Island Life Magazine Ltd December 2008/January 2009 - Page 6

life BREAKING NEWS FOREWORD Christmas festivities at Osborne There was a sense of pure, unadulterated joy at Osborne House during their Victorian Christmas weekend. The Singing Chimneysweeps were singing that they’d “never seen a straight banana” which they followed up with that comic lament “My Baby’s Gorn Dahn the Plughole”. The snow was falling, and there was a smile on the face of each and every person. It was like stepping back in time. The crowd were just as impressed with the brilliantly breathless potted performance of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. The lack of actors – there were just two – did little to curtail the plot, to which they remained remarkably true – it was the quick changes, the thrusting on of wigs, hats and Christmas parcels that made it hilarious. It was good to see that the 6 courtyard sideshows had grown since last year. The magician act was given more space, so his magnificently deft acts and clever timing could be appreciated by more people. The Punch and Judy man, whose puppets were surprisingly violent even for a Punch and Judy act, was well received too, by adults and children alike. Inside the house Queen Victoria – well, it certainly looked like the Queen herself – was telling a fascinated public about some of the members of her family, while in the dining room a ladies’ maid explained to passers by what exactly was on the festive table. A desert like a beehive was constructed of honey meringue, filled with honey icecream and scattered with sugar bees. Photos by Kit Young. The Island's new funky radio station www.wightfm.com