-five pence;  Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint Emilion 1968,  it was.

This wine snobs' article  rang a bell. Billy, I said, you've got a case of red wine stashed upstairs.........No, fuck off, you're not.......Is it Saint Emilion 1968.......It might be, I stole it years ago from the Highlands Hotel and it's for me and my wee William to drink when he's old enough....But you'll be dead by the time he's old enough to drink, you're bound to be, look at you,  and that fucking witch of yours'll only pour it down the sink, fucking Presbyterian cow, how could anyone call her Joy, miserable, sourfaced bitch like that, Grief is more like it........'Sno use Mr Ishmael, we're not drinking it.....Can we just have a look, see if it is the sixty-eight?    

It was.  And it took me about an hour, to talk Billy into opening a  Just one, mind you, bottle.  I had made him read the article and the thought of five pounds a glass wine just sitting there, in a box, and the pubs being closed and everything, was just too much for him.  He'd been a wine waiter and he knew a little bit, more than I, and he carefully opened a bottle, insisting that we leave it to breathe, Oh, for a good fifteen seconds.

The late Douglas Adams in his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series used to have a lovely turn of phrase, once describing the effects of drinking a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster as akin to being struck over the head by a gold bar wrapped in finest silk.  This first glass of Saint Emilion '68 was nothing like that. It was like Mother's milk, laced with opium, marijuana, chocolate, LSD and the tears of Christ; all the doors of perception were flung  open wide, revealing a scintillating, luxurious universe, warm, comfortable, safe, every breath I took wasn't just a breath, it was a sublime inhalation of pure divinity.  I was flabbergasted.  At a fiver a glass, this shit was for nothing.  At that moment - and ever since - I beseeched God to make me rich, let me drink this stuff every day of my life;  let me clean my teeth in Saint Emilion '68, let me pour it on my cereal, just don't let me go back, Lord, to Brew Eleven, Trophy Bitter or Harp Lager, deliver me from Breakers and Carlsberg Specials.

I have never had that wine since and short of a lottery win, I never will;  it now sells for £550 a bottle,  a hundred and ten pounds a glass.  But I'm really glad that just one time, I drank a case of it.  I don't know what happened to Billy or to the Guinness-heisters.  All those people we used to know are an illusion to me now.

I do know, I understand, I empathise, I resonate with pissheads.  I know about waking up at five in the morning and needing a drink just to open my eyes, and there not being one,  looking at the clock, knowing that the Asian shop half a mile down the road will be open in three hours and I can then buy a bottle of sweet sherry, keep me going until the pubs open.  God loves a drunk and as long as they don't start fighting I can put up with them. I've been a drunk, my brother was a drunk and my sister was a drunk, God loves a drunk and so do I.

The Saint Emilion episode  really did have an impact upon me.  Later, much later, I was in Brittany with Dick and I discovered nice Cognac - Armagnac, actually - and I thought, again, fuck me but the rich know how to live, this stuff is beautiful.

But with one thing and another, these days I hardly drink at all. Instead, I buy booze and keep it in the cupboard.  I just keep it. I'll open something at the drop of a hat if somebody wants it but I rarely touch it just for myself. What I do say is, Go and pick a whisky, open it up and we'll see what it's like.  Doesn't happen often but it does happen.

And it happens because we were invited, a few years ago, to a post-Christmas supper with some ghastly, hideous, misbegotten sonsafuckingbitches that mrs ishmael knew from work; fuckpigs, both of them, claiming that they were deeply involved in the Higher Arts - amateur dramatics, another word for wife-swapping and bondage parties if you ask me, Am-Dram, but why any of them would wanna swap with any of the other ones is a mystery upon which I dare not dwell.  They had briefly, Raef and Sissy - and disastrously - owned a wee hotel on one of the outer isles, one of those places that look, from the air, as though they were floating dog turds. The adverts read: Saucy Sissy will season your steaks.  Raef, anyway, had retained a collection of, I dunno,  three or four hundred single malts, most of them more than half-drunk, some of them just dregs.  And he bored me shitless with phoney arsehole talk about peatiness and smokiness and heatheriness and notes of this and that, holding forth like he was Polonius lecturing Laertes,  the cunt.  And he did this for half an hour whilst I was chewing on Sissy's wretched turkey sandwiches, avoiding the stilton swimming  in port; and he never  even offered me one.  

I heard, years later, that he fell victim to some rare illness, probably one brought on by miserliness and I laughed out loud.  Hope he dies, hope that Sissy takes-up with some other Am-Drammer and that he drinks all the malts.

