Tuesday, 23 December 2008

A seagull



I think that all good Christmasses, and hence advent calendars, should have a journey in them. The three wise men apparently thought so and it seems that most people i know make some sort of trek either to be there, or to receive those who travel here.
The BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool is charting his journey to Bethlehem on a donkey in recreation of Mary and Joseph's seasonal trip, and the videos and text are well worth visiting.

Today i found myself in Dover harbour as part of my own, non star following journey, waiting for the cross channel ferry to dock; dusk was settling and the White Cliffs were beginning to fade. It has been two years since i was last in England, even longer since i last arrived by boat.

As the evening moved in close around us, the cry of many seagulls filled the air and i realized how much i associate them with this land, island that it is, and how much i have missed their call.

A chance find, which has dictated the content of this calendar as much as designed intent, has allowed me to place one, behind a door for the 22nd day of December.

If i was more designer than chancer i would still want to include it.

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