With Christmas just around the corner, our guilty pleasures multiply, our austerity is forgotten about (until January's credit-card bill rolls in) and our oblivion continues unabated until the latest gizmo is torn from the wrapping-paper and plugged in and humanity chokes on its last chocolate. Cheery thoughts, eh?
Sadly, some people aren't in a position to flirt with being penniless and unable to heat their homes - because they haven't got a home or savings in the first place. It's a bitter, vicious circle to be in and far less enjoyable than struggling to pay for little Wayne's iPod or Britney's trip to Disneyland. Crisis constantly campaigns for homelessness to end, or at least make life healthier for those caught in the trap. You can help.
Last year at Hammersmith's Apollo, some of our finest music and comedy entertainers took to the stage for, nothing more than, the act of raising as much money as possible for the champion charity. For 2012, the act of kindness is set to be repeated as Paul Weller has been confirmed once again as the headliner for this year's Stand Up and Rock bonanza at the same venue. Weller's superb "Sonic Kicks" album issued earlier in 2012 should ensure a pin-sharp show, venue-filler and fund-raising jamboree.
Taking place on Wednesday 20th December, the show will also feature Weller ally Miles Kane and long-time campaigner Ben Elton, with more names set to be announced in due course.
Tickets for the evening are on sale via us now and are priced from £39.50 to £55. Donation details to Crisis, as well as news the latest campaigns being run by the organization, can be found on their website here - www.crisis.org.uk