know why the washing water is yellow? It doesn’t do to dwell on subjectslike that too long; perhaps it has lots of sulphur in it. I hope it’s thatanyway…I placed the steaming bowl in my cell and covered it with a clean towel before collecting my bright red plastic cup and plate. Making my waydown the landing, past the recess again, down the cast iron steps at theend and on to the serving hatch.I collected my breakfast of warm tea, damp toast, a fatty strip of baconand, a Boxing Day treat, a dollop of jam. With these consumables balanced in my hands I made my way back to the steps, up to the landing,down past the stinking recess and into my cell where a faceless screw waswaiting to slam the door behind me.I put on Radio Four as I ate my breakfast and heard the day’s news. Itwas not very good news for some and I realised that this Christmas musthave been terrible for others. Mine was awful but it was predictable, Iwas warm and fed and clothed and I was prepared for it. Whereas, the people on the news were expecting a good Christmas. Instead they endedup having an awful one.As I looked at my small dollop of jam sitting on my damp slice of toast Ithought about Christmas and realised that I could take it or leave it really,the jam that is.After the news I had a wash and a shave while I listened to a comedyshow on the radio. I thought it was a strange time for comedy, seventhirty in the morning but, after all, it was Boxing Day. It was quiet funnyand I had a happy shave listening to it.After washing I listened to the rest of the show taking a moment to sit atmy table and rolling a cigarette. The foul tasting smoke filled my lungsand I felt the nicotine enter my bloodstream. The rain was now poringfrom the sky and as it hit the window pane it sounded like a roll of drumsin the distance.The sky was dark and angry, I felt very warm and secure in my littleroom watching the sheets of water fall from the sky. I took a moment tothink about all those people out there, the free people out there, who werecold and wet and didn’t have a dollop of jam to eat this morning.