Jonathan’s Mistletoe Diary is a good source of general mistletoe news and gossip, with new stories and features throughout mistletoe season – there is a feed to recent posts from it below.
Recent posts from the Mistletoe Diary:
Are there Nargles in your mistletoe?
by Jonathan Briggs on December 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm
If you’re worried about Nargles in your mistletoe then you’ve probably been reading too much Harry Potter, for that’s the only world where they occur. If indeed they occur at all. Even in the Potter world the only evidence of their existence is from Luna Lovegood, a fellow Hogwarts student, who suggests they are mischievous … Continue reading Are there Nargles in your mistletoe? →
Mistletoe sales – a measure of economic recovery?
by Jonathan Briggs on December 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm
US economic news organisation Marketplace visited the Tenbury Well Mistletoe Auctions a week or so ago, for a radio broadcast discussing whether mistletoe sales reflect post-covid economic recovery here in the UK. The general feeling at the auctions was upbeat, which is great – though bear in mind this was recorded just before the Omicron … Continue reading Mistletoe sales – a measure of economic recovery? →
Mistletoe at Longney, plus a wannabe Road Runner pheasant
by Jonathan Briggs on December 12, 2021 at 5:02 pm
A quick wander round the orchards at Longney, south of Gloucester, today. These are the orchards managed by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust – two old surviving orchards, called Long Tyning and Bollow and two newly planted orchards called, less excitingly, Middle and Lower. All adjoining the upper reaches of the tidal Severn. Today was primarily … Continue reading Mistletoe at Longney, plus a wannabe Road Runner pheasant →
The innocence of H1N1 and mistletoe
by Jonathan Briggs on December 11, 2021 at 7:06 pm
Discussing the mistletoe kissing crisis with a reporter recently I recalled the ‘Kissing Etiquette’ devised by Debretts, in conjunction with the Tenbury Mistletoe Festival, back in 2009. That was in the winter of the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic – a time that seems so innocent now. As does the kissing advice of the day – … Continue reading The innocence of H1N1 and mistletoe →
Can mistletoe save the honeyeater?
by Jonathan Briggs on December 9, 2021 at 11:11 am
The Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia, an Australian bird, was once so common that its call was heard everywhere. Today, following much habitat loss over several decades, plus recent bushfires, it is endangered, with just a few hundred left. Indeed it is so rare that young males can no longer learn their mating calls, there being … Continue reading Can mistletoe save the honeyeater? →
Dodgy Mistletoe Spin-offs 1957: Tony Hancock, sub-Druid 476
by Jonathan Briggs on December 9, 2021 at 9:06 am
Ok, this isn’t a 2021 mistletoe spin-off, it’s a January 1957 one, but re-broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra yesterday (8th December 2021). In this episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, the thirteenth in the fourth series, the lad himself (Tony H) is spooked by the unlucky number 13 (he is triskaidekaphobic) and takes to his … Continue reading Dodgy Mistletoe Spin-offs 1957: Tony Hancock, sub-Druid 476 →
Dodgy Mistletoe Spin-offs 2021 #1 The Smooching Sweater
by Jonathan Briggs on December 8, 2021 at 2:18 pm
The first of a few rather tasteless mistletoe-themed things for this season. Thankfully it’s too late to get this one – the Smooching Sweater – now, so there’s no need to worry. Unless someone managed to get you one for Christmas. Each sweater had to be won though – you couldn’t just buy one. The … Continue reading Dodgy Mistletoe Spin-offs 2021 #1 The Smooching Sweater →
by Jonathan Briggs on December 7, 2021 at 1:59 pm
There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of novels with mistletoe in the title, though they are, mostly, romantic fiction and I tend to ignore those. But I was reminded, recently, of P.D.James’ The Mistletoe Murder (published in The Spectator in 1991 and in anthology The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories in 2016) and realised I couldn’t … Continue reading Mistletoe Mysteries →
by Jonathan Briggs on December 3, 2021 at 5:58 pm
Nick Champion’s reports of this season’s mistletoe auctions are now available. As usual, these don’t give much detail, so don’t get excited: First auction, 23rd November 2021 “The mistletoe was of better quality [than the holly] and met a solid demand.” 1st Quality Mistletoe fetched up to £3.50 per kg with an average of £2.50 … Continue reading Mistletoe sales →
Omicron! Snog, Mistletoe, Avoid?
by Jonathan Briggs on December 2, 2021 at 10:41 am
Having never watched the BBC TV Series ‘Snog Marry Avoid?” I know very little about it, except that it is about whether someone is more, or less, attractive after a make-over. Nicking the concept for Covid-19 variants, I wonder whether someone standing under mistletoe this December will be more, or less, attractive now that we … Continue reading Omicron! Snog, Mistletoe, Avoid? →
For general background information on mistletoe you can browse these Mistletoe Pages or access the various Mistletoe Information Sheets (and other downloads) prepared by the Mistletoe Matters consultancy – all of those are listed here.