Friday, 5 December 2008
Christmas Cheer Oxford-Style
The other day a colleague asked me what he should buy his girlfriend for Christmas, specifically for their agreed upon cheap present exchange. He was thinking a scented candle. That smelt of mother's day or gift from a distant family friend to me so I suggested a pair of long fingerless gloves or a luxurious scarf from Topshop.
Then, from behind a computer, came this snigger from Competitor Student, "He He, that's funny..."
I said smiling, "What do you mean?"
Competitor Student said, "Just hearing you talk about Topshop in the Department, that's just funny to me."
I smiled in a slightly puzzled way and turned to my friend, but what I really wanted to say was: "WAS IT REALLY FUNNY OR WERE YOU JUST SLAPPING ME FOR NOT LINKING IT TO THE PRE-EXISTING LITERATURE? MERRY CHRISTMAS MRS CLAUS!"