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Shop staff shine as the real saints at Christmas

Christmas shops shopping shoppers stock

I dedicate my column this week to those that work in retail. The people that spend time cleaning up smashed jars of pickled onions in the aisle at Tesco. Those who organise the mish-mash of bargain clothes on the never-ending sale racks in New Look.

Phil Gillam: Plunging my hands in the snow of Christmases past

Magical - The front page of the TV21 comic from December 23, 1967

The great Dylan Thomas once wrote: “All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find.”

No need to be lonely this Christmas


Wrapping up in front of a fire with your other half, hanging two stockings on the fireplace, watching Love Actually and smooching under the mistletoe.