From The Nest – The Secret Squirrel

This week’s post from The Secret Squirrel will be his/her last for 2008. Fear not, as the Secret One is going into hibernation over Christmas, and will return fresh and rested in the new year. Meanwhile, here’s a special Christmas-themed comment from the Secret One, plus a little bit of his thoughts about 2008. Take it away oh nut eating squirrel!……..

My thoughts from 2008. Well! It has been very refreshing observing the constant development of the website, and being a part of it. I have to say the highlight of my year was when I debuted with my first movie review, and the last one I finished at that. I have hundreds of notes written throughout the place on all sorts of movies, just things come up and I lose the time to finish them and then the spouse-squirrel wants “quality time” and we watch something else and I start another project. Never fear, 2009 holds a brighter prospect for finishing my review projects I’m sure.

The world has seen a fair bit in 2008. New president elected in the United States. New PM doing wonderful and wacky things in the land of Oz. The Olympic Games in Beijing were a highlight, the terrible disasters around Asia (Natural and political) were not. The economy is seeing 2008 out on a bit of a downer – however, it hasn’t effected my nut quantities in storage just yet so I can’t complain. A thumbs up to ol’ Jamie whatshisname Naked Chef, on his expedition to save the species. Top movies I enjoyed this year were Wall-E, Transformers, Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Get Smart, Stardust and Sex and the City. Movies I haven’t had the honour of viewing yet, but I’m dying to see are Hancock, Be Kind Rewind, Kung Fu Panda, Pineapple Express, The Love Guru, and when it is released, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It has been a good year for film.

I can see that there is a market for Christmas movies, and they are all showing on the telly now that we’re well and truly into the festive season.  But absolutely none of these movies stands out to me as one worth watching. Could somebody please leave a remark if they know of one I could spend my precious Christmas sleepy holiday time watching? Other than that, I struggle to think of a Christmassy movie quote to leave you with. But err…. there is always this one:

  • Donkey: Yeah? Well, that’s a real nice way to treat your guests on Christmas. And if you think I am going to give you a present now, you are sadly mistaken.
    Shrek: You want to give me a present? Then go away! That’s all I wanted!
    Donkey: Fine! I’m going!
    Shrek: Good! Then go!
    Donkey: You go and have yourself a merry Christmas, Ebeneezer Shrek!
    Shrek: And a Bah Humbug to you, too!
    – From Shrek The Halls (2007)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all frequenters.


The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

– Burton Hillis

Who wrote this?