Review: The Just So Stories

Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day. Mine was full of Christmas Pudding and Turkey and Family and Wine, and was generally all-round lovely.

I just discovered a review of The Just So Stories in the Hampstead and Highgate Express. You can read it via the Internets using The Ham and High e-edition. It’s in the section called etcetera.

Can’t be arsed? Here’s the short version.

Three stars. “The little ones are entranced throughout.”


The show finishes on the 3rd January, so I shall very soon now stop banging on about it and return you to your usual diet of incisive analysis interspersed with bouts of rambling nonsense. Until then, you can buy tickets here.

9 responses to “Review: The Just So Stories”

  1. Jez: Thanks!

    And in answer to your question, basically: What Phill Said.

    Christmas is an absolutely brilliant holiday. There’s presents, and lovely food, and catching up with friends and family, and telly, and chocolate, and booze, and love.

    Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate something like that?

    Might as well ask why the Christians celebrate a holiday that’s pagan in origin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. yeah, but that’s not what it’s celebrating. that’s just having a nice day. why not pick one day a month to do that anyway and have 12 “christmas’s” a year?

    same question to christians celebrating pagan festivals and jews celebrating christian ones. just seems a bit odd to me and something i was wondering about is all…!

  3. Because everyone else is doing it at the same time. A celebration by yourself isn’t a celebration.

    And it’s very difficult to celebrate something like, for example, the nights starting to grow shorter again, at any date that’s not on or around late December.

    Which is what it’s really about, no matter what trappings you use.

  4. well yes. a celebration does mean other people joining it. that’s kinda what i meant. but don’t really get the nights getting shorter thing? what’s all that about?

  5. December 21st (on our current calendar) is the date of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere – it’s the day when the nights are as long as they get, and the days as short.

    (In the calendar in use in the Roman Empire, the solstice was on December 25 – This is not a co-incidence.)

    It’s the darkest part of the winter, and is celebrated in many cultures and religions as, in the wise words of television’s Doctor Who, the time when we’re half way out of the dark.

    Solstice-related celebrations are therefore usually concerned with the return of hope and the promise of better things to come. You can find a list of Solstice Festivals on Wikipedia.

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