Repeatedly being told it’s the most wonderful time of the year may seem, in our politically ravaged age, somewhat counter intuitive; goading, almost, in its insistence on sheer, sherried up joy as the world appears to fall apart around us. But look a little closer – past the Brexit stalemate, of no deals and no contingency plans and cries of no hope and, you just might find, things aren’t quite as gloomy as first thought. For example: Normal people are back in fashion Stacey Dooley’s triumph in Strictly Come Dancing proved, as Harry Redknapp’s victory in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! had a week earlier, that showbiz showboats are out, and salt-of-the-earth sorts are in. Dooley was long the people’s favourite: one of the few finalists who hadn’t had prior dance training and, with an easy charm and no-frills attitude matched by that of her partner, Kevin Clifton, swiftly took up residence in the nation’s hearts. Redknapp had done similar in ITV’s outback-based extravaganza, his partnership of 51 years with wife Sandra, who he met aged 17 in their local pub, warming our collective cockles sufficiently to see him crowned king of the jungle. Tales of this… Read full this story
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