It is Christmas and family and friends are filling the house. Sitting at a screen and meandering into the ether is out of the question for a time.
But speaking of family, here is a picture I saw the other day in a Budapest junkshop:
If your family gets you down this Christmas - or if you are without family - a brief glance at this photograph may be a useful reminder that, actually, things could be considerably worse.
Similarly, if you find yourself feeling solitary and far from friends, you might want to peer at this group of chums. There may be worse things than being alone - a lot of these people look merely boring but the man in the white suit and the man behind him look frankly mad, while the two in the boaters appear to be planning to pick someone's pocket, (the man in glasses next to one of them seems to be in the process of doing so to one of his neighbours):