Before we know it, Christmas will be on our doorsteps and it will be time for Axegrinder and his sources to crack open the bubbly.
However, I hear that staff at the Telegraph Media GroupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all-singing all-dancing newsroom hub in Victoria arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too happy about new arrangements for their Christmas do this year.
In the past, staffers all got a voucher (for about Ã‚£35), which meant that each department head could arrange their own party for their team. Whether it was going to a restaurant or a pub, a nightclub or a strip joint, no one seemed to mind.
But now, managing editor Richard Ellis has decreed otherwise: there will be no vouchers, and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be arranging one party for all and sundry. Well, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d better show up, or else.