And talking of malts, it was the malts that got me into buying booze.  Like most people of a certain age the single malt Scotch has been part of my popular culture;  drunk by fictional  heroes and movie-screen action men;  the single malt has denoted discernment, wealth and power, man of the world stuff. I was always more than happy to have a bottle of blended Scotch in the house.  I always remembered my Dad, at Christmas 1960, proud as punch that he had, on the mantelpiece, a half bottle of White Horse whisky and a silver-foil layered box of a hundred Players cigarettes,  it sat there, for a day or two,  the box of fags, like a glistening Faberge egg for poor people.  And he died, at sixty, from all those fags.

The possession of a  full bottle of Bells, therefore, was, for a long time, quite an achievement for me - one of those, y'know, those vile consumerist yardsticks whereby everything's cool just as long as we are doing better than our parents.  Didn't matter what it tasted like, Bells or Grants,  I just poured dry ginger on it, anyway. And then a few years back I was in Ullapool on the Scottish West Coast.  Me and mrs ishmael were there with mr and mrs Dick who were visiting our home in Inverness.

The wimmin went fat-quartering. No, it's not what it sounds like, fat-quarters are pieces of fabric used for quilting at which mrs ishmael is a dab hand and while they went to one of those twee wee shops Dick and I headed for a hotel.  Shall we try one of these single malt whiskies? Yeah, OK, if you want, beats sitting beside you while you're drinking tea.

I had a look behind the bar and a bottle of Dalwhinnie took my fancy, it was just a nice bottle.  We'll have two of them, please and a couple of halves of Belhaven.  When the barmaid told me the price I nearly fell off my stool,  I can't remember now but I think it was getting on for fourteen quid.  You could buy a bottle of blended Scotch for what I paid for these two drinks.  Funny thing was that after we'd been sipping these single malts for a few minutes dear old Dick said to me, Whaddayathink, should we try another one? And so we did.

Before he went back to Birmingham, Dick bought me a bottle of Dalwhinnie.  And I've been buying them and things like them ever since.  As I said, I rarely drink but the single malt, the decent cognac and the decent  red wine, they're nice things to have, nice things to give to people.  I don't have a bottle of wine that cost more than twenty quid, a brandy that cost more than fifty and the malts are about the same. 

 The really good malts, however, or so I understand, we never see in the shops, for the very good reason that no-one could afford them,  they are hundreds of pounds and they go to our new masters, in Russia and China. 
I hope I never get to taste them.

It's funny, I don't need it, but drink remains part of the furniture of my being; 
just having it is enough.
It may well be that, just as I wish on Raef, the AmDram skinflint,  I will never drink these and  somebody else may enjoy them;  the difference between Raef and I is that I wouldn't mind that in the least.
mr vincent said...I could never have that amount of booze in the house. I would be lagging drunk for 2 months and then go out in a blaze of glory. Probably. Either that, or my son and his drug addict friend would nick it.
call me ishmael said...There's beer, too, mr vincent, and white wines and bubbly, probably take you three months. And yet all of it probably wouldn't add up to the cost of a season ticket at a premiershits club.
AnonymousAlphons said...That is a very interesting piece of writing, Mr Ishmael. It sheds a lot of light into nooks and corners that have often puzzled me.It has shed new light on to some of my own behaviour, and that of friends, that I had never really understood.I still think there is only one place to drink Guiness and only one place to drink Konigsbrau.

