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Happy New Year!

Happy 2016

And for those who haven’t read it – or would like to read it again – the short story to cure all hangovers, A New Year’s Drink:

“I hate New Year,” Señor Alvarez grumbled, as he struggled to uncork yet another bottle of wine. “It’s always the same. People I haven’t seen since God was a boy waltz through the door making out they shop here all year round. They pick up a loaf, promise to pay me at the end of the month, and think that entitles them to a glass of free wine.”

The grocer’s grandfather had always marked the first day of each New Year by inviting customers to a tipple. His father’s blind adherence to the practise had made it a family tradition. An extravagant and wasteful family tradition its latest heir felt powerless to change.

“Half of them I don’t even recognise,” he said. “Who was that shifty-looking bloke with the creepy eyes who just came in? Read More


6 comments on “Happy New Year!

  1. michelinewalker
    January 1, 2016

    May it be a very generous year. Best.


  2. Laura Bloomsbury
    January 1, 2016

    never tire of your SC tales – dialogue bubbles with a sweet vinegary undertow as good as Alvarez’s bad wine – ¡Feliz Año Nuevo


  3. Colltales
    January 1, 2016

    To you too. All the best to you and everyone you love in 2016 and beyond. Cheers


  4. The 1910 Bottling Company
    January 1, 2016

    A happy and amazing 2016 too!


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