Alice has arrived and she has made such a difference! The Father Christmases are simply falling over themselves to help her instead of resisting all change in their usual fashion. Already they have agreed to allow the Mother Christmases to join the normal training courses and she has instituted advanced technology sessions on Thursdays and Fridays for anyone who wishes. There were so many applicants that we are contemplating more courses in the New Year. Even Grumbo and Tingle have signed on. Ethel is being very cynical and says it is her long hair that does it and she hopes they will pay attention to what Alice says and not to how she looks. They don’t seem nearly so keen on Florence’s cookery classes, but I suppose there are limits to the attractions of making a good liver casserole. I’m afraid she has tripe cooking on the menu for next week too.
There are some problems, of course. Grumbo got himself stuck in a rotating time loop last week. Alice set the class to work out how to get him out as a homework exercise. They didn’t do it very quickly. He was looking quite exhausted by the time they extricated him. – I think that perhaps that maybe what she intended.