I have a real yen to ring in the New Year with company this year. Me being me, of course, it would have to be a rare and right sort of company. And since I’m generally more comfortable with one to one situations, it would have to be a lone individual. Where would I find such a rarity at such short notice?
I could offer hospitality in the form of scotch, rum, beer, mince pies and Christmas cake. I could offer a warm fire and a warm heart. And my neighbour is planning to be away so there would be no noise restrictions. We could giggle, guffaw and give vent to any manner of silliness. We might even sit in silence and exchange glances as Big Ben beats the bounds to another mile post along the conveyor belt.
I think the appropriate phrase is ‘hey, ho.’