In this day and age, how do you find your way around a Filofax?

Ed Sheeran

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It’s at this time of year that I’ve started to realise one thing... I’ve forgotten how to use a Filofax.

You never think you’re going to need to use one again, and then you realise you have to dig out all those old addresses for Christmas cards that you send to family or friends whose places of residence you don’t have listed on any digital media.

So, I had to try and remember how the heck to use my fat paper Filofax.

And it was really hard. You’ve forgotten what all the sections are for; you have two or three addresses written down for the same person and you don’t know which the current one is.

All in all it’s a nightmare. They ought to run classes to remind us how to use them. You know how you sometimes see a new food and drink product and think: ‘That’s got a name that just doesn’t sound right.’

Well, that happened to me yesterday – I saw a product on the supermarket shelves called ‘strained yoghurt’.

Apparently, it’s another name for Greek yoghurt. It’s yoghurt that’s been strained in a cloth or paper bag or filter to remove the whey, giving a consistency between that of yoghurt and cheese.

But I just think calling it ‘strained’ sounds wrong because whenever anyone mentions ‘straining’, well….you know!

Could we just go back to calling it Greek yoghurt please?

A Christmas shopping phenomenon I noticed this year – people on their phones as they walked around buying presents.

And what gets me is that they were carrying on discussions with people about potential gifts they’d just seen and whether they might be suitable for the person they were thinking of buying them for.

What annoys me about this is that if they have to ask someone else what another person might want for Christmas, then they obviously don’t know them that well.

And if they don’t know them that well – what the heck are they buying them a Christmas present for? It beats me.

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