Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

New Year's Eve and I'll Be under the Sheets with Bill Bryson

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

New Year's Eve and I'll Be under the Sheets with Bill Bryson

Article excerpt

WILL you be staying up late tonight? Seeing the new year in with a glass or three of your favourite tipple?

Will you be partying, singing, dancing? Lifting your knees up?

No...? Well maybe at least eating and socialising until midnight?

Good luck and happy new year to you, I say.

I'm saying it now because I will be tucked up in my bed by 9pm at the latest... 9.30pm if I'm feeling a little more frisky than usual.

While I will not have a cup of warm cocoa and an Arrowroot biscuit on my bedside (won't get to that stage for another decade I hope) I will definitely be under the sheet with the air-conditioner on, my sleep mask on top of my head ready to be pulled down to close the day off after I've read a page or two of my book (reading Bill Bryson's Road to Little Dribbling at the moment, good fun because he laments about his aging bones too).

That is my New Year's Eve. And I am happy with that.

When you reach a certain age - around 45 - New Year's Eve has lost its sheen. …

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