Five Things #14

Precious Little Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky is a prequel to the magical novella Made Things, which has just been published. It’s so good that I now have the novella.

Chris Grey asks what ‘getting Brexit done‘ actually means. There are some nasty surprises in store for anyone who thinks that Britain leaving the UK in January will be the end of it.

Robert McCrum remembers Clive James, who died last week.

Jennie Rigg points to what the phrase ‘poisoning of political discourse‘ means for real people.

And finally, here’s Wumo on Black Friday:

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Disaster!

I think I’ve mentioned before that Wednesday night is pizza night. I come home to an empty house on Wednesday evening because the boys are all at karate, and go straight out to the local pizzeria. By the time I return, freshly cooked pizzas in hand, the boys are changed, hungry and ready for the evening meal.

So, to yesterday and, as I was walking up the main street I was struck by the lack of a welcoming neon glow ahead of me. It wasn’t long before my worst fears were realised: They were closed!

After an emergency phone call to my partner and a quick detour past a supermarket (handily open until 7:30pm) we had a stack of frozen pizzas and the immediate crisis was averted.

It’s not unusual for restaurants locally to take a couple of weeks off during quieter times. I was a little surprised, though, that they didn’t have a notice up to let customers know when they would be back. So I looked up their website when I got home and it was here that the next bombshell fell.

They have changed their opening days.

They are no longer open on Wednesdays.

Not ever.

We are going to have go somewhere else for our Wednesday pizzas.