Filed: Christmas

Sunday Round-up

May be a sleeper? Amid all the media frenzy about Theresa May’s coughing fit, P45 prankster and malfunctioning set, the key issue was that she was wearing a bracelet of portraits by communist artist Frida Kahlo, one-time lover of Trotsky.

An easy mistake to make: The neighbours of a man in Zurich mistook the Jack Daniels whiskey flag flying outside his house for the ISIS black flag of death. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

One for YP: Following last week’s feature on the Great Northern Sandwich comes news that The Yorkshire Roast Co has produced a full Sunday roast wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding.

Red faces in Red Square: The statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov that I also reported last week had to be altered within days of being unveiled because the sculptor had included the wrong gun. (Hat tip to Yorkshire Pudding) Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

What a bust: Footballing heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t look quite so handsome when a sculpture of him was unveiled at the ceremony at Madeira airport which has been named after him. I think it looks like Niall Quinn.

Speaking of busts: Sculptor David Bradley has carved a statue of the pregnant Beyonce entirely out of cheese as part of the East Village’s Wine and Cheese Festival. Read more ›››

Christmas Cornucopia

Now that Christmas has passed, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you – if you add up the value of the presents you bought for other people and subtract the value of those you received then you almost certainly made a loss.

It has nothing to do with your relative generosity or having children to buy for, but something that clever economists call a deadweight loss. Read more ›››

Christmas Round-up

I wish it could be Christmas every day: The self-proclaimed Mr Christmas who has celebrated Christmas every day of the year for 23 years vowed to quit the habit last year but quit quitting after just two weeks.

Bad Santa: Father Christmas has landed himself in trouble for promising a seven-year-old boy a £400 Lego toy that his mother can’t afford. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

As mentioned above, certain letters are getting harder to fill and none more eXasperating than X. So given the time of year I decided what better that to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

The Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

No Wonder Woman: There is one less woman in politics after Wonder Woman was sacked as an honorary UN ambassador.

She was meant to front a female empowerment campaign but an online petition complained that a ‘large-breasted, white woman of impossible proportions’ was not a suitable symbol of global equality. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

First Scrooge of Christmas: The landlord of the Lion and Key pub in Hull has banned anyone wearing Christmas jumpers or fancy dress for the duration of the festive period.

Written in the sky: An unknown pilot is using his plane to make art in the sky for users of the Flightradar24 tracking website. He or she has drawn a flower, a plane and the word ‘hello’ in the skies above Germany. Read more ›››

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