The Christmas Robins, picture 9

“I been standing out here gettin frosbite
inna black night, feels like a fortnite
cos a shiny angel all dress in white
come down a beam of light, into my field, right?
and he says to the shepherds no need for fright
cos a new kinda prince bein born tonite
he gonna lift the lowly to a new height
he gonna fix up the wrong and gonna make it right
he gonna fix up the blind man and give him sight
and the unrequited gonna get his requite
and you can find this prince ’bout midnight
inna tumbledown shed fulla candle light
lyin in a manger wrap up in white
if you follow that star that’s a-­shinin bright”

From the new picture book by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis

The Christmas Robins, picture 7

“‘Is it that shed over there?’ said Robbie.
‘The very same,’ said the camel.
‘Look at it!’ said Ropey. ‘It’s falling to bits! If that’s Christmas, it must be a shambles.’
‘I think it looks nice and cosy,’ said Rupert.
‘Come on,’ said Robbie. ‘We’ll take a closer look.'”

From the new picture book by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis.

The Christmas Robins, picture 6

“‘Once,’ said the camel, ‘I lived in a beautiful palace, in a hot country full of elegant palm trees. Now my master the King drags me here against my will, and he leaves me shivering in this field of snow, while he goes to take a look inside a shed! A lowly shed! He who once reclined on a throne of gold! And all because of Christmas!'”

From the new picture book by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis.

The Christmas Robins, picture 5

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“Then they saw a camel.
‘Excuse me, Mr Camel,’ said Robbie. ‘Do you know anything about Christmas?’
‘Don’t talk to me about Christmas,’ said the camel. ‘I hate Christmas.’
‘There you are!’ said Ropey.
‘How can you hate it?’ said Rupert. ‘It’s the best thing ever!'”

The fifth picture from The Christmas Robins, the new picture book by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis.

The Christmas Robins, picture 4

“‘I can’t go on!’ said Ropey. ‘I’m ill. Look how red my breast’s gone.’
‘It’s supposed to be like that,’ said Robbie.
‘Is it?’
‘Of course it is! That’s how people know we’re robins!’
‘That’s how we look so smart and cheerful!’ exclaimed Rupert.
‘Cheerful!’ said Ropey. ‘Cheerful he says! What about my thin legs? Look how thin my legs are! Who can be cheerful with legs like these?'”

From The Christmas Robins, the new picture book by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis.

Dr Hairy’s Podcast, No 9

http://drhairy.org/index.php/dr-hairys-research-podcasts

Dr David Hindmarsh and Julian Le Saux discuss articles from the BMJ:

  • Where are we on immunity and vaccines? BMJ 2020;370:m3096
  • Management of post-acute covid-19 in primary care, BMJ 2020;370:m3026
  • Appraisal and revalidation for UK doctors—time to assess the evidence, BMJ 2020;370:m3415
  • Prioritising primary care patients with unexpected weight loss for cancer investigation, BMJ 2020;370:m2651
  • Breast cancer: study claiming that screening women in their 40s ‘found the opposite’, say critics, BMJ 2020;370:m3191

The Christmas Robins, picture 2

“They came to a crow.
‘Can you tell us where to find Christmas?’ said Robbie.
‘Find what?’ said the crow.
‘Christmas!’ said Rupert. ‘It’s the next big thing! It’s going to be terrific!’
‘Never heard of it,’ said the crow.
‘I told you it was hopeless,’ said Ropey.”

The second picture from ‘The Christmas Robins’, by myself and Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis.

Chicks

I’m transferring some of my Flash work from about 15-20 years ago onto video, as Flash won’t be supported by any of the internet browsers from the end of this year. ‘Chicks’ is the story of a chick choir, and one chick in particular who insists on singing an unnecessary solo.

You can find the video on IGTV, or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ApjpjKl0-_w