December 2004 Newsletter
As Christmas is fast approaching the party season
is back, it is time to start thinking of all the festivities ahead.
Platinum Clubhouse is no exception. We have planned a mulled wine
morning for Wed 8th of Dec from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is always
a very enjoyable occasion. We serve mulled wine, minerals, mince
pies and Christmas cake, to our members and the community you
are all invited. Also on the 17th of Dec at the Town House Hotel
in Naas we are having our Christmas Dinner. To date we have lots
of names on our list but we would also extend a warm welcome to
any other members who are interested. The cost is €10 for members
and €25 for spouses or partners.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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The Magic of Christmas
All the beautiful stories told about Christmas, help to make it
the magic that it is, especially stories involving birds, animals
For instance, legends tell us of the raven being the first bird
to know of the birth of Jesus. Apparently he was flying over Bethlehem
when he heard the angels singings of a newly born infant. The cockerel
also became aware of the good news, and proclaimed it to the world
by crowing throughout the night. Ever since cocks are believed to
celebrate the Nativity by crowing frequently during Christmas night.
Perhaps the most beautiful story of all is the ancient belief
that animals kneel facing the East at midnight on Christmas Eve,
and for a short time are given the power of speech
Who’s afraid of Virginia
Well not really! We were lucky enough with listings
to be able to see the newly released Bridged Jones The Edge of Reason
in the ‘local’ - cinema that is!
Apparently Renee Zellweger actually was so dedicated
to this comedy that she put on weight and got into a frumpy style.
That shows her dedication in even messing potentially with her health—the
dangers of yo-yo dieting and all that it entails.
The film to me was refreshingly old fashioned, in
a good way, in that it was a comedy without the token bad sex, two
guns blazing, noise and gimmicks. I am glad to say that there is
still the capability out there to give us light entertainment that
is not taxing, gratuitously violent or downright white noise and
will ensure that there are no mental residues to prevent a good
I still miss Norman Wisdom, Jerry Lewis, Audey Murphy
Ann Margaret and the Original Parent Trap and the original Star
I had a look around the town first and a ’cuppa’ and
had a very good evening as I think all had.
My trip to America was funny to say the least. Carmel, Breda and
I had a good laugh and got a bit of site seeing while we were at
it though. We saw Boston and went on a boat cruise around Boston
harbour where the sailor told us all about the history of Boston.
It was so good we went on it twice. We then had a trip to Cape Cod
where we went to a fancy hotel for something to eat. I had a lobster
for the first time and I have to say its mighty tasty. Our trip
to Cape Cod was kind of rushed but I didn’t mind I had a few drinks
with our colleagues and a good time was had by all there. Then after
that we moseyed on back to the hotel, but before the meal and drinks
I got a tattoo. Heads turned when I got home I can tell you that
but hey, first trip to America, first time to get lobster, first
time to fly so why not I thought. Carmel, Breda and I then joined
a gym where we swam in the pool and worked out with the gym equipment.
Plenty of shopping was done especially by me (hard to believe).
The members of Genesis were great and some were working T.E. which
I think were remarkable jobs to be in. I’d like to thanks Genesis
for their hospitality letting us stay in their Guest house which
was in excellent condition, a really old but classic house. The
Clubhouse was only down the road from it. I’ll leave you now with
one thing: Up the Irish and up the American Irish which everyone
Santa Claus is on his way
With gifts for each good child
He will travel on his sleigh
Through snow so barren wild
Rudolph with his red nose
Will carry Santa without fail
For Father Christmas clearly knows
Each and every hill and dale
Down the chimney Santa will go
With the greatest of expertise
For any task Santa easily undergoes
With gifts for all to please
So sleep tight each one of you
And dream of Christmas day
Santa loves you through and through
In his very special way
So on a peaceful Christmas night
Many gifts for each girl and boy
Christmas holds a fear of delight
With Santa and all that cry
Seasonal Good Humour
Q. What did Santa Claus say to his wife on Christmas Eve?
A. Don’t go out in the reindeer.
Q. What do angry mice send each other for Christmas?
A. Cross mouse cards.
Q. Where is the best place to get your Christmas dinner?
Q. What did one Christmas Cracker say to the other?
A. My pop’s bigger than yours.
Q. What do you call a game of tug-o’-war with Santa Claus?
A Christmas heave.
Special Opening hours over
Christmas Eve 24th December:
11:30am - 3:00pm
Monday 27th December: 11:30am
Wednesday 29th December: 11:30am
New Year’s Eve 31st December:
11:30am - 3:00pm
Mulled Red Wine
One of the easiest ways to entertain some of your
friends before Christmas is to serve Mulled wine and Minced Pies
with lots of whiskey cream. At that stage they are still a novelty,
whereas after Christmas people tend to groan, “Oh no! Not mince
pies again !”.
- 1 Bottle of good red wine
- a small piece of cinnamon bark
- a clove -
a blade of mace
- 4 ozs (110 g / 1 cup) sugar
- Thinly paired rind of 1 lemon
Put the sugar into a stainless steel/cast iron
saucepan, pour the wine over, add the lemon rind, cinnamon bark,
mace and the clove. Heat slowly, stirring to make sure the sugar
A Small room can look bigger if it
is painted white or off white.
Use paint imaginatively on old
furniture, picture frames or
Employment and Education Unit
Employment is going very well at the moment. A large
number of members are out working in T.E.’s and S.E.’s. Some members
are up to the maximum number of hours a week, all members recorded
as working are being fully supported by all staff from Platinum.
A member has commenced employment in a long standing T.E. site of
Platinum this week. He is enjoying being in the work force again.
All staff at the company made him very welcome. Declan is commencing
employment in a Hire Service.
Education has been very active over the past few weeks.
Michael is busy on his course in the I.T. college. Anna is back
in V.T.O.S. doing her 2nd year, Lydia is busy at Art Classes. Barry,
Paul and Michael T have completed their computer course in the Library.
Barry and Paul have done exams in computer studies and Brid is having
an introduction to computers.
Mulled Wine Morning.
Date: Dec 8th 11-2.
Town House, Naas.
Date: Dec 17th.
Get Well Wishes to:
All our members who are unwell.
Birthday Wishes to: Ann,
Martin, Curt, Declan, John, Angela, Caroline, Alan, Clive
Welcome to our new members: John Joe,
The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not
necessarily the views of Platinum Clubhouse. Any articles, items or
pictures in this newsletter may only be reproduced following permission
from Platinum Clubhouse.
Contributors: Eileen D, Patricia,
Lydia, Paddy M, Robbie, Stephen D, Breda and Carmel.