Last year she sponsored a fence post and a duck at Bath City farm, where she works. She was from a poor family and would get a tangerine, an orange, or a bag of nuts at Christmas and she has the most wonderful memories of those tiny little things at this time of year.
I know society has completely moved on but I would like my kids to have an element of that — that Christmas is a treat. Alexia says she is part of a local community of mums starting to do things differently in a bid to stop Christmas being so consumerist. Others gave up on Christmas presents decades before the issue of plastic pollution or climate change made headlines.
When I heard people talking about the environment , I thought they were just bloody hippies.
But then in I heard about global warming and knew we were in trouble. For years, David would see his family on Christmas Day and then have friends over in the evening. Scientists say that people are most likely to have heart attacks during the Christmas period because of increased emotional stress. Someone often mothers has to put in the legwork to make sure everyone enjoys the day — including decorating the house, buying and cooking all the food and dishing out presents.
Jane Ruessmann, 58, a translator from Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, banned presents to try to alleviate some of the strain. Then one year, I just thought, shall we not do this anymore? On Christmas Day everyone gets a homemade paper hat. She says her daughters are completely happy without the present fuss. Getting together at Christmas was initially a bit of a nightmare as we all felt that we should bring along a present for all those who were coming. It makes them happy for half an hour but I think it would do good to give children a bit less.
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Since , they had worked with audio engineer and producer Eddy Offord , who also mixed the band's live sound in concert. After their Relayer tour, however, Offord thought the band's style had become "a bit stale", and thought a break from the band to pursue other projects was needed. In a first for the band, the album was produced entirely by Yes. After constructing extended tracks since , Yes decided to scale things back and record songs that critic and author Chris Welch described as "user friendly".
In one instance, Howe recalled the band had started to arrange "another five-minute introduction" to a song before they abandoned it and realised "there are more ways of getting into songs [ The album is a kind of celebration [ Any musician should be given the chance to extend his horizons and luckily we've been successful enough to do so. But generally we think of this as a more eventful album.
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We've come back to a happier medium. It's something we felt we wanted to do at this time. If we wanted another 'Tales' concept we would have gone in that direction, but we needed to relax for a while—a little more laughing and jive. In addition to recording at Mountain Studios, the organ on "Parallels" and "Awaken" were played on the church organ at St.
Martin's church in the town of Vevey , some four miles away. When it came to selecting material for Going for the One , Anderson presented the song once more and it was selected for the album. Its meaning was inspired from a variety of ideas, including sport, horse racing, a film he once saw about "going down the Grand Canyon river on one of those rubber dinghies", and "the cosmic mind". He also felt the song did not fit with the style of the other tracks on his album.
In its rough form, the song contained no guitar riffs. During the day, the lyrics to the track entered his mind that he later wrote down. He noted the song's meaning as "the joys of life, as opposed to the uptightedness of some aspects of life" that was inspired by romantic stories and "a kind of dream sequence".
Anderson drew further inspiration from a book about the life of Dutch painter Rembrandt , which had affected him "quite significantly". Howe had written the beginning of the guitar solo previously, which was originally to be a part of a solo guitar piece. In addition to a change of producers and engineers, Going for the One also marked a departure in the band's choice of artwork design. Since , they had worked with English artist Roger Dean who became known for his surreal and fantastical landscapes and designed their logo.
It was intended to be a sequel design to his art on the band's first live album, Yessongs Dean recalled visiting the studio to find Anderson painting a cover of what he wanted and seemed uninterested in seeing his own design. In the end, he claimed he did not present his ideas to any other band member.
They came up with a marked change in direction that represented a new, revitalised attitude within the band and their return to more direct and concise songs. Presented as a gatefold sleeve , the front cover depicts a standing nude male looking towards multiple skyscrapers against a blue sky. Dean's logo designed for the band was retained and is credited in the liner notes. Inside features a photograph of each band member by Lake Geneva with a background depicting a tree above a lake.
In their place came stark, geometric simplicity.