Peter Butterworth’s character, the disbelieving missionary in Carry On Up The Khyber would have empathised. Close on 40 degrees outside and I’m part of a dozen or so Brits sitting down steadfastly to Roast Turkey and Roast Pork with all the trimmings.

All that’s missing is the walls caving in and the band playing on.

With typical British resolve we plough on through the delicious, if untypical middle of Aussie summer fayre, with gusto. Then someone hits the iPod and Fairytale of New York (Hello Chris!) fills the room with cynical yet seasonal cheer.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

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