Woohoo! I passed my driving theory test this morning!

Of course, this now means I’m going to be let loose in a vehicle on the roads next year. Look out Ireland!

As a little treat after the test, I wandered up to Hodges Figgis and picked up some early Christmas presents for, er, me:

Nigel Slater’s Eating for England – how can I resist the UK’s most treasured food writer?

AA Gill’s Table Talk – a collection of pieces showing off the acid-tongued restaurant reviewer at his best. Always entertaining and good value, unlike anything else in the Style section of The Sunday Times.

Pauline Nguyen’s Secrets of the Red Lantern – a beautifully put together book about Vietnamese food and stories from Pauline’s family. A real object of beauty.

I should probably point out that I did buy presents for other folks too. But I can’t say what they are as I know some of those people read this blog. So no spoilers before the big day!

I’m looking forward to curling up with all of these fantastic books but right now I’ve got to run out the door, grab a train and go to Mr B’s office Christmas party. Tis the season!

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