Bloggercall me ishmael said...Me, too, mr alphons - light, puzzles, corners. I can only figure stuff out by writing it down.That bit below the photo, about even though I barely drank, drink was still part of the furniture of my being, I added that after I first posted the piece and then re-read it. Took me all those words, just to get to that one sentence. 
The above, of course, being another damned mortality metaphor.
Verge said...Hope all those reds are screw-tops, Mr Ish. Corks'll dry out over time standing up, leads to much fucking about with strainers and muslin. Your '68 claret story echoes one told by Bruce Robinson, author of Withnail & I. He & a mate were in rep in the 60's, and used to mooch through provincial antique shops for stuff they could schlepp back to London and sell at a mark-up to the Kings Road ponce-shops. Thwarted one day by the sheer down-at-heel dead-endery of wherever they were working, they went for a drink in thremains of a hotel, soon to close. Fell into chat with the barman, who said there were several cases of wine he was meant to get rid of, but he doubted anyone would want because they were so fucking can guess the rest. Robinson and his mate scraped the money together to buy the lot, planning to make a small fortune selling them to West End restaurants...drank it all in a couple of weeks in a North London squat, takeaways washed down with '45 Lafites. 
call me ishmael said...Cork is a moot point, the noo, mr verge. I have, I think once in my life, had a corked bottle of wine and so it's not something I worry about - although I am hoping soon to make a place in which to lie my bottles down - and so I have been trying to concentrate on buying old, so-called played-out French vineyards' wines which still use corks. I like corks, they're organic. These new world wines, with their screwtops, are made by fucking barbarians, Australians and fucking South Africans, these fuckers still live in the Slave Age and they come over here flogging invented pisswines like chardonnay to fucking hairdressers. Fuck them and fuck their screwtops. And fuck the hairdressers, too. 
If I'd a been in charge of the Falklands War I'd have loaded up a couple of Concordes with tins of Fray fucking Bentos and blitzed Buenos Aires with tins of corned beef travelling at the speed of sound, that'd soon shift the fuckers Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon, what the fuck is that? 
AnonymousDtP said...I probably drink too much and it has made me realise what a chore being a total pisshead must be, serious effort - full time job almost, put your back into it laddie. Now that we've got 17 bins for the binmen to empty into one bin van I wander down the street and see all these glass recycling tubs and think, 'fuck me - Mrs Miggins must have had O'Toole and Harris round for a fucking fortnight or else that Lush is semi-professional' and wonder if my gallon a night 4 nights a week is fucking me up, which it is, how the fuck are these folks managing? 
Also, saw an interview with Gavin Stringer I think, Labour MP for Fuckknowswhere and the only thing I took from it, even though on HS2, was crikey, this man's not been sober for years, he's pissed now but so totally used to it that he's fully functioning, as coherent as he'll ever be but completely wasted - fuck that. Christopher Hitchens, and Damien McBride for that matter, used to say they work better when pissed and when I was a barman old blokes who saw drink driving laws as a modern invention used to say they drove better pissed and then, as now, I think 'well no, no you don't, that's bollox is that, you don't work better or drive better - you just think you do coz yer pissed' but none of my business, really, none of my business at all. Just another bit of harmless bullshit I guess. 
The cider apple quickstep - that sprint to the bog in the morning for detonation of arse dynamite; nice little turn of phrase. Also, just a thing, have you noticed that blokes walk differently when they're going to the pub? Their gait changes, you can spot themDelete
Caratacus said...It is a little disconcerting, Mr. I, to see one's own life history mirrored quite so similarly in another's. I've had an illicit liaison with whisky for these last fifty years and we now rub along together like old lovers who, having gone past the initial heady excitement of carnal pleasure, have now settled into a comfortable co-existence ... I have been known, however, to betray even that relationship by straying into the arms of Pusser's finest, or even the Hellenic charms of Metaxa brandy. God, I'm a fickle bastard :-)Delete
call me ishmael said...I think it's Blokeism, prompts the swagger to the 'pub, mr dtp, that there remains a vestige of exclusive, separate maleness in some public houses. Not that there are too many public houses left. When I visit the Midlands I see that all those fine, large 'twenties and 'thirties 'pubs with oak wainscotting, bars, lounges, snugs, off sales and beer gardens are all either demolished and built over or taken over by chinks, laughing at us as we stampede towards their All-You-Can-Eat-For-A-Tenner-Buffets. I was in one a year or two back, on the Wolverhampton Road, Just east of Warley Woods and I nearly cried. A big old Ansells 'pub, formerly home to generations of generally well-behaved workingmen and women, drinking quietly in a place which was brighter and more comfortable, more exciting than their own homes; now it's one of globalisation's shitholes, paper dragons hanging from its original art-deco wall lamps, its patrons tweeting and fuckwitting noisily and manically, as though their lives depended on the continuation of an imaginary, digitised existence. We are all fickle bastards, mr caratacus, especially you Anglo-Saxon kings.

