Alison's Diary; HEADACHES, Shakes and Pains All Round This Week. in Dave's Case It's the Flu - in Mine, Too Much Christmas Cheer. Well, Someone's Got to Get into the Spirit of the Thing, What with Dave Laid Up in Bed and the Wee Man Asking If Santa's Really Real. the V.(Features)

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Alison's Diary; HEADACHES, Shakes and Pains All Round This Week. in Dave's Case It's the Flu - in Mine, Too Much Christmas Cheer. Well, Someone's Got to Get into the Spirit of the Thing, What with Dave Laid Up in Bed and the Wee Man Asking If Santa's Really Real. the V.(Features)


Byline: ALISON CRAIG

MONDAY

THIS will be the last year that Santa is a big part of our lives, I suspect, as the inevitable questions are raised. "Kane says Santa is just your mum and dad," Louis blurted out the other day as my car boot groaned with stocking fillers. "Well, if you don't believe in him, he won't come," I said, trying to make light of it. I got away with that one but it was considerably harder when walking down Buchanan Street in Glasgow and he spots a Santa stotting around with a bottle of whisky in his hand. "What's wrong with that Santa?" he asked. "Oh, he's just a bit tired of all that present-wrapping," I answered, upping my pace to a jog and trying to avert his eyes as Santa lunged at one of his assistants, intent on a snog.

TUESDAY

SERIOUSLY considering going to buy a nurse's uniform. David has been bedridden now since Saturday with this terrible flu. He is burning up or shivering cold with all the other associated symptoms. Poor soul. After filling him with hot drinks and paracetamol, I make up the sofa bed in Louis's room and David officially enters quarantine. I'm supposed to be at the biggest champagne fountain in the world record attempt in Edinburgh but am at home heating up soup and trying not to look grumpy. Failing.

WEDNESDAY

HAVE a six-second instant tan booked - the Jennifer Aniston tan thing. I met my chum Fiona the other day, who looked as though she'd been on a palm- fringed beach for four weeks. "It's the instant tan," she said. "Which one?" I asked, having painted myself varying shades of orange over the years. She explained that you go to this salon and whip yer clothes off. I told her saunas weren't my thing but she cuffed me round the lug and went on to say you get a fine spray of fake tan puffed at you by a machine, which develops into a golden brown skin covering and turns you into a bronzed sex goddess. And it works!

THURSDAY

OFF up to Aberdeen to present the afternoon show tomorrow for BBC Scotland. A dangerous time of year to head north, as it coincides with the Aberdeen girls' night out - aka the Wild Women of Wonga. Just to warm up for tomorrow, decide to have a quiet drink with my chum Kim to celebrate her new home. We meet in Revolution for a quickie. Things soon spiral out of control. I think it's because I've been in the house looking after a sick man for days and Kim has been trapped in the house with two small kids. We are a couple of social timebombs and we go off. Not content with one bar, we then go to another and another and eventually we mosey along to Cafe 52, where we continue carousing, drinking and - far too late in the day- line our stomachs. …

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