Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack's Christmas themed comeback cover of "Love Is All Around" which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe's chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel's wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter's best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won't say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France ... Written by Huggo
On graduating from Dunkerton Community School last May, Levi decided he wasn’t interested in college. He’d like to drive a truck for a living but doesn’t think his father would like that. His mother says Levi is scrupulous about helping on the farm and “his only fault is that he doesn’t pick up after himself.” He might like to try some more acting, but he isn’t taking anything for granted. With Country a hit and Levi winning raves, he has signed up with a manager in New York, but so far no takers. Levi isn’t losing any sleep over it. “I’m just sitting around washing my truck and shooting frogs,” says Levi. “I never expected anything. If it comes, it comes. If it don’t, it don’t.”
If you go to Barbados today, you can see the legacies of sugar: the ruined mills, their wooden blades turning in the wind, marking time; the faded mansions; the roads that rise and fall but never lose sight of the sea; the hotels where the tourists are filled with jam and rum; and those few factories where the cane is still heaved into the presses, and the raw sugar, sticky sweet, is sent down the chutes. Standing in a refinery, as men in hard hats rushed around me, I read a handwritten sign: a prayer beseeching the Lord to grant them the wisdom, protection, and strength to bring in the crop.