Bloggerlilith said...Hmmm have to agree about the kidney stones...far, far worse than childbirth. With childbirth there are breaks in the pain, the pain is working towards something good and it is slightly trippy. With kidney stones you writhe around thinking you will pass out any minute, hoping someone will give you some morphine NOW! 
Funny thing about childbirth though, it made me a total lightweight ref: booze. No more flat special brew for breakfast, no more Guinness to get going. As for blended whisky...that just leads to morbid insomnia. 
I recognise your St Emillion 68 experience, or at least am some way there...A bottle of Penfolds Grange can do that to me. A deeper understanding of life, the universe and everything in just a sip. Weirdly, Sainsbury's was selling it by the half case for £500 9 years ago, when I had some money. We still have a couple left. 
Caratacus said...Fickle I may be, Mr. I, but Sasunnach never! Predate them buggers by at least 400 years ...
Verge said...You'll be kicking me up & down the interweb                 superhighway for a pedant, Mr Ish, but the risk to cork from               storing your wine upright is that it'll dry out and crumble at the         first touch of screw. Corked-as-in-tainted wine is another thing         entirely and pretty vile when you get it - just bad luck I think.             Good for you Ms Lilith, that stuff is a fine memory of mine from       when the local Oddbins had it for £25 a bottle. Mid 80's I'd             guess. (There's a tremendous wine-shop in Monmouth that specialises in red burgundy, and not the wallet-fucking plutocrat shit either.)
Bloggercall me ishmael said...OK, that's me told. As soon as I can stand-up a bit longer I'll dig a fucking cellar and lay the wine down. There's one already here, somewhere, under one of the staircases, I think. I think, too, that they live differently down in the West Country and Ms Lilith has more fun than the rest of us.

mr ishmael's essay and his chums' comments were

RED, RED WINE.            published 31 October 2013

The lobsters are on the move out of Kent now that the French are over their little tantrum.

The two-fingered salute or V sign derives from a gesture made by English longbowmen at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The origin story goes that English archers believed that the French cut off the index and middle fingers of their captives so that they could no longer operate their longbows, and that the V sign was used by uncaptured and victorious archers in a display of defiance against the French. 

The snow gates were closed on Christmas Eve, in Aberdeenshire.

Even now, 20 years an exile in these far Northlands, those words thrill me. The very idea of snow gates, the whole concept of snow so deep that there are measuring poles by the side of the road to guide the traveller, seem ideas strayed in from another reality.
Staving off the cold and dark, this mid-winter festival of fire and light and gluttony, this Baby God that we worship together with Dionysus,

this giving of gifts, this celebration of sex,  

this revelry, this life, this renewal, this earth turn, this return of the sun that almost left us - that's the true meaning of Christmas.

 Even now
I mind the coming and talking of wise men from towers
Where they had thought away their youth. And I, listening,
Found not the salt of the whispers of my girl,
Murmur of confused colours, as we lay near sleep;
Little wise words and little witty words
Wanton as water, honeyed with eagerness.

Chauraspanchasika: Black Marigolds (an extract)
E. Powys Mathers


Merry Christmas, Ishmaelites  

Thursday 24 December 2020

Time to put the sprouts on, Mother


Right, the solstice is over, the sun summoned back, the bonfire stamped out, so its time to get dressed and put the sprouts on to simmer, Mother. There's only 48 hours of boiling time left.

Yes, I know it was fun, and you have a spell simmering, but it is too bloody cold for lingering, the Great Conjunction has been and gone and there's some serious cooking to crack on with. Here's a classic recipe from Stanislav, the Young Polish Plumber:


Try and have right good fucking English Christmas round here.  Watch Jamie Bloke on telly and copy everything just right.  For soup is surprise a la Jamie.  Go in garden pull up handful of weeds from ground,  is ok leave some dirt on weeds, is organic soup,  innit,  go back in house and kick oven for good luck and get half kilo of garlic and smash up  with dirty old brick.  Have a break and pick nose for a minute,  tell cockney joke about My Old Mum.  

 Mmmm,  smell all that lovely garlic.  And then get some red hot chilli and smash with brick,  not too much,  just enough.  And then get ten pounds per litre olive oil off Sainsbury shop and pour some in jug.  Assemble all ingredients and season all up with half pound of cayenne pepper and half pound of vindaloo curry powder off Sainsburys.  Take weeds and oil and garlic and chilli and anything else you got lying about and throw in machine and give good fucking blitzing for minute or two till is right sloppy -  everything, weeds, garlic, oil and curry powder is one delicious and appetising grey-green mixture.  Wipe finger on arse of jeans and stick in soup.     Mmmm, is fucking miasma of friendly flavour  and texture,  'Strewth, fair leaps up from bowl and tickle under fucking chin, eh.? Pour in bowls and serve cold with handful of weed ripped up and thrown on top.  Mmmm,  is delicious and  is guarantee family will go mad for it.  Can make six month in advance and store in garage with coal.  Season to taste.
Next up is turkey.   Jamie Bloke says go down local turkey farm and kill bastard with own hands.  Is right organic.  Meaningful, like in fucking Guardian.  First chase after turkey in mud and shit and grab bastard by legs.  Mrs get one end and stan  get other end and twist like fuck, pulling like tug of war,  knack is to twist and pull just right and snap turkey neck. 
 Often bastard break free and bite and fucking squawk and shit and run around  and is back to square peg one.  Stanislav make rugby tackle on fucking turkey and bastard still won’t stop still and get killed.  Go back in van and get biggest in set of Stilson wrench and chase turkey bastard all around,  land blow on bird now and again but often is just fall on arse in mud and turkey shit.  Go back in van and start up engine.
Not much damage in the end, is just bumper and headlight and radiator all smash up but turkey is good and fucking dead, crush between van and wall;  not bite no other bastard.  Pay farmer hundred quid for turkey and hundred quid for wall and hundred quid for field all ploughed-up and hundred quid for not phone cops and hundred quid for  RSPCA.   Fuck me, thought plumbers was bad.  But five hundred quid for smelly old turkey about ten years old and made from leather and  most is all fucking claws and  feathers and shit. And have to pay cousin small fortune to fix up van with iffy parts  off eBay.  Still, organic make better citizen, like Mr Blunkett wants.  Only not  take turn with Mr Hoggart off Guardian and fuck other bloke Mrs and get kid. Too fucking organic for most folk.
Anyway,  get turkey up on table and splash liberally with white spirit off Sainsbury or petrol  from Sainsbury garage will do if not got any spirit  and set on fire until feathers is all burn off. Is best open windows.  If no spirit and no gas is best  cover with grated firelighter and light from other room. No need for too fussy.  Is Christmas and feather,  like run out of money, is Xmas  custom. Rub both hand vigorously down jeans and slap dead turkey on breast and stroke,  going,  mmmm just look  at that,  mmmm, just look at that.  Only  lightly season  - put few handful  of black pepper and couple of kilo of rock salt up turkey jacksie and pound or two of  ripped up weeds from garden,  hedge clippings from summer will do,   and few tube of squeeze garlic paste off Sainsburys.  Not bother with pull insides out.  All adds to great organic flavour.

Now is best part.  Go in garden with wheelbarrow.  If poor and not  got garden,  never mind, go down park, is open at Christmas,  full of wino and incognito crack prostitute from Cabinet and children shoot and stab  each other but never mind, is Christmas,  eh,  in prosperous,  cautious,  prudent Britain.  Anyway,  make plenty shovel of dirt in barrow and mix in smooth paste with couple of gallon of water from pond  and season with several kilo of garlic smash with brick and few jar of strawberry jam from Sainsburys.  Is good friends, garlic and strawberry, reassures  Jamie.  Make delicious mix of flavour on top of  dead turkey.
Go back in house and prepare turkey for oven  by putting in big fuck off dish and pour over tasty and flavoursome mud crust.  Get brother-in-law, Waldemar,  away from Christmas with Clarkson Video - Oh, this car go so fast my hair catch fucking fire,  Oh, this car so slow get overtake by fucking glacier;  Oh,  Birmingham is shithole; Oh, you might think I am fat useless repetitive overpaid BBC cunt. But you’d be wrong.  Waldemar help shove turkeybastard in oven,  kick door with foot and weld-up tight with gear from van and roast at  five hundred Celsius, Gas Mark 20, for several days. Maybe a week. Maybe fortnight.  Remove when cooked.
Unfortunately, family say not eating that shit, Stan. You can be organic as fuck,  we is off down McDonald,  get decent,  honest fucking mechanically reclaim turkey burger made of eyeball, foreskin,  arsehole,  beak and fucking feather and come with salty,  powdered chip with large Coke and apple pie to incinerate fucking gob,  complete with have nice day greeting off poor fucking miserable pimply bastard wish he was fucking dead, roasting in Hell,  rather than togged-up in stripey shirt and cap on head.  Even with howling smelly regiment of spoiled little bastards all having birthday party and poor old cripple mopping fucking floor, McDonald is better.  Fuck this organic shit.  Is not fit for decent person.  Only for  cockney ponce on fucking TV.
Must admit Turkey en croute with dock leaf and Bisto sorbet not best ever family Christmas dinner.  Maybe next year take advice from  fish and chip bloke in Cornwall.  Dig big fucking hole in garden, throw in firelighter and stick and coal and roast alive some poor fucking crab and lobster and eat with fingers. Dance about singing I do like to be beside the seaside.
Always assume of course that there is fucking Christmas next year and not all in  fucking NewLabour workhouse, nation of fucking homeless, vagrant dossers, line up for free soup off Salvation Army U Like.  Economic miracle, Phase 2.
Musical Interlude - not